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Applications are now open for a new Master of Science in Natural Environment and Resources Management being launched by the Institute of Earth Systems in October 2018.

The M.Sc. in Natural Environment and Resources Management is an intensive 13-month full-time taught course and is ideal for first degree graduates in Earth systems and other relevant science subjects. The programme of study aims to provide candidates with a comprehensive knowledge base reflecting current thinking in Earth Systems, as well as a solid methodological foundation, and an opportunity for in-depth focus in a relevant thematic area in which the candidate has a specific interest. There may be opportunities for travel to other countries to conduct primary research. Full details about the M.Sc. in Natural Environment and Resources Management, including the course bye-laws, are now available online, and further information is also available below. 

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This new degree programme offers students the opportunity to explore the sustainability challenges of our times, and to work towards finding solutions for societal problems related to natural resource exploitation and environmental change. The programme spans 3 semesters and consists of four components: core material, a section focusing on methods, a specialisation area and a dissertation

The thematic areas for specialisation being offered in October 2018 comprise biodiversity conservation, weather and climate, and integrated water and coastal resources management. Specialised course content in these areas will be delivered during the second semester, providing students with a sound knowledge base as well as the required methodology on which to build their individual research projects during the third and final semester. 

Graduates can thus expect significantly enhanced prospects of employment within organisations addressing the management of environmental resources, as well as the planning and policy aspects of activities at the human-nature interface. Graduates of this programme will also have the option of pursuing a doctoral degree, either with the University of Malta or abroad.

Entry requirements are as follows:
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 such applicants may be conditional on the results of an interview.

Recent graduates who are interested in applying for this course, as well as final-year students currently reading for a relevant first cycle degree, are encouraged to contact Dr Charles Galdies in order to discuss their selection of a specialisation area and potential research topic before applying online.

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

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. 

Please note that places on the course are limited and that should the number of eligible applicants exceed the number of places available, an interview may be required and the approved selection criteria will be employed.

Applicants may also wish to note that this M.Sc. programme is eligible for the Ministry for Education and Employment's Get Qualified Scheme which provides fiscal benefits in the form of tax credits to students who successfully complete the course.


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