The “Master of Climate Change and Environmental Studies" programme at CUST gives students the theoretical grounding and practical experience required to address the climate change issues with particular emphasis to its impact on humanity and development. They are expected to take away a raft of transferable skills from their academic pursuit at CUST that would enable them to take challenges of climate change concerning career. The course reviews the main causes and consequences of climate change and summarizes its impact on humanity as a whole.
The major objectives of this programme are as follows:
1. Equip students with conceptual and empirical knowledge as well as research skills necessary to understand and analyze contemporary issues pertaining to impact of climate change in broad geographical contexts.
2. Equip graduates with a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for a country like Bangladesh and how to mitigate the same.
3. Examine the scope and prospects for adapting to change and contributing to emissions reduction in the context of development issues and poverty reduction.
4. Equip participants with a deeper awareness of the ideas, opportunities and trade-offs represented by adaptation and mitigation of the impact of climate change.
5. Impart graduates a theoretical, methodological and practical competency on the issues of Climate Change that would be useful for their career in further academic research, development practice sector.
The learning outcomes of this programme are as follows:
1. Explain how the climate system including the physical basis of climate Change and identify the causes of climate change.
2. Assess the impacts of climate variability and climate change on agriculture, food systems, water, health, ecosystems, industry, settlement, society and humanity as a whole.
3. Identify and evaluate responses to climate change under mitigation and Adaptation.
4. Evaluate national, regional and global climate change policy along with its implementation options for mitigation and adaptation.
5. Develop a strong command of the English language with a capability to accurate written and oral content while working in a professional setting, and acquire a competence in debating issues relating to climate change.
6. Understand the physical basis of the natural greenhouse effect and know how human activities are increasing emissions of the natural greenhouse gases. Also investigate projections about possible future climate change on Earth.
The major fields where graduates of “Master of Climate Change and Environmental Studies” programme of CUST can be employed are as follows:
1. Development Partners like USAID, UNDP, CIRDAP, DFID, IRRI, JICA, WHO etc.
2. NGOs and INGOs dealing with development and human vulnerability issues.
3. Government Climate Change related organizations, Research Institutes, Policy Institute and other Think Tanks.
4. Freelance consultancy in various public and private development projects.
5. Faculty in different universities and colleges.
The “Master of Climate Change and Environmental Studies” programme at CUST has a curriculum that blends all major contemporary issues concerning climate change and environment in general. Upon completion of this programme the graduates are expected to be able to describe why climate is changing, how much is the change over a particular period, what are the impacts of such changes and what could be the mitigating and adaptation measures for those. The programme essentially equips the graduates with key capabilities to work in a wide range of development organizations dealing with environment, disaster, climate and other related fields with competence. The program also offers exciting opportunities to put students’ knowledge into practice. The very uniqueness of “Master of Climate Change and Environmental Studies” programme at CUST is its long industrial attachment for as high as 06 credits (equivalent to 2 courses) where students come to know the relevance of “what we teach” and “what is being practiced in the field”. Such attachment thus serves as an important feedback mechanism for CUST to know the existing gap and to bring out desirable changes in its course contents, if needed. Importantly, during the industrial attachment, the competent resource personnel of the concerned industry/development organization would serve as guest faculties of CUST and the assessment for those credits will essentially be done by them. Besides, as an employer you will have the opportunity to know the potential of a student before they are actually employed in your firm. It may be mentioned here that at CUST all lecturers and staff are passionate about the future of their respective industries and the students whose minds they shape and groom. Here efforts are always on to maintain the integrity of our courses and graduates by continuously shaping and updating the syllabus around industry needs and trends.