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Introduction

Are you interested in social, legal, and natural science perspectives on global environmental governance? Would you like to complement your MSc studies with a diploma in global environmental governance (GEG) without spending extra time or efforts in graduating?

The GEG educational program incorporates these disciplines, providing the opportunity for students to obtain a global environmental governance diploma concurrently with enrolment in an MSc program.
 

Field of study 

Read more about the field of study here
 

Content and organisation of the program 

The global environmental governance program has the following two elements:

  1. The thematic GEG courses (7.5 or 10 ECTS)
  2. Elective courses (adding up to 30 ECTS including the thematic course) 



(1) The thematic GEG course (7.5 or 10 ECTS) 

The thematic GEG course is inter-disciplinary and project oriented, being organised around different and varying environmental themes such as climate changes, reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), and water resources. The course has teachers from law, political science, natural science, and life science perspectives on global environmental governance issues.

The thematic GEG course is open to all graduate students, and is compulsory for students aiming to obtain a GEG diploma. The course generates 7.5 ECTS or 10 ECTS. Students who aim at 7.5 ECTS must enrol at course LNAK10072. Students who aim at 10 ECTS must enrol at course LNAK10087. 

Find the course description for Global Environmental Governance (7.5 ECTS) here


(2) The elective courses

Students seeking a GEG diploma must follow 30 ECTS GEG relevant courses including the thematic GEG course. There are a number of GEG pre-approved courses. Students are also invited to apply for (pre)approval of other relevant courses at University of Copenhagen and/or other Universities, or to obtain credit for time spent as a trainee, for instance, working as an intern for an international organization. The elective courses must be passed at MSc level.

The procedure for (pre)approval of elective courses can be found here.
If you are in doubt about a particular course or internship, please contact us

Qualifications to be gained

Students participating in the GEG program will gain inter-disciplinary competences. They will learn social, political, legal, and natural science aspects of global environmental governance hereby complementing the professional skills taught in the master's program in which the student is enroled.

The GEG specialization provides the student with knowledge of:

  • Relevant international organisations and regimes, how they work, and what are some of their limitations in relation to the task of governing society-nature relationship.
  • Political and institutional issues in the relationship between global, national, and local levels of environmental governance.
  • Some of the different debates on global environmental problems and solutions. The main focus is on the green environment. 

The GEG specialization provides the students with the following skills:

  • The ability to understand and link knowledge and insights from their own professional background with corresponding knowledge and insights from other professions including political science, law, life science, and natural sciences.
  • The ability to understand different views on social and physical aspects of global environmental problems and their eventual solutions. 
  • The ability to work in teams when addressing global environmental problems. 

The GEG specialization provides the student with the following competences:

  • Can link relevant theories with global environmental issues and problems, consequences and solutions.
  • Can bring knowledge about environmental problems into play in an international political, legal and administrative context.
     

Career opportunities

The GEG program provides added skills to qualified students wishing to pursue a career in international organizations, e.g. the United Nations, national ministries, consultancy companies, private enterprises with strong environmental profiles, NGOs such as WWF and Care, or continue in research.
 

Admission criteria

All graduate students qualify for the thematic GEG course.
 

How to apply

The thematic GEG course

If you want to follow one of the thematic GEG courses and are a student at SCIENCE, you must follow the usual procedures for SCIENCE courses. If you are in doubt about these procedures, you can have a look here, and you can contact the Student Services at SCIENCE.

If you study at any other faculty or university, you must follow the usual procedures for credit transfer and/or preliminary approval of courses at your own faculty.

Some relevant contacts could be:

The thematic GEG courses generate 7.5 ECTS or 10 ECTS. Students who aim at 7.5 ECTS must subscribe for course LNAK10072. Students who aim at 10 ECTS must subscribe for course LNAK10087. You can search for the courses at kurser.ku.dk

The elective courses

In order to obtain a GEG diploma, you must obtain 30 ECTS GEG relevant credits including the thematic GEG course and a number of elective courses.

There are a number of GEG pre-approved courses. Students are also invited to apply for (pre)approval of other relevant courses and/or for time spent as a trainee, for instance, working as an intern for an international organisation.

For enrolment in an elective course, whether pre-approved or not, you need to follow the procedures of that particular course. 

If you are interested in obtaining preliminary approval of elective courses or internships that are not already pre-approved as GEG relevant, please contact us.

The GEG diploma

When you have passed the required courses, you must fill in the form, which you find here, and submit it together with the required documentation stated in the form. 
You will recieve a confirmation, and if you are approved of the diploma, it will be send to you by mail. If you are not approved, you will get an e-mail with an explanation.

If you want to know more

You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions about the program