Master of Science in Sustainability and Resilience for the Built Environment

Master of Science in Sustainability and Resilience for the Built Environment

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Course title Master of Science in Sustainability and Resilience for the Built Environment
Course code PMSCSRBPET6
Postnominal M.Sc. (Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Kevin Gatt
Delivered by Faculty for the Built Environment
The programme focuses entirely on the concepts relating to the development of a sustainable infrastructure equipping learners with tools that ensure that proposals related to infrastructural developments are assessed to factor sustainability issues.

The classic pillars related to the social, economic and environmental aspects and how these relate to the urban and built environment and the infrastructure to serve it, will underpin the background for the development of good policies in the field of sustainable infrastructure as well as how to assess the sustainability of policies which are being proposed in particular sectors to ensure that these contribute towards national and European targets. These will be complemented by horizontal issues related to governance, indicators and impact assessment together with statistics and research methodology.

The second half of the programme focuses on the vertical disciplines in order to present different facets of a country's infrastructure. These include water and waste management, transport and energy, land and buildings and the rural dimension. These will be coupled by modules on climate change and quantitative and qualitative techniques for public policy.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor's degree from this University with at least Second Class (Honours) in a discipline related to the Built Environment, Architecture, Civil or Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or in other related areas deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a Bachelor's degree from this University with at least Third Class Honours in the disciplines highlighted in paragraph (a), if they are also in possession of other qualifications or at least 10 years of relevant work experience, obtained following the first cycle degree. The admission of applicants under this paragraph may be made conditional on the results of an assessment as the Board may deem appropriate or

(c) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be comparable to the qualifications listed in paragraph (a). The admission of applicants under this paragraph may be made conditional on the results of an assessment as the Board may deem appropriate.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 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: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,500

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700
The Programme learning outcomes are the following:

• To understand the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and their integration into development proposals;

• To appreciate the development of sustainable development from its origins to modern day developments at a local, European and international level;

• To widen participant knowledge from their traditional disciplines to a wider and integrative knowledge base;

• To gain an understanding of the application of economic, social and environmental impact assessment tools that may be used to test development proposals for sustainability concepts;

• To develop further appreciation of the various infrastructural components and to discuss these within a sustainability framework;

• To foster an appreciation of the public policy implications of sustainable infrastructure;

• To enable a more holistic appreciation of infrastructural development with a view to setting infrastructural components within a national context;

• To outline the workings of Government in infrastructural development and to examine these within a sustainability framework;

• To contribute towards the capacity building requirements of the public administration in the field of sustainable development.
The course content of this programme may benefit both the private and public sector. Within the private sector it is envisaged that the learning outcomes would contribute towards better impact assessments of projects undertaken as well as to greening the design both from a construction perspective as well as from a process related one. From an educational perspective, this programme would enable a higher level of tailoring of sustainable development programmes and curricula as well as to promote effective communications in the field. Once again it is important to stress that this course of studies is horizontal in nature and can easily accommodate undergraduates from various backgrounds who can plug into the concept of sustainable development and to weave it with their background with a view to implement sustainable development concepts within their ultimate employment.

The public sector, on its part, has a great need for sustainable development professionals. The public administration covers a wide range of sectors such as land use, water and waste management, climate change, transport, education etc.,all of which develop policies and implement programmes which would benefit from their characterisation in terms of ensuring that they too contribute towards the goal of sustainable development.

Whatever the walk of life one is working in, sustainable development and sustainability concepts need to form an integral part of the design, formulation, planning and implementation processes.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 14 November 2019

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