Master of Science Programs in Natural Sciences

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Completion of an MSc, or master’s degree, often results in better job options and access to further educational prospects. The MSc degree is an advanced degree that students might obtain after they complete their bachelor’s degree and successfully provide proof of proficiency within their chosen field. An MSc in Natural Sciences can provide specific benefits to graduates.

What is an MSc in Natural Sciences? This field of study typically entails the use of scientific methods to study nature, from physics to astronomy, chemistry to ecology, and so on. Courses of study might fall into categories such as renewable energy, fishery, computational and systems biology, bioengineering, space science, and thermal engineering. Some programs can be completed within one full year while others require two years of study. Accommodations for students who need to master a new language or who wish to study remotely can be made for some of the programs.

Students who choose to study an advanced program in natural sciences often benefit from exposure to leading experts in their fields, international opportunities, study abroad programs, access to specific courses of study, stimulating and dynamic interactions with teachers and peers, and preparation for fulfilling careers or further educational opportunities.

The costs and fees associated with these programs naturally vary between schools and countries. To determine whether a specific program or school is best, students should contact the schools directly.

Over the course of their studies, students will develop the ability to research and evaluate critical information. They will learn to prepare communications and work methodically. These skills and the knowledge that they obtain in their specific courses will prepare them for job opportunities such as laboratory technicians, conservation officers, forensic experts, information scientists, patent examiners, community educators, and management consultants. This field of study opens many doors to a wide array of job opportunities.

 

Students who hope to complete this advanced degree should review the program listings provided here and fill out the lead forms. 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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MSc in Biology, Plant Science

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

If you are interested in plant ecology, systematics, evolution and biodiversity – this is the programme for you. [+]

Programme overview

An understanding of the mechanisms that shape and modify plant diversity is of fundamental importance for all biological disciplines. If you are interested in plant ecology, systematics, evolution and biodiversity – this is the programme for you.

You will learn about the mechanisms that are involved in the evolution of new plant species and the factors that control plant diversity and the distribution of plant species. You will come to understand the way in which mating systems and population structure influence gene flow and genetic diversity in plants. You will find out about how plants interact with other organisms and their ability to adapt to environmental change. At the same time, you will gain practical experience of ecological and systematic methodology.... [-]


Master of Science in Environmental Science

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Rochester + 1 more

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the complex set of circumstances that impact environmental issues, and how environmental decisions and policies attempt to find a balance between environmental conservation and economic development. [+]

MSc in Environmental Science Habitat loss, global climate change, water and air pollution, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity, and the accumulation of toxic wastes are outcomes of human behaviors that stem from a general belief that the environment is infinitely renewable. It is not. Environmental scientists must understand the complexity of problems that pit environmental limits against economic development, diverse cultures, ethics, values, and social stability. They must use integrated and holistic approaches to find solutions to these problems. Admission requirements Admission to the program will be granted to qualified graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biological sciences, or a related field of study. The admission decision is based upon: submission of transcripts (in English) from all previous completed coursework, a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall and in science/math), a statement outlining applicant’s research/project interests, career goals, and suitability to the program, three letters of recommendation, and a completed graduate application. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) is required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5. Students are strongly encouraged to contact program faculty before applying to discuss thesis topics and research projects.  [-]

Master in Geology and Geophysics

University of Helsinki
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics trains you to address pressing questions concerning our home planet's evolution, its role as the source of raw materials needed by modern civilisation, and environmental issues. [+]

