Masters in Environmental Sciences

Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Program Description

Masters in Environmental Sciences

Ca' Foscari University of Venice

The University of Venice offers a MSc (Master of Science/Laurea Magistrale) degree in "Environmental Sciences" which includes three available study plans; one of them is taught in English (For Italian law: LM75 - Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e il territorio/Sciences and technologies for Environment and territory).

The Msc programme in Enviromental Sciences offers the possibility of getting a Joint Master's Degree in Sustainable Development.

The study plans

The programme unfolds into three semesters of full-time lectures and lab experience. The last semester is dedicated to the development of individual projects and of the thesis, supervised by a department member. Each study plan is organized around a set of core courses, two elected activities and a final examination, in which the candidates will defend the thesis.

Global Environmental Change [English-taught Programme], which provides a thorough understanding of Earth System dynamics, taking a holistic and systemic approach, which also include the social and economic systems. Several disciplines are covered, including:

climatology, past and recent climate history, tools for predicting changes in climate, analysis and forecasting of the impacts of climate change on the environment, society and human welfare, adaptation and mitigation strategies, integrated assessment of global change drivers.

Human activities are causing planetary-scale changes in the behaviour of Earth systems, to the extent that our times have been defined as a new era for the planet: the Anthropocene. The dynamics of social and ecological systems show more and more signs of Global changes, affecting the global environment to an unprecedented extent and threatening the sustainability of ecosystems essential to our survival and well-being. Climate is one of the main drivers of changes in social-ecological systems around the world, but it is not the only one. It is indeed interconnected with other drivers, such as demography and economic development. All together natural and anthropogenic drivers determine the global changes we observe in terms of land use, resource exploitation patterns, pollution, migration, etc. As a consequence, the holistic management of societies and ecosystems requires the mainstreaming of climate change policies within the broader context of sustainable development.

The final work

The final work (thesis) is the culmination of the programme. The students will work intensively on a topic of her/his choice, while interacting on regular meetings with the project supervisor. The topic of the final work can be any area of environmental sciences. The project will get the student in touch with the most recent and novel research in the field. In several cases these projects lead to a PhD career.

Applying to the programme

In order to enter the programme, applicants need to have an equivalent of a three-year Italian undergraduate degree (laurea) suc as a BSc degree in Environmental Sciences or related subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, ecc.) with good background on fundamental topics in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Data Sciences.

Graduate careers

Students graduating from the MSc in Environmental Sciences may use their new skills to enhance their employment prospects in work related to their first degree. In particular this MSc will suit skilled motivated science graduates wishing to develop a scientific career in ecosystem research as well as those aiming to contribute to evidence-based environmental policy. Graduates interested in foundational, experimental, and applied research, can join Ca' Foscari PhD Programmes in Environmental Sciences or in Science and Management of Climate Change.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 3, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2016
2 years
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Start date Oct. 2016
Italy Venice
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