This International Master in Environmental Management (IMEM) has the objective of training future managers with a variety of skills in the ecology of natural resources, urban ecology, environmental management, sustainable development and project management. The program is taught in English.
UCO offers only the second year of this Master degree. It is designed for students who have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts or Science in any of the life and natural sciences AND who have completed their first year of a Master degree in a related field (biology, ecology, geography, environment, chemistry, geology, urban planning, etc.).
However, students from varied academic backgrounds such as engineering, law and management focused on environmental issues are encouraged to apply to the program.
During this year in environmental management you will use quantitative methods and analytical tools to manage natural and urban environments. You will learn the fundamentals of ecological theory and project management including scope definition, work planning, resource and risk management, along with human relations skills.
As a graduate of this program, you’ll have an international perspective on sustainable development and environmental monitoring throughout study cases, field trips, data collection and laboratory work.
An internship at the end of your second year will allow you to use the skills needed to conduct independent field research projects in natural or urban environments (direct observation and data collection, research design, field methodology, etc.). The internship can be conducted in Europe or abroad.
You’ll be a student at the biology department at UCO at the Faculty of science in the Loire River Valley in France where they conduct thesis-level research related to conservation and ecological management in a real-world setting. Industry and agencies seek scientists with project management skills, and graduates of this program will be in high demand.
This program trains future managers in the ecology of natural resources, urban ecology, environmental management, business and project management.
Job roles for graduates include planning and implementation of resource management for public agencies, helping corporations develop and implement sustainable practices, analyzing how well a private agricultural firm’s policies meet sustainability standards and overseeing new urban construction projects to minimize environmental impact.
Upon completion of their curriculum students should be able to:
- evaluate the structure and function of ecological systems and how they are affected by biotic and abiotic forces;
- design and conduct field research projects and analyze project data;
- integrate principles of project management and tools of scientific analysis into effective environmental management;
- propose sustainable environmental management policies by integrating biological, social and management components;
- apply global understanding and environmental management and sustainability skills to the workplace.
Some typical careers in the field include:
- Policy Analyst
- Restoration Ecologist
- Land Manager
- Sustainability Assessor
- Environmental Educator
- Environmental Regulator
- Program Manager
- Urban Planner
- Sustainable Development
- Ecology and Biodiversity
- Environmental Pollution Biomonitoring
- Ligerian Ecology
- Urban Ecology
The main objective of the internship (minimum 2 months) is to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained through the program to real-world scenarios. UCO can help finding an internship but encourages students to find their work placement on their own and train themselves in preparing an application. The Internship will take place in the last semester of the program in France or abroad and will be subjected to the approval of the course coordinator. The internship can be undertaken in collaboration with central or regional governments, companies, consultancies or research institutes and should have a subject that correlates with the student’s interest in a specific area of study of the program. The faculty of science at UCO will remain the main academic contact and will coordinate and guide the student throughout his internship.
- graduated with a Bachelor of Arts or Science in any of the life and natural sciences,
- must have completed their first year of a Master degree in a related field (biology, ecology, geography, environment, chemistry, geology, urban planning, etc.),
- students from a varied academic background such as engineering, law, and management focused on environmental issues are encouraged to apply to the program.
International students must meet some the following admission requirements:
- L level AB mention,
- TOEFL score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based test or its equivalent in other forms,
- TOEIC score of 600 or higher,
- IELTS score of 6.0 or higher,
- GRE score of 1000 or higher,
- Or GMAT score of 500 or higher.
Non-French students should also meet the following admission requirement: DELF test score of B1 or higher
Non-French speaking students are highly encouraged to enroll in the French language program CIDEF at UCO for at least one month in the summer prior the start of term in September. You can find more information under our CIDEF website: http://www.uco.fr/l-universite/facultes- instituts/centre-international-d-etudes-francaises-614.kjsp?RH=SITE1_RP4-FR