Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy (MESP)
The Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy (MESP) program provides students with a combination of scientific, policy, management and technical training, preparing them for careers in a wide range of environmental fields. The aim is to offer a broad inter- and multi-disciplinary curriculum in environmental studies that challenges students' ability to integrate theory and practice for systematic analysis, holistic understanding, and management of key environmental issues in various social contexts.
MESP Program Structure
The one-year MESP program is delivered in English and includes two semesters of taught courses followed by a third (research) semester. In the first semester students select two foundational courses, which aim to bridge the various initial competencies of the students and equip them with the core knowledge necessary for further progress on the program, and then two introductions to advanced clusters, which focus on specific fields of environmental studies. In the second semester students take further elective courses in one or two advanced clusters to deepen their knowledge in these areas. Alongside these content-based courses students must also take courses in thesis preparation, academic writing, and methods during the taught part of the program, to develop the skills and competencies necessary for successful progress. The third semester is devoted to thesis research, which in many cases involves data gathering in the field.
Graphical outline of the MESP program structure: