What's included?

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.

Semester 1

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)

Semester 2

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)

Semester 3

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)

Semester 4

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.