Master’s in Mathematical Sciences – Climate Science Stream

Apply for the Master’s in Mathematical Sciences – Climate Science Stream


In many parts of the world, changes in climatic variables, including increases in temperature and declines in precipitation are already having detrimental impacts on economies, food security, health, energy and biodiversity, contributing to temperature rises with increasingly perilous consequences for humanity.

International organisations like the UN have recognised that a sustainable societal response to these challenges requires the collective participation of both men and women. However, women have historically had fewer opportunities than men to play significant roles in society’s quest for solutions to climate change, even though in many parts of the world, women’s livelihoods are more dependent on climate-sensitive activities, making them more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

In 2017, AIMS signed a partnership with the Canadian government through its International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for the Mathematical Science for Climate Resilience (MS4CR) program. The MS4CR program was designed to increase the contribution of African mathematical scientists to finding solutions to climate change-related challenges in Africa through training, internships and research.

Our Approach

At the level of training, the MS4CR program funds scholarships for AIMS structured Master’s students specializing in the climate science stream. The program will take place at AIMS Rwanda till 2021, with the first cohort graduating in 2019.

The MS4CR program will also provide 100 internships in the field of climate change for promising AIMS students and alumni. MS4CR internship beneficiaries will be hosted at institutions with activities and interests in climate change.

The Curriculum

The curriculum runs over three semesters: 

  • The required skills phase of the AIMS course builds a standard core set of problem-solving skills such as estimation, computation, approximation, modelling, data analysis and statistics. 
  • The elective review phase allows students to apply these skills in some of the most exciting areas of science. In the case of the climate science stream, elective courses will reflect this specialization. 
  • In the final phase of the AIMS course students do a research project and write a scientific report under the supervision of an expert researcher on a topic of their choice. Research initiated in these projects often develops into further postgraduate research work after AIMS.