Masters of Arts in Natural Sciences

Compare 39 Master of Art Programs in Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Earning a Master in Natural Sciences is an ideal choice for people who want to gain a broader understanding of the physical, biological and environmental sciences. Mathematics also falls under the umbrella of natural sciences. Graduates are trained to understand the practical applications of many complex theories.

Prospective students typically ask what is an MA in Natural Sciences? It includes many different disciplines that are focused on processes that occur in nature. Students pursuing degrees in the natural sciences typically focus on a specific subject such as physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, oceanography or mathematics.

This course of study is beneficial for individuals who want to further their careers and achieve a higher level of education in one of the applied sciences. Coursework can vary depending on the scientific interests of the student. The exposure they receive enables a much greater level of understanding in their field and broadens their career opportunities. Some graduates choose to continue their education and pursue a PhD in their chosen discipline.

There are many renowned institutions that offer advanced degrees in the natural sciences. The cost can vary depending on program and the location of the school. Prospective students should contact institutions directly in order to confirm course fees and registration costs.

Upon completion of a MA in Natural Sciences program, graduates can pursue a number of career paths. An academic career and government scientific jobs, such as lab or agency work, are two potential options available. Graduates can also find themselves in high demand for private sector jobs at places including biotech companies.

Students interested in pursuing a MA in Natural Sciences should research the many wonderful options available. Our comprehensive database is a great resource, both educationally and geographically. To get started with a course, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MA Landscape and Culture

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

This course is aimed at students with an interest in theoretical and empirical developments in cultural geography, and those wishing to gain an understanding of the cultural landscapes of rural and urban environments throughout the world. [+]

MA Degrees in Natural Sciences. MA Landscape and Culture This course is aimed at students with an interest in theoretical and empirical developments in cultural geography, and those wishing to gain an understanding of the cultural landscapes of rural and urban environments throughout the world. On the MA Landscape and Culture you will explore key themes in cultural and historical geography, providing connections in theory and practice with disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences. The programme is recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing training appropriate for PhD research. Key facts 75% of our research output was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) We were rated 'excellent' in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessment of teaching provision We are ranked in the top 50 worldwide for geography according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 Course details This course requires you to complete 120 credits of core and optional modules before undertaking a supervised dissertation. Modules Core Approaches to Landscape Critical Human Geography Dissertation: Landscape and Culture Research Design B Optional You must select 30 credits of optional modules (to total 180), either provided by the School of Geography, or in other schools across the University. The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical... [-]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. [+]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Programs The Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program is cultivating hope in a time of socio-ecological crisis. We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time. One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. OUR MISSION Numerous interlocking ecological crises, including mass extinction of species, climate change, desertification, and poverty, mark the 21st century as a time of unprecedented change and challenge. This ecological devastation calls forth scientific, economic, and policy responses. Yet such standard responses often appear inadequate to the scope of the crisis. Many leading thinkers have come to understand that the ecological crisis represents a crisis of human consciousness, and requires fundamental revisioning of cultural values. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. It also calls for more enlightened ways of thinking and being in the world. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along... [-]

MA in Philosophy and Science

Radboud University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Nijmegen

This Master's specialisation will give you a better understanding of the evolution, the current status and the implications of the scientific worldview. Professionally, it prepares you for several possible avenues, including science administration, research, journalism, and policy-making. [+]

MA Degrees in Natural Sciences. Philosophy and science don't mix. Or do they? What we nowadays call "science" used to be part of "philosophy." It is not without reason that Isaac Newton called his physical masterpiece "The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy." And today, the two are still closely connected. Our current worldview is strongly shaped by scientific thought. We look to science for both answers to our theoretical questions and solutions to our practical problems. The Master's programme in Philosophy and Science analyses the relation of philosophy and science in terms of their historical development, as well as the current situation. How did the scientific worldview come about? What are its ingredients? What models for the relationship between philosophical and scientific thinking have been proposed? Focussing on the historical and systematic relationship between philosophy and science is unique in the Netherlands. The Philosophy faculty does not just have close ties with scientists and professors at the other faculties on campus; philosophy as a subject is an integral part of all the faculties at Radboud University. This makes it easier for our students to combine Philosophy with any discipline when working on their thesis. Teaching takes place in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups. The seminars specifically train skills such as critical reading, analytical thinking, policy writing and debating. This Master's specialisation is run by the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science (CHSP), the only centre in the world that studies philosophy and science as historically intertwined... [-]

