官网 挪威生命科学大学

What can you use this qualification for?

Graduates can work in national and international agencies, ministries and environmental organisations, development aid agencies, education, research organisations, media, consulting companies and international non-governmental organisations.
What will you learn?

Students will learn about society and environment interactions related to climate and other global environmental changes, loss of biodiversity and ecological life-support systems, land degradation, water and natural resource extraction, unsustainable agri-food systems, energy and pollution. The program provides an in-depth understanding of the relationship between social and natural processes, and how governance and economic structures influence current trends.

Short description

The program consists of a set of core courses – Introduction to International Environmental Studies, Foundations of Sustainability Science, and Research Methods – a broad variety of electives, and a 30-credit master thesis. The core courses present fundamental concepts and analytical tools in environmental and sustainability science, and provide knowledge on the use of scientific methods. Elective courses include e.g., Agroecology and Development; Climate Change and Development; Environmental Governance; Global Environmental Change; Global Food Security; Linking Ecological and Social Resilience; and Political Ecology. Both the elective courses and the master thesis allow students to specialise and tailor their course plan accordingly.

The program is interdisciplinary and uses a socio-ecological approach, with courses that focus on both natural and social aspects of the environmental challenges of our time. Students with both natural and social science backgrounds are accepted into the program.

The role of international political bodies, nation states and state policies, intergovernmental organizations, markets and civil society are emphasised. Poverty alleviation, health, human well-being, and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources are core aspects of sustainable development that are extensively covered in the program.

The program has an international scope, with a curriculum that covers topics that are relevant for countries across the globe, and utilises research-based knowledge from a wide set of geographical contexts. The program also covers global environmental issues as well as international initiatives for sustainability, and attracts students from all over the world.

After completing this study program, students should have the following competencies:

Knowledge:

  • Extensive knowledge regarding the characteristics of environmental challenges and their drivers at different scales ¿ global as well as local.
  • In-depth understanding of key concepts, frameworks and tools for understanding sustainability problems and creating solutions.
  • Comprehensive insights regarding complexity and interrelated social and ecological processes occurring across temporal, spatial, and organisational/political scales

Skills:

  • Ability to engage in management and policy formulation for sustainable development.
  • Capacity to analyse complex environmental problems and governance issues in an interdisciplinary way.
  • Learn about and critically assess academic advancements within the field of environmental and sustainability studies, as well as new policy developments.
  • Capacity to create and evaluate solutions to environmental problems, acknowledging the dynamics between ecological and socio-political processes.
  • Competence in planning and conducting field research, project management and development work.
  • Ability to use various frameworks and methods in the study of socio-environmental issues in the field.
  • Develop writing skills and learn to evaluate and use primary and secondary sources of data in the writing of papers, including the correct use and presentation of references.
  • Develop a critical perspective on power relations, ethical issues and conflicts of values related to environmental change and policy.

General competence:

  • Plan and carry out independent research, develop innovative research questions and engage critically in policy formulation and project development.
  • Solve theoretical, methodological and project/policy problems independently.
  • Apply insights and knowledge in development or environment management, teaching or business.
  • Engage in public debates, media, voluntary organisations, community meetings, popular dissemination and in meetings with policy makers.

Build research teams and inter-personal communication across cultures and across academic fields.

Bachelor degree or equivalent education with a GPA of minimum ‘C’ in fields relevant to natural and social aspects of environmental studies (e.g., ecology, agriculture, wildlife management, economics, development studies, political science, sociology, geography, social anthropology)

As a general rule, applicants with another Master’s degree from our department or with a Master’s degree in a similar field will not be prioritized.

 

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