Master of Science (Rural and Environmental Sciences)

Master of Science (Rural and Environmental Sciences)

Course information

Course title Master of Science (Rural and Environmental Sciences)
Course code PMSCRESPDR9
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Everaldo Attard
Delivered by Institute of Earth Systems
This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis.

The Master of Science (by research) takes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing current issues of concern relating to the two areas of study, based on the rationale that there are strong interlinkages between environmental, planning, rural, urban, and other social and economic concerns. Learning outcomes include a solid understanding of key aspects of these disciplines and of the complex issues with which professionals are often confronted. Furthermore, the course will foster an awareness not only of the science of environmental and/or rural science concerns, but also of their ethical, sociological and economic dimensions. Throughout the course, participants will be trained in a range of skills from both the natural and social sciences, enabling them to critically address their area of research specialization in a holistic and integrated fashion. Students will also gain experience in practical applications through hands-on projects throughout the course, and will also be able to focus on an area of particular interest to them through directed study units and through their dissertation research.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree obtained with Second Class (Honours) or better, in a discipline related to Earth Systems, or in any other area of study which the Board considers as relevant, and obtained within the ten years previous to registration for the Course.

The Board may, at its discretion, recommend the admission of applicants in possession of a first cycle degree obtained with Third Class (Honours), in an area of study which the Board considers as relevant, and obtained within the ten years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the applicants have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a supplementary or preparatory programme as specified below.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than ten years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted, provided that they produce sufficient proof of their competence to follow the Course. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a supplementary or preparatory programme as specified below.

All applicants may be asked to demonstrate competence in those skills required by the nature of the proposed research via an extended interview and/or the submission of appropriate documentation. In cases where significant deficiencies are identified, the Board may, at its discretion, require applicants to follow a supplementary and/or preparatory programme, as specified below.

Supplementary and Preparatory Programmes

The supplementary programme shall comprise study-units at level 4 or lower, to which not more than 10 ECTS credits shall be assigned.

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units at level 4 or lower, to which not less than 30 ECTS credits and not more than 60 ECTS credits shall be assigned.

Students required by the Board to follow and complete a supplementary and/or preparatory programme shall be required to pass with an average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration for the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolement Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700
The Master of Science (by research) is being offered in two subject areas, namely (i) Environmental Management and Planning, and (ii) Rural Sciences. The course is designed for those intending to pursue professions and technical work related to these areas of study. These may include resource management applications, the drafting and implementation of environmental, agricultural and planning policy, as well as relevant work in technical appraisals.
The course provides career opportunities in a variety of aspects of environmental management and planning and/or rural sciences, including with government agencies, with private sector consultancies and with international organizations, including those within the European Union as also the United Nations system.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 30 September 2019

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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