MA in Geography and Environmental Studies

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Part time 3 years September 2017 USA Chicago Grayslake + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies is a 33-hour program offered in the evenings and on weekends. The program is designed for students with various academic backgrounds who are interested in a career that spans the human and natural environments -- the social and physical sciences -- and who desire the spatial analytical skills of geography. [+]

The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies is a 33-hour program offered in the evenings and on weekends. The program is designed for students with various academic backgrounds who are interested in a career that spans the human and natural environments -- the social and physical sciences -- and who desire the spatial analytical skills of geography. Graduate students develop an area of proficiency within the broad scope of environmental policy, planning, and management or within the geographic realm of spatial analysis. The program is both theoretical and practical; students gain knowledge, conceptual skills, and technical skills..The program provides a solid basis for a career, a career shift, career enhancement, or preparation for post-graduate studies. Students are expected to: acquire knowledge about human-environmental relations in which the environment is considered as both space and milieu; acquire knowledge of rapidly changing landscapes, synthesizing diverse but interrelated information; acquire knowledge related to locational studies concerning geometrics of movement, size, shape, and distance; acquire knowledge related to environmental resources including interpretation, planning, development, use, and conservation; acquire knowledge related to socio-economic development; use computer cartography and geographic information systems to analyze, monitor, evaluate, and project spatial data; refine skills related to map interpretation, composition, types, and preparation, and in interpretation of aerial photographs, field observation, and satellite imagery; refine skills in collection and analysis of statistical data; develop skills related to computerized data processing; refine computational and oral as well as written communication and research skills. Requirements for Admission to the... [-]

MA Program in Maritime Civilizations

University of Haifa, International School
Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Israel Haifa

The program aims to provide the foundation for students interested in advanced knowledge of the marine environment and in human interactions with the Mediterranean Sea in which theory and hands-on scientific experience meet. [+]

The International MA Program in Maritime Civilizations offered by the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa offers students an exceptional opportunity to explore the history, archeology, and fabric of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed and currently exist. Special emphasis will be placed on harbors, ships and seafaring as part of the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. Moreover, the program sheds light on the ecological and geomorphological dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean and their influence on the interaction between man and the sea in ancient and modern times.

The Academic Program

Taught over three semesters in English, the academic program provides a unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary study of coastal and underwater archaeology, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, maritime geology, and geomorphology. The curriculum offers advanced knowledge and research training to students interested in exploring human interactions with the sea. The studies are carried out in a dynamic learning environment in which theory is combined with hands-on scientific experience in the field and in the laboratory.... [-]


MA in Energy and Environmental Change

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

The Energy and Environmental Change MA is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. [+]

The Energy and Environmental Change MA is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. The degree equips students with knowledge of key intellectual frameworks and critical issues. The course offers an holistic approach to the dynamics governing energy-transition to a low-carbon economy nexus. Students are required to complete five interconnected core modules and may select one option module. The course combines expertise from: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Westminster Business School Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment The course is delivered in full-time and part-time mode with either September or January intake. Modules The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Core modules Global Politics of Energy and Environmental Change This module aims at evaluating the relevance of contemporary debates in international relations and political economy to the study of energy security, energy markets and climate change. It examines the political history of the modern energy systems and the role played by states and major private and state-owned companies. In addition, it explores the role of global institutions and their impact on the interplay between energy security, energy markets and climate change. It scrutinises issues that underpin key discussions in the energy and climate change area, such as development, limits to growth, transparency, sustainability and the role of civil society. The module also critically assesses standard approaches... [-]

