MESPOM is an Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management operated by four leading European and two North American Universities. The students study in at least three out of six consortium universities and are awarded a joint degree upon completion. Bringing together the best from the excellent partner institutions and offering on-site insight into multiple cultures with diverse environmental regimes, MESPOM prepares students for identifying and implementing solutions to complex environmental sustainability challenges, especially in an international context. The multifaceted educational journey also creates a unique platform for the vibrant alumni network that characterises this programme.
The programme consists of four semesters.
During the first year (Semester 1 and 2) of the programme, all the students study at Central European University (CEU) and University of the Aegean (UoA). The first semester includes a number of courses in which students are introduced to environmental sciences, policy and management. The second semester begins at CEU in Budapest/Vienna and concludes with courses taught at UoA on the island of Lesvos.
Between the first and second year, there is a mandatory internship course. In Semester 3, students choose between specialised tracks in either preventative environmental strategies taught at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University or environmental sciences and pollution control at University of Manchester. In Semester 4, the students undertake their thesis research project. It is possible to apply to any of the six MESPOM consortium universities to be the host institution.
The research results in a Master's thesis which is jointly examined by the MESPOM consortium universities. During the last week of the fourth semester, students re-join at CEU and present their thesis work to the joint faculty members of the consortium universities as well as their fellow students, followed by the graduation ceremony.
Organisations that have employed MESPOM graduates include private companies, academia and think tanks, the United Nations and other international organisations and various NGOs. Several alumni have also enrolled in PhD programmes in, for example, the UK, the USA, the Netherlands, Sweden and at Central European University.