Master of Science in Natural Environment and Resources Management

Master of Science in Natural Environment and Resources Management

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Natural Environment and Resources Management
Course code PMSCNERFTT8
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Charles Galdies
Delivered by Institute of Earth Systems
The programme of study is designed to provide students with the opportunity to work on the sustainability challenges of our time. Students will learn to work towards finding solutions for societal problems related to natural resource exploitation and environmental change. The postgraduate programme consists of four components: core, methods, specialisation and a dissertation.

The programme comprises 90 ECTS credits, of which 60 ECTS form the taught component while the remaining 30 ECTS are research-based. The taught component engages students in various fundamental topics that will be assessed either by means of exams, assignments, or both.

The coursework aims to provide students with a) a comprehensive knowledge base reflecting current thinking in Earth Systems, b) a solid methodological foundation, and c) an opportunity for in-depth focus in a thematic area relevant to environment and resource management in which the candidate has specific interest.

The elective thematic areas being offered in October 2020 are:
• Biodiversity conservation;
• Weather and climate;
• Environmental pollution.

As a follow-up to the specialised course content in these thematic areas delivered during the second semester, students will have the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest and to carry out individual research as part of their dissertation during the third and final semester. There may be further opportunities for field work abroad to conduct primary research in connection with some of the thematic areas on offer.

During the application process, candidates will be asked to rank the elective thematic areas in order of preference, and are encouraged to contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Charles Galdies here, in order to discuss their selection of a specialisation area and potential research topic BEFORE applying online.

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To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall be in possession of:

(a) a first cycle degree in Science with Earth Systems as a main area of study obtained with Second Class Honours or better or

(b) a first cycle degree in Science obtained with Second Class Honours or better in an area that is deemed relevant by the Board.

Applicants with a first cycle degree in Science with Earth Systems as a main area of study obtained with Third Class Honours may be admitted if they show evidence of significant experience in work relevant to the area of study of the Course, obtained after their first cycle degree. The admission of applicants under this paragraph may be made conditional on the results of an interview.

Within one week of submitting the online application, the following documents, in completed and signed hard copy, must be submitted directly to the Institute of Earth Systems:

- Expression of Interest form indicating the preferences with respect to the elective thematic areas (form available here).
- Bench fees form signed by the proposed dissertation supervisor (form available here). Please consult the bench fees guidelines available here.

These documents should be handed in at the administrative office of the Institute of Earth Systems (IES), Room 312, on the 3rd floor of the Chemistry Building located on the University’s Msida campus.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 15 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during the interview.

The selection criteria can be found here.

Interviews, when necessary, shall be conducted by an interviewing board appointed by the Board, and shall be composed of at least three members.

Applications for the Course shall be submitted by the deadline announced by the University of Malta. For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400 +
Bench Fees: TBC

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fee: Eur 13,400 +
Bench Fees: TBC
A. Subject-specific knowledge and understanding. Successful students will be able to demonstrate:

• Knowledge of the major aspects of the natural environment and resources management including environmental ethics and management, Earth Systems science, qualitative and quantitative research methods, as applied to special thematic areas;
• Knowledge and understanding of biodiversity conservation, weather and climate and related policy and planning;
• Knowledge of a range of tools and techniques purposely designed for environmental analysis;
• Understanding of the principles of policy and planning in natural environment and resources management, with special emphasis on biodiversity and conservation, weather and climate, and integrated water and coastal resources;
• Awareness of issues within policy and planning that are relevant to Earth Systems studies;
• Knowledge of selected aspects of Earth Systems at the forefront of the discipline;
• Knowledge of aspects of natural environment management and resources research methods and peer-reviewed science literature.

B. Subject-specific skills. Successful students will be able to:

• Demonstrate skills in the policy and planning aspects of environmental management, taking into account particular considerations of interacting Earth Systems components;
• Conduct assessments of policies and regulations of aspects related to Earth Systems;
• Conduct documented laboratory procedures in remote sensing and geospatial analysis, in relation to biodiversity and conservation, weather and climate, and water management;
• Monitor, by observation and measurement, the environment, events or changes, with systematic and reliable recording and documentation thereof;
• Operate standard software for qualitative and quantitative analysis of Earth Systems data;
• Interpret and explain the limits of accuracy of observation and inference data in terms of significance and underlying theory.

C. Intellectual Skills and development. Successful students will be able to:

• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced Earth Systems-related facts, concepts, principles and theories;
• Apply such knowledge and understanding to the management of biodiversity conservation, to weather and climate, and to integrated water and coastal resources;
• Recognise and analyse problems affecting the environmental management and plan strategies for their solution;
• Evaluate, interpret and synthesise Earth Systems information and related data;
• Carry out practical application of theory using computer software and models;
• Communicate scientific material and arguments;
• Use information technology (IT) to manipulate and present environmental information and data.

D. Key or transferable skills, including employability skills. Successful students will be able to:

• Communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences orally and in writing;
• Demonstrate problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information;
• Demonstrate numeracy and mathematical skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation;
• Retrieve and cite information, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including retrieval of information through online computer searches;
• Demonstrate skills in the use of information technology for presenting information and data;
• Interact with other people and engage in team-working, time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working;
• Show development of skills and awareness necessary to seek out opportunities to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature.
The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Natural Environment and Resources Management is aimed at those who plan to pursue professions and technical work related to the chosen areas of study. These may include resource management applications, drafting and implementation of planning policy, as well as relevant work in technical appraisals related to biodiversity and conservation, weather and climate, and integrated water and coastal resources.
Potential employers include environmental, planning and resource management agencies and organizations, private-sector industry and services (such as aviation and marine meteorological services) and environmental appraisal consultancies, the University of Malta, other educational institutions, as well as European and international governmental and non-governmental agencies. Examples of the latter include the European Environment Agency, Centre International de Hautes études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM), World Conservation Union (IUCN), Conservation International, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Bank, as well as various UN agencies including FAO, UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP and UNIDO.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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