Master of Research in Science and Management of Climate Change

2nd-level  Master of Research - academic year: 2018/19


Enrica De Cian
Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Deputy director

Malcolm Mistry
Ca' Foscari University of Venice


file pdfCall for application a.y. 2018/2019412 K
file pdfSelf-certification of the academic qualification198 K
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Climate change is one of the main challenges facing the planet's population. The World Economic Forum ranks climate change and the failure to implement effective policies among the top five economic risks for the business world. Its impacts are pervasive and deeply interrelated with all aspects of our society. Hence the need to prepare professional leaders with a high-level scientific profile thanks to the integration of the Master with the PhD Programme in Science and Management of Climate Change. 

The new edition 2019-2020 will have new study plan! Master students will have the opportunity to choose the 12 courses (72 CFU) among 23 courses offered to the PhD and Master Students, for an overall amount of coursework of 400 hours, including labs, guest lectures from international experts, seminars, hands-on sessions, group activities, presentation of group/individual projects.

The detail Master Study Plan 2018-2019
Information on the Faculty


The Master of Research in Science and Management of Climate Change is a 1-year programme aimed at creating experts capable of managing the complex and multi-faceted dimensions of the grand challenges posed by climate risk by integrating the scientific and socio-economic aspects in a unique programme. It prepares experts with a broad and thorough scientific background in economics, climate science, valuation techniques, and with specific modelling skills. 

During this Master you will learn to understand and synthesize the biophysical and socio-economic nature of climate change, evaluate the socio-economic implications of climate change risks, and design innovative policy solutions and risk management strategies. You will acquire familiarity with a suite of methodological, analytical, statistical and modelling tools you will be able to apply in order to:

  • Explain the physical and economic nature of climate change and their uncertainty
  • Assess the socio-economic impacts of climate change, their costs and benefits
  • Estimate and manage climate change risk 
  • Analyze, evaluate, and design innovative climate policy solutions 
  • Assess the economic costs and benefits of mitigation and adaptation policies and projects
  • Conceive transformational pathways in the context of sustainable development
  • Synthesize and communicate the different dimensions of climate change and their uncertainties to different users  

Professional Profiles

The Master's Programme prepares experts with a high-level scientific profile who will have the tools and the knowledge to handle the complex multidisciplinary issues related to climate change and its impacts. These professionals will be able to assume a role of leadership in international organizations, public planning and control facilities, companies and professional firms, NGOs directly or indirectly dealing with any dimension of climate change.

Internship opportunities

Thanks to the extensive network the Master has with national and international organisations, you will have the opportunity to conduct your internship in Italy or abroad in the most important institutions, local governments, and companies that today are already dealing with climate change. Examples include, but are not limited to:

The new call for application for the second edition 2019-2020 will be published in May 2019 with deadline in June 2019.

Expression of interests can be sent anytime to:, or 

Language: English

Total places available: 15

Duration of programme: one year

Period: September 2019 - September 2020

Teaching method: classroom lectures

Location: Ca’ Foscari Challenge School - Venezia Marghera (VEGA Venice Scientific Technological Park - Porta dell'Innovazione Building) / San Giobbe Campus

Deadline for application submission:  The new call for application for the second edition 2019-2020 will be published in April with deadline in June 2019

Enrolment fee: € 6.000 (in two instalements)

Grants/scholarships: full or partial scholarships covering the registration fee, if given, will be provided by the institution of the instructor.
Students can finance their studies on favourable terms granted by credit institutes affiliated with the University.

Other funding opportunities: (deadline 15 Marzo 2019)


  • On enrolment procedures and internships, contact the Post-lauream office
    Tel: (+39) 041 234 7575
    Or the Department of Environmental Sciences Informatics and Statistics, Scientific Campus, Via Torino n. 155, 30170 Mestre (VE), Italy
    Tel: (+39) 041 234 8565

  • On didactic activities and the calendar of lessons, contact:
    Tel: +39 041 234 9125

Last update: 09/05/2019