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Ecology and Climate Change

Master‘s studies @ Vytautas Magnus University
1 Jun Application deadline
29 Aug Start date
2 years Study duration full-time
5266€ Tuition fee for Eu citizens

Programme overview

The Ecology and Climate Change study programme trains master’s-level ecologists who understand how climate change affects ecological processes. Nature management, environmental preservation, and species variety and distribution will also be taught to graduates. They will predict climate change-related environmental changes, identify ecological and climate change challenges, provide effective remedies, and design nature management and environmental preservation plans. Additionally, students will learn how to make creative and competitive judgments in the present economic environment, improve ecosystem adaption, and provide ecosystem services. 

Feedback from lecturers and students 

“The Ecology and Climate Change study programme has given me a new and enhanced understanding of the complexities of this field. The experience and knowledge I have gained has given me an advantage and enabled me to find the answers I need more quickly in my daily work as an environmentalist.” 

Marius Karlonas, graduate, ornithologist, book author, director of UAB „Ornitostogos“ 

“Engaging in my academic pursuits affords me the chance to expand my understanding of environmental protection, acquire novel theoretical insights into natural processes, and implement this knowledge practically and professionally. The concepts of climate change and the circular economy are now clearer to me. “

Jurgita Sadauskaitė, student 

“In summing up the 27th UN Climate Change Conference, it is worth recalling the slogan chanted by demonstrators outside the conference: ‘What do we want? Climate justice!”. Achieving this requires all of us to work together, to cooperate and to contribute in real action to achieving climate justice.

Associate Professor Dr. Daiva Šileikienė, Programme Teacher 

Competencies acquired

Graduates will be able: 

  • analyse ecosystems, biodiversity protection, and environmental policy concepts in the face of climate change and anthropogenic environmental impact. 
  • analyse and compare theories, methods, and systems of ecology and climate change management, and integrate interdisciplinary knowledge to propose solutions. 
  • plan and conduct ecological research, analyse data, and propose solutions to environmental and climate change problems. 
  • apply interdisciplinary knowledge, use information technology, and work in nature protection and environmental management. 
  • organize activities, cooperate with society, and critically evaluate new ideas in ecology. 

 Career opportunities  

Climate change, combined with growing environmental challenges in Europe and around the world, creates a distinct need for ecology and climate change management specialists who understand complex environmental processes and are capable of resolving ecological and climate change problems. 

Graduates of the Ecology and Climate Change study programme can work as managers, specialists, advisors, or consultants in state, science, and research institutions, high technology and innovation, industry, research and development, and manufacturing firms, educational institutions, analysis, analytics, certification, and accreditation, and other fields that require knowledge of ecology and climate change. 

Graduates may continue their studies at the PhD level at universities in Lithuania and other countries. 

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 60 % CGPA. 
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma with a supplement or equivalent degree. Additional courses might be required. 
  • Proof of English Language: applicant has to present document proving B2 level (TOEFL 87-109 iBT/534-633 PBT, IELTS 5,5-6,5, Cambridge English First (FCE) 161-180, BEC Vantage 161-180, Michigan ECCE (min. 650), PTE General Level 3, TOEIC Listening & Reading 785, TOEIC Speaking & Writing 310, Duolingo 100-125, EnglishScore 400-499 (CoreSkills)) if the applicant is not native speaker and/or had not received education in English. 
  • Admission score counting is based on the arithmetic average of bachelor’s degree diploma supplement all subjects * 0.4 + English grade * 0.3 + Motivation letter * 0.3. 
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