MSc Environmental Management and Sustainability

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    Full-time, 3 semesters

Course Description

As a registered student enrolled in this programme, you will spend one semester at the James Madison University campus in Virginia, USA, and one semester at the University of Malta campus, with a third semester spent working on an independent project at a location of your choice.

You will gain technical knowledge to address complex, natural and/or anthropogenic problems that impact the environmental condition with a multi-disciplinary, systems approach. By developing a broad international perspective that is culturally balanced, you will be able to:

• Analyse and solve real-world human problems;
• Integrate social, political, legal and cultural aspects into technology solutions with systems approach;
• Develop a technical skill set that addresses concepts of data measurement and mining, application of Geographical Information Systems, and modelling and simulation of complex systems;
• Embrace lifelong learning and creative critical thinking.

By the end of the course, you will be awarded a degree by both institutions.

Entry Requirements

The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree in Earth Systems, Science or Engineering or in another area of study which the Board considers as appropriate, provided that the first cycle degree is obtained with a second class honours or better classification, or an equivalent classification.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 24 students. When the number is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, agreed to by both universities:

(a) relevance of topics, results and final classification of degree – 65% and
(b) statement of intent and motivation for following the Course and letters of recommendation – 35%.

When the above criteria are not sufficient to decide on the selection of applicants, interviews may be held for that purpose.


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Student Destinations

As a graduate of this Master course, you will be able to seek employability in a variety of local and international settings. Graduates of the programme have gone on to pursue careers as environment protection officers, project managers, systems engineers, geologists, operations officers, managers, sustainability consultants, and development coordinators, among various other examples.

Module Details

Students register for a number of compulsory study-units; in addition, students choose one of two elective streams, as detailed below. 

Compulsory Units

IES5017 Sustainability, Society and Change 6 ECTS

IES5009 Introduction to Systems Dynamics 6 ECTS

IES5026 Earth Systems 5 ECTS

IES5029 Human-Environment Dynamics 6 ECTS

SCI5003 Analytical Methods and Techniques in Geographic Information Systems 6 ECTS

IES5023 Mediterranean Field Study 5 ECTS

IES5025 Sustainablity Policy and Law 6 ECTS

IES5039 Analytical Methods and Techniques in Data Science 6 ECTS

IES5040* Capstone Project 20 ECTS

Elective streams

Elective Stream A: Living resources

IES5031 Biodiversity Conservation 1: Key Concepts 6 ECTS
IES5033 Regenerative Agriculture and Food Systems 1: Key Concepts 6 ECTS

IES5032 Biodiversity Conservation 2: Applied Science for Management 6 ECTS
IES5034 Regenerative Agriculture and Food Systems 2: Small Scale and Urban Contexts 6 ECTS

Elective Stream B: Technological innovation

IES5035 Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Industrial Systems 1: Key Concepts 6 ECTS
IES5037 Sources and Sinks: Energy, Water and Air 1: Key Concepts 6 ECTS

IES5036 Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Industrial Systems 2: Development and Assessment Techniques 6 ECTS
IES5038 Sources and Sinks: Energy, Water and Air 2: Modelling and Monitoring 6 ECTS

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