2nd Level Specializing Master's Program in Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation Solutions


Program Description


DEADLINE: November 29, 2019

The world is changing rapidly and the ability to anticipate risks and provide effective solutions to face the effects of climate change is more important than ever.

The first edition of the 2nd level Specializing Master’s Program “Climate Change: adaptation and mitigation solutions” represents a unique opportunity for students and professionals with a scientific and/or technical background to:

  1. Acquire a full understanding of the dynamics underpinning the ongoing global warming and the associated climatic changes as well as quantifying their impact on the natural and built environment.
  2. Receive a complete and detailed overview of the technologies that will drive the transition towards decarbonization in key sectors (e.g. energy, transport, agriculture) and explore how to apply these solutions in real-world situations.
  3. Proft from a think-tank environment promoting the exchange of ideas and expertise with researchers from top-level universities and top managers from the private sector.
  4. Gain practical experience in a well-established network of important companies engaged in the implementation of sustainability strategies in the field of energy production, food production & processing, and service–provision.

At a glance

Deadline: November 29 at 1 p.m. (Italian time) Participation fee and financial support: € 4.000,00 (four thousand/00) + enrolment fee.
Format: full-time Internship: 500 hours
Language: English Maximum of participants: 30
ECTS: 63 Director: professor Francesco Laio
Time schedule: January 2020 - December 2020 Campus: Politecnico di Torino - Lingotto

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Program structure

The 2nd level Specializing Master’s Programme in “Climate Change: adaptation and mitigation solutions” is a 1-year program scheduled from January to December 2020, full time from Monday to Friday. It combines 4 taught modules including frontal lectures, lab activities and hands-on tutorials (from January to July), followed by a 500-hour internship in one of the partner companies (between September and November). The award ceremony will be held in December 2020. The successful completion of the Master’s Program will provide students with 63 ETCS.

The program is articulated as follows:

Module 1: Preliminary Courses (120 hours)

  • An Introduction to Climate Change 30 hours
  • Earth Observation and Climate Monitoring 30 hours
  • Climate Policy, Economics, and Finance 30 hours
  • Energy Transition and Global Sustainability 30 hours

Module 2: Climate Change Mitigation (120 hours)

  • Carbon Capture and Storage 30 hours
  • Carbon Footprinting and Carbon Trading 30 hours
  • Sustainable Transport Systems and Infrastructures 30 hours
  • Energy-Efficient Buildings and Communities 30 hours

Module 3: Climate Change Adaptation (90 hours)

  • Climate-Resilient Cities and Communities 30 hours
  • Coping with Extreme Events 30 hours
  • Food-Water Nexus in a Changing Climate 30 hours

Module 4: Corporate Approaches to Climate Change (100 hours)

  • Sustainable Management 20 hours
  • Corporate Social Accountability 20 hours
  • Green Procurement and Sustainable Supply Chain 20 hours
  • Climate-Change Compliance Reporting and Communication 20 hours
  • Eco-Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship 20 hours

1-week workshop with partner companies and site visits

Internship 500 hours

Career opportunities

About 24 million new jobs will be created globally by 2030 if the right policies to promote a greener economy are put in place¹.

Already now, in October 2019, the number of open job positions including the keyword “climate change” is 3,000+ in EU and 11,000+ globally (Source: LinkedIn).

Most of these positions are open to graduate candidates only. This Master program helps students and professionals to enter this market offering specialized training suitable for executive positions as climate change specialists in the innovation and sustainability departments of companies and organizations.

These include companies dealing with: infrastructure-resilience and energy transition issues, urban planning and development, insurance and finance, research and development of innovative environmental technologies, certification companies, academic and/or research institutes, government agencies, international organizations, and NGOs.

¹Greening Jobs: World Employment Social Outlook 2018”, International Labour Organisation

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold a full degree (Master of Science degree/Laurea Specialistica/Laurea Magistrale) by the enrolment deadline in order to be admitted to this 2nd level Specializing Master’s Programme.

The program is intended for graduates who completed a Master’s degree course (or equivalent) in the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geoscience
  • Geography
  • Engineering
  • Environmental economics
  • Physics
  • Science and Technology

All applicants must prove to have good proficiency in English.

Examination board Certificate Minimum score accepted
IELTS IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – Academic or General training 5.0
Cambridge English Language Assessment Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)
Pass with Merit
Reading & Listening: overall score 54. Writing & Speaking: at least one B2 in one of the tests
Cambridge Assessment English All certificates Cambridge English Scale: score 154
TOEFL - cbt
TOEFL - pbt
Listening: 360; Reading: 350; Speaking: 150; Writing: 140
Pearson Pearson Test of English Academic 51
LCCI – EDI / Pearson JETSET JETSET Level 4 Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking: pass with overall score (“total”) “Distinction”
Trinity College London Trinity ISE I Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking: pass with overall result “Distinction” in all the tests

In alternative to one of the above-listed certificates you can provide, within the deadline for applications, a stamped declaration/certificate written on official letter headed paper, which certifies that:

  1. you have attended at least one school year at a high school in which the medium of instruction is English. In this case, the school must issue a certificate stating that: “The medium of instruction is English”;
  2. you have a foreign high school diploma which is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research as equivalent to the Italian high school diploma (diploma di maturità), or you have a higher qualification awarded by a higher education institution in which the medium of instruction is English. In both cases, the school must issue a certificate stating that: “The medium of instruction is English”.

The selection will be based on:

  • Motivation letter and academic background, including a summary of the Master Thesis.
  • Significance and coherence with the Master’s topics of the professional and formative experience.
  • Interview of the short-listed candidates.

Tuition fee and waivers

The participation fee is 4,000 euros for the entire year.

The participation fee includes lectures, didactic materials, and technical visits.

PoliTo will offer two types of merit waivers:

  • 10 waivers of 4,000 euro each (covering the entire participation fee).
  • 10 waivers of 2,000 euro each (covering 50% of the participation fee).


Last updated November 2019

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