Master in Education for Sustainable Development

Master in Education for Sustainable Development

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Course information

Course title Master in Education for Sustainable Development
Course code PMESDPET2
Postnominal M. ESD(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Mark C. Mifsud
Delivered by Centre for Environmental Education and Research
This programme of study aims to present students with:

• different perspectives of (i) the environment, (ii) environmental education/education for sustainable development, (iii) the interaction between the environment and society, and (iv) sustainable development.
• different environmental and educational philosophical perspectives
• about/through/for approaches to ESD
• various educational contexts within the formal, non-formal and informal sectors
• experiences of different qualitative and quantitative research methods, and
• opportunities to manage and evaluate change.

Moreover, each study unit offered will also have a very strong practical component providing prospective students with first hand experiences of current and prospective sustainable development issues.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) any first cycle degree with at least second class honours or

(b) any first cycle degree and a minimum of three years’ relevant experience in a recognised sustainable development setting.

All applicants shall be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit.

Professional aptitude and disposition shall be measured by means of a personal interview.

Applicants who obtain less than 50% for the professional aptitude and disposition criterion shall automatically not be admitted into the Course.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 15 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, which shall be weighted as follows:

(a) degree type and classification – 20%
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study – 40% and
(c) professional aptitude and disposition – 40%.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board of Studies shall be composed of at least three members.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
The Master in Education for Sustainable Development will enable students to:

• study issues related to ESD in practice and 'in situ' in different environmental realities
• experience and compare different environmental, social, cultural, political and educational perspectives
• access and critically evaluate ESD research
• employ the skills and attitudes necessary to promote sustainable lifestyles
• relate with other ESD professionals and civil society in the development of practical ESD research projects
• employ a variety of teaching/learning methods: direct teaching, distance learning, open/negotiable learning and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)
• apply skills and strategies in research methodology/inquiry, and
• consolidate the expertise required to function as environmental educators in various contexts within formal, informal and non formal education sectors.
The course is intended to attract teachers (inc. head teachers and assistant heads), individuals from environmental and development NGOs, government employees involved in policies related to sustainable development, Green Leaders, local councillors, community workers and people involved in the communication media (e.g. journalists).
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 29 April 2023

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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