Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Earth Systems

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Earth Systems

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Earth Systems
Course code UBSCHESYFT
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Belinda Gambin
Delivered by Institute of Earth Systems
Concern over environmental change has never been greater than at present. It has long been known that the future of the human species is inextricably bound up with the health of the planet on which we live. It is therefore crucial that we gain a clear understanding of planet earth, its systems and their dynamics, if we are to determine the ways in which we should be living and utilizing resources responsibly. The B.Sc. (Hons) in Earth Systems will transcend disciplinary boundaries in order to adopt an integrated and holistic approach to the study of our planet. You will consider the various physical components of the earth system and interactions between these, whilst framing issues of environmental change within a broader context of environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability. The emphasis is on developing an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented outlook. This programme is a science-based but policy-oriented field.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

Intermediate Level pass at grade C or better in at least one of the following subjects: Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (Mechanics), Geography and Sociology.

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.

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

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
By the end of the course, you will have:

• A sound scientific knowledge of the components and processes of Earth systems
• An understanding of the implications for mankind of changes in Earth systems
• A knowledge of the characteristics and history of environmental change
• A grounding in the varied human dimensions of environmental concerns
• An understanding of the science-policy interface
• A background history of the emergence and evolution of sustainability concerns

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If you would like to pursue a career within areas relevant to management and planning of the environment, as well as in specific environmental resource management sectors, then this is the ideal course for you.
As a graduate of the B.Sc. (Hons) in Earth Systems programme, you will be uniquely furnished with a sound scientific grounding in various aspects of earth systems, together with an understanding of the social, economic, policy and legislative frameworks that are so crucial to environmental management and planning. You will thus be ideally placed to join professional ranks in addressing the management and planning of activities at the human-nature interface, and will bring skills to the job from both the natural and social sciences.

Potential employers include Malta's Environment Resources Authority (ERA) and Planning Authority (PA), the Malta Resources Authority (MRA), the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning (MECP), the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights (MAFA), Ambjent Malta, Wasteserve Malta Ltd, private-sector industry and environmental appraisal consultancies, the University of Malta and other educational institutions, as well as European and international governmental and non-governmental agencies. Examples of the latter include the European Environment Agency, 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.

You will also have the option of pursuing full-time or part-time studies at Master level, either with the University of Malta or at universities abroad. Courses available locally include the IES’s own M.Sc. in Natural Environment and Resources Management, as well as the M.Sc. by research in Rural and Environmental Sciences.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so preferably during the first semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 25 April 2022

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