Master of Arts in Maritime Archaeology

University of Southern Denmark
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Denmark Esbjerg

The new postgraduate programme in Maritime Archaeology is designed for students who are interested in a professional career in maritime archaeology... [+]

MA Degrees in Natural Sciences. The new postgraduate programme in Maritime Archaeology is designed for students who are interested in a professional career in maritime archaeology and heritage management. Based in Esbjerg on the Danish North Sea coast, the programme is internationally oriented and all teaching is in English.A two-year masters programmeThe two-year masters programme was created with employability in mind. Our aim is not just to provide an education in maritime archaeology, but to prepare you for a career in this field. The course is structured around skills which are necessary in the fields of heritage management, consultancy and archaeological contract work, but also benefit students who want to follow a more traditional research oriented career path.Commercial diver trainingAt the University of Southern Denmark students have the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised commercial SCUBA diving qualification at very low cost. As an approved commercial diving school, the masters programme can issue the Danish “SCUBA erhvervsdykker” certificate (equivalent to HSE SCUBA).Interested?As education is free in Denmark, the maritime archaeology masters course is free of charge for students from European Union/EEA countries. Only students from outside the EU/EEA are charged an annual tuition fee.This programme is offered in English.... [-]

MA Art and Science

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London

This pioneering course investigates the creative relationships between art and science and how to communicate them. [+]

This pioneering course investigates the creative relationships between art and science and how to communicate them. With access to important collections in London you’ll explore the making and presentation of your work and pursue innovative outcomes in practice and research, towards professional engagement in art and science authorship and creative practice. Reasons to Apply MA Art and science has been designed to enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time. Responding to fast-growing interest in interdisciplinary art practice, this pioneering You’ll learn from, and build working relationships with artists, scientists, curators and other professional practitioners engaged in research that investigates art and science. You’ll benefit from established links with museums, galleries and institutions - this year included the Wellcome Trust, Science Museum, Gordon Museum, Grant Museum, Wakehurst (Millenium Seed Bank), gv Art and MRC Institute of Neuropharmacology, among others. You’ll attend lectures and participate in seminars that provide a critical context for your research and practical work complemented by workshops and special access to places of particular interest. You’ll take part in an exhibition or symposium, bringing together staff and peers as well as professional practitioners and critics. Our graduates are attractive to organisations that value creative thinking and the effective communication of ideas. They also have the potential to develop... [-]

MA in Anthropology and Conservation

University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This challenging and innovative MA programme provides a distinctive combination of knowledge and training in Social Anthropology and Environmental Conservation. It qualifies students to pursue careers and doctoral studies in either of the two disciplines—Anthropology or Conservation. [+]

MA Degrees in Natural Sciences. This challenging and innovative MA programme provides a distinctive combination of knowledge and training in Social Anthropology and Environmental Conservation. It qualifies students to pursue careers and doctoral studies in either of the two disciplines—Anthropology or Conservation. The course is offered in an academic environment that formally embraces both social anthropology and conservation science, the School of Anthropology and Conservation, which is, in its constellation of specialisations, unique in the world. The integration of theoretical perspectives and methodologies from Anthropology and Conservation presents a distinctive set of skills that enable the practice and design of anthropologically informed conservation, the resolution of environmental conflict, and the study and revaluation of indigenous/local environmental knowledge. The course encourages a critical perspective on the practice and epistemology of conservation and anthropology, paving the way for the integration of the two disciplines methodologically and theoretically. It pays particular attention to the interrelationships between local/indigenous populations and environmental groups, policy makers, legislators, and institutions concerned with the protection of the environment (e.g. Natural Protected Areas, green development projects). During the course of studies the students explore themes such as human-animal conflicts, environmental politics, debates over fragile environments, attitudes toward conservation among indigenous groups (and vice versa), and institutional and indigenous environmental knowledge and practices. The MA programme in Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent builds on the unique co-existence of the disciplines of Anthropology and Conservation within the same School. Drawing upon the specialist skills of individual members of... [-]