MSc Degrees in Natural Sciences. Sustaining a growing population on our dynamic planet requires deep understanding of geological and geophysical processes within the Earth, and of how they interact with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biota. The Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics trains you to address pressing questions concerning our home planet's evolution, its role as the source of raw materials needed by modern civilisation, and environmental issues. Key questions include: How can we decode Earth’s rock record to reveal the evolution of Earth’s crust and mantle over billions of years? How do we make natural resource exploration and extraction more sustainable and environmentally friendly? What can the Earth’s history tell us to help us forecast the impacts of climate change? Where can we safely construct power plants or store nuclear waste? The programme includes four specialist options: Petrology and Economic Geology; Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology; Palaeontology and Global Change; and Solid Earth Geophysics. Upon completion of the programme, you will have gained expertise in a number of scientific and professional skills, including, depending on your specialist option: Assessment of geological materials (minerals, rock types, bedrock, groundwater) Understanding the genesis and sustainable use of mineral commodities Sustainable use of the environment from the Earth Science perspective Palaeontology and modelling global change using the geological record The physical evolution of the Earth (plate tectonics, interplay of the mantle and crust) Independent and team-driven project research High-level scientific writing (M.Sc. thesis and related work) Presentation of scientific results to scientists, students, and... [-]

MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Crewe Manchester + 2 more

Designed with today’s environmental managers in mind this MSc integrates the scientific, social, economic and political factors involved environmental decision making. [+]

Designed with today’s environmental managers in mind this MSc integrates the scientific, social, economic and political factors involved environmental decision making. The course provides systematic understanding of the scientific background; critical awareness of the state of knowledge and the burden of proof requirement; comprehensive knowledge of the policy and regulatory frameworks; and a practical understanding of management methodologies for best practise. The programme’s vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise and the opportunity for a placement-based research project. Features and benefits of the course The School has a well established reputation in the field of environmental management and hosts world-class research and education in atmospheric and sustainability issues to encourage responsible development. The course is supplemented by in-depth case studies and the involvement of practitioners in the field which enhances the vocational aspect of the course further. This cross-discipline programme is offered both on a part-time and full-time basis in order to meet the learning needs of both busy professionals as well as new graduates. The School of Science and the Environment has been awarded several Green Apple awards for Excellence in Environmental Education and Practice. In addition to the virtual learning environment, Moodle, there is a dedicated website containing all the information that Environemental Management and Sustainable Development students need in one place. We are home to leading research groups such as the Centre for Aviation Transport and the Environment, who were part of the Nobel Peace Prize winning team for work on climate change,... [-]

Master in Energy Systems Management

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 18 months August 2017 USA San Francisco

The Master in Energy Systems Management at the University of San Francisco is designed for people who seek the skills and knowledge to work in the dramatically changing world of electrical generation, distribution, conservation, and use with a focus on renewable energy. [+]

MSc Degrees in Natural Sciences. The Master in Energy Systems Management at the University of San Francisco is designed for people who seek the skills and knowledge to work in the dramatically changing world of electrical generation, distribution, conservation, and use with a focus on renewable energy. The program equips students with knowledge in three broad areas where electrical energy systems reside: policies and regulations, economics and finance, and technology. The program covers the societal aspects of technology development and adoption – including the economic, policy, and behavioral components of energy use – and provides an overview of the technical aspects of energy production and use. Entry Requirements Minimum TOEFL score is 90 GRE or GMAT required The estimated tuition costs for Energy Systems Management are: First year - $22,780 Second year - $23,557 [-]

MSc Financial Mathematics

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Campus Full time 18 months September 2017 China Suzhou

The objective of MSc in Financial Mathematics is to provide advanced analytical training, quantitative knowledge and practical skill-sets required by modern financial institutions. [+]

Overview The MSc Financial Mathematics programme provides you with advanced analytical training, quantitative knowledge and the practical skill sets required by modern financial institutions. It aims to equip you with a solid education in financial analysis, risk management and financial engineering for a successful career in the finance and banking industries. It is heavily weighted towards advanced mathematics and programming modules designed with practical applications in mathematical and quantitative finance. Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Knowledge and skills The MSc Financial Mathematics programme will equip you with: • intellectual skills and theoretical understandings appropriate for the study of financial mathematics and quantitative analysis at postgraduate level • practical mathematics and object-oriented programming skills linking finance theories to real-world application • skills in research, evaluation and analysis and the quantitative techniques to evaluