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Programme: Alpine Ecology Science

Degree: Master

Language: English

Faculty: Institute of High Mountain Biology in Tatranská Javorina

About the programme: Alpine areas are increasingly being exposed to a number of different types of environmental impacts in recent decades with real economic impact on neighbouring and distant countries. With rapidly changing climate, the integrity of the alpine ecosystems is changing too and there are thousands of plant and animal species being affected. There is a radical retreat of glaciers as sources of water in mountain valleys, particularly in summer and especially in autumn period, traditional agriculture scheme vanishes, the qualitative composition of the flowing water is changing, endemic and relict species of biota retreat. Water resources, power plants and dams in the high mountains already today provide more than the originally planned capacity of power or irrigation, the economics of water and wood processing economy is changing, conditions in the tourism industry are changing upon which the economy of regions depend. The aim of this joint master’s study programme is to educate young scientists to address the aforementioned phenomena. Students spend one semester in Norway and one semester in Slovakia, and the last year of study is dedicated to their research project conducted at one of the co‑operating universities. Benefit of the study comes not only from the knowledge of different European cultures when educating students, but primarily from their knowledge of two distinct alpine ecosystems – one above the Arctic at lower altitudes and the second one more continental at higher altitudes. Programme graduates can be employed in multinational and national research institutions addressing problems of climate change in the high mountains. However, it does not exclude their career prospects in the management of research, in organisations submitting projects and in business companies which trade and merit arebased on the alpine environment. Combining theory and practice is crucial for the programme, therefore, programme graduates are provided with necessary theoretical knowledge, as well as practical experience required for employment or further studies.

Tuition fee: 3,500 €/academic year