MFA/MA Art & Ecology

Burren College of Art
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Ireland Galway

The MFA in Art & Ecology provides an immersive education in the development of a professional practice as an ecologically oriented artist. [+]

The MFA in Art & Ecology provides an immersive education in the development of a professional practice as an ecologically oriented artist. As an MFA graduate you will produce a final exhibition of both personal and collaborative work, which will demonstrate that you have acquired the skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. You will demonstrate capabilities for critical enquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary art and ecological issues. You will also propose and implement an achievable, interdisciplinary collaborative project that engages with ecological / environmental concerns in the Burren or on a global scale. The MA provides you with a master-level education in ecologically oriented art that is appropriate to a diverse range of applications. As an MA graduate you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have acquired a masters level in artistic practice. Studio research provides for the development of artistic practice alongside students of the MFA / MA in Studio Art. These modules provide for studio-based experimentation and innovation leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Studio methodologies are a series of taught studio courses examining the methodology of Art & Ecology with reference to historical examples. Theory and Art & Ecology consists of seminars contextualising the theoretical framework of Art & Ecology. In addition, Environmental Studies draws on expertise from within the College... [-]

M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism

University of Passau
Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Passau

This accredited master's programme in Geography allows you to combine regional science and tourism research and specialise in one of seven cultural world regions while learning the corresponding foreign language. This subject combination is unique in Germany. [+]

MA Degrees in Natural Sciences. About the programme This accredited master's programme in Geography allows you to combine regional science and tourism research and specialise in one of seven cultural world regions while learning the corresponding foreign language. This subject combination is unique in Germany. The programme features compulsory modules in business, economics and cultural studies, based on the University's tremendously successful International Cultural and Business Studies (ICBS) programme. While studying this programme, you will develop the skill set required to tackle complex issues in regional development and tourism using integrative and interdisciplinary approaches. In-depth regional knowledge and extensive intercultural competence round off the profile of this hands-on programme of study. Features A combination of subjects that is unique in Germany Core subjects: cultural and environmental geography; regional science and tourism; management and marketing; and interdisciplinary regional and tourism analysis Specialise in a world region of your choice and learn the corresponding language Make your own research projects part of the programme, focusing on regional studies and tourism Programme syllabus The programme consists of three module groups: A) Core modules The core modules give you an overview of the principle topics and problems of the relevant geographic subjects (cultural and environmental geography, regional studies and tourism) in regional contexts, as well as management and marketing. During the ‘Vor Ort’ excursion at the beginning of the programme you will have an opportunity to discuss fundamental questions of tourism and regional development with other students, lecturers and guest speakers. You will complete... [-]

MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development provides a unique specialisation in one of the most rapidly developing areas of law. Environmental law is one of the most challenging fields that has grown very rapidly over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. [+]

MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development Duration: One year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only). Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline Start of programme: September intake only The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development provides a unique specialisation in one of the most rapidly developing areas of law. Environmental law is one of the most challenging fields that has grown very rapidly over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. At SOAS, we understand the environment in a broad sense which includes not only environmental issues strictly speaking but also all the links that they have with other areas such as natural resources, human rights, economic development trade or intellectual property rights. The SOAS degree offers a distinct mix of modules that covers all the main areas of environmental law in their international and national dimensions. The international and global nature of many environmental issues makes the international law component a key part of the MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development. We offer all the general topics that make up the core of international environmental law. Additionally, we focus specifically on the North-South dimension of international environmental issues given the key role this plays in most international environmental negotiations. The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development specifically seeks to put international environmental law in its national context and examines the broad legal frameworks negotiated at the international... [-]

MA Mathematics

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The department offers two Mathematics master's degrees: Master's of Arts in Mathematics and Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics. Full-time students typically complete the program in two years; part-time students typically take three years. [+]

MA Degrees in Natural Sciences. The department offers two Mathematics master's degrees: Master's of Arts in Mathematics and Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics. Full-time students typically complete the program in two years; part-time students typically take three years. The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has an upper limit of four years to complete the degree requirements. If endorsed by the department, extensions may be granted upon petition to the Dean. Program Requirements 30 Credit hours of approved graduate work. No qualifying exams Credit Hours of Graduate Work The Master's of Arts in Mathematics requires 30 credit hours of approved course work in mathematics. Math 6995, Reading and Research (independent study), can be taken only by petition to, and with the approval of, the graduate committee. Subject to the approval of the graduate committee (requested via petition) and the agreement of the instructor, mathematics graduate students may take the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit: Math 3710, 3720, 3730, 3740, 3613, 3632, 4239, 4240, 3848 and 4981. Graduate students in such courses must be assigned appropriate additional work to bring the courses up to the graduate level. These courses may comprise up to 6 of the required credit hours. Up to one-quarter of the work toward a Master's degree may be via courses offered by other institutions in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Students wishing to take such courses must petition and obtain the approval of the graduate committee. [-]

MA Science-Technology-Society

University of Vienna
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Austria Vienna

The MA Science-Technology-Society trains students to contribute to a research based critical understanding of the ever more important relations of science, technology and society. [+]

Knowledge and technologies are deeply intertwined with the ways we live in the world. How we communicate, move, work and care for our health – all this is constantly changing through new scientific and technological options. However, new techno-scientific possibilities also challenge existing value structures and ways of living, which leads to societal debates about risks, ethics and social justice. For detailed information see the STS-Website. At the same time, science and technology are not untouched by the societal environment they are part of. Socio-economic expectations and broader imaginaries of techno-scientific futures are part and parcel of contemporary research cultures, and influence how knowledge is produced and innovations are made. Understanding these complex relations of science, technology and society is crucial in the world of today. The master’s program Science-Technology-Society offers a unique opportunity to acquire expertise in this domain. The MA Science-Technology-Society trains students to contribute to a research based critical understanding of the ever more important relations of science, technology and society. Central elements of the program profile are a) a strong research orientation, b) internationality both in the scope of teaching as well as in the background of the students, c) a clear social science approach with a dedicated openness to the heterogeneous disciplinary backgrounds of its students and d) a focus on complementary skills vital in today’s academic and knowledge work contexts. In its respective specialisations, the MA in Science-Technology-Society provides a comprehensive and critical approach to analysing how (techno)sciences and society communicate and interact; the... [-]

MA Ecological Design Thinking

Schumacher College
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Totnes

Be active and transformative within organisations, communities, economics and education as we meet the challenge of transitioning to low carbon, high well-being and resilient places and systems. Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to design. - starts September 2017. [+]

MA Degrees in Natural Sciences. Are you dismayed, disturbed and totally disenchanted with what is happening to the only real planetary home we have? So are we. But are you also excited by the opportunities and prospects this opens up for us to create a better, brighter and more beautiful world? So are we. Then join us in this innovative new postgraduate programme from Schumacher College in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University, the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, the Dartington Hall Trust and surrounding communities. Ecological Design Thinking Never has there been a more important time for a new approach for engaging with the challenging situations we face from the local to the global levels. In a rapidly changing dynamic situation, solutions rarely remain optimal for very long and continuous active participation is a necessary ingredient for success. Growing resilience in individuals and communities is the way to keep going despite the continuous change around us. Our programme in Ecological Design Thinking embraces and explores this complex world of interactions with lively engagement and an optimistic approach. It offers powerful, practical and ecology-centred skills and knowledge to apply to a diverse range of practices from design, education and business to the more specific roles of leadership, management and consultancy. The Ecological Design Thinking programme is trans-disciplinary, insightful and universal in its application; pragmatic and integrative in its operation. It brings together theoretical and practical discourses on ecologically inspired design, with methods... [-]