Environmental risk management and problem-solving for a sustainable world


Master's Programme in Environmental Science (INT)

120 credits




This two-year Master’s degree combines natural and social sciences, focusing on multidisciplinary knowledge and the skills necessary to analyse and address some of the world’s most challenging environmental and sustainability issues. It has three different specialisations: Environment, Communication, and Politics; Ecosystem Management; and Infectious Disease Control.

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Careers involving the environment, communication, politics and health There is a growing need for professionals who can adopt multidisciplinary perspectives when dealing with issues relating to the environment and natural resources. The broad scope of this programme, where issues related to the environment, communication, politics and health are studied in a holistic way, is a good preparation for subsequent employment, spanning from the private sector (from small-scale enterprise to large corporations), over national and international NGOs, to politics and public administration at local, regional, national and international levels. The specialisation in Infectious Disease Control also provides skills in the monitoring, planning and analysis of disease risk factors and health promotion, providing opportunities for future careers with public health agencies, both nationally and internationally. This Master’s programme will also provide you with the necessary qualification for doctoral studies in Environmental Science or equivalent disciplines. Read about research in this subject
Multidisciplinary perspectives on the environment and sustainability This degree programme has three specialisations, which combine the natural and social sciences: Environment, Communication, and Politics; Ecosystem Management; and Infectious Disease Control. Some courses are common to all three, including the final Master's dissertation, courses on research methods, methodologies, and theories of science applied to Environmental Science, as well as a course on environmental risks. Environment, Communication and Politics focuses on communication between stakeholders, authorities, international organisations, NGOs and business representatives, examining how interests, power, and expertise shape perceptions of environmental hazards. Emphasis is placed on bridging the gap between scientific expertise and practical administration. Ecosystem Management examines the integrated management and planning of human-nature systems, using ideas and theories about sustainable governance and ecosystem management. It focuses on the role of ecosystem services and biological conservation, including the patterns and processes of biodiversity, societal problems involved in conservation processes, and the relationship between conservation and sustainable development. Infectious Disease Control bridges the medical, environmental, health science and socio- economic aspects of infectious disease control. The biological mechanisms behind infectious diseases are discussed using a global perspective. This specialisation provides you with a toolbox for the surveillance, evaluation and control of disease spread and epidemics. IDC in Changing Environm. (IDC), Ecosystem Manag. (ESM), Env. Govern. and the Role of Experts (ECP), Statistics (ESM, IDC), Research Methods (ECP, ESM, IDC), Medical Geogr. (ESM, IDC), Media and the Environm. (ECP), ID Epidemiology (IDC), Biodiv. and Conserv. (ESM), Political Decision Making I (ECP) ID Epidemiology (IDC), Generation of Knowledge in Environm. Science (ECP, ESM), Analytical Tools in Environm. Science (ESM, IDC), Environm. Communication (ECP); Sustainability, Civil Society and Transnational Governance (ECP), Communicating Scientific Knowledge and Complex Environm. Issues (ECP) Multidisciplinary Research Project in Environm. Science (IDC), Research Methods (ECP, ESM, IDC), Statistics (ESM, IDC), Environm. Planning for Sustainable Govern. (ESM, IDC), Political Decision Making II, Environm. Risks: Assessment and Management (ECP, ESM, IDC) Dissertation (ECP, ESM, IDC) Course design Most courses on the programme are based around lectures and seminars, given by researchers and guest lecturers from the university and external organisations. Group projects include members from different academic disciplines and are presented orally and in writing, developing international and interdisciplinary communication skills. Theoretical models and empirical data are brought together in a hands-on manner, using pressing environmental and sustainability issues as examples. There is an emphasis on integrative and reflective discussion. The final semester of the programme focuses on the production of a 30-credit dissertation.
A multidisciplinary approach to issues surrounding the environment and sustainability Are you interested in learning more about sustainable development, policy, communication, risk, international health, and ecosystem management? Or in evaluating the potential impact of environmental research on societal values such as democracy, sustainable development and gender equality? This Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in environmentally related communication and politics, ecosystem management, or the control of infectious diseases. It focuses on helping you develop a multidisciplinary knowledge base, analytical skills and to ability to use theoretical approaches to major environmental issues. The broad scope of this programme, on which issues related to the environment, communication, politics and health are studied in a holistic way, is a good preparation for subsequent employment or for further research. It also offers you the opportunity to identify and reflect on your own knowledge and attitudes in relation to different theories and ideas in the environmental sciences, generating both personal and academic development.