NIGK14055U Interdisciplinary project course

Volume 2015/2016

MSc Programme in Climate Change


This course will focus on the design of interdisciplinary projects. Students will, supervised by teaching staff, select a research theme, develop research questions, briefly review key literature and on that basis design a research project, with particular emphasis on methodological choices. The theme and research questions will be required to be of a trans-disciplinary character, involving both natural and social science aspects of a climate change related problem chosen by the students. The research design will be described in a synopsis

Learning Outcome

The overall aim of the course is to train students in formulating, approaching and analyzing climate change /environmental problems, involving interaction between ‘human’, ‘technological’ and ’biophysical’ systems. This should prepare students for the task of designing their subsequent thesis project.


  • The course will allow the students to go into greater depth with theory and methodology within a specific climate change related research theme.


  • Identify researchable, interdisciplinary research questions conc. human and bio-geophysical aspects of climate change
  • Design a research plan, combining natural, technical and social science approaches and methods
  • Communicate, in oral and written form,  complex issues involving both natural, technical and social science


  • Creatively use principles of ‘the scientific method’ to design a realistic research project, addressing trans-disciplinary aspects of climate change
  • Understand the basic common principles of, as well as the significant differences between, natural and social sciences, both at the epistemological and the methodological levels.
BSc in Natural Resources, Food Science, Landscape Architecture, Biology-Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Geoinformatics and Geology-Geoscience from University of Copenhagen or equivalent.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 21
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Theory exercises
  • 14
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Several internal examiners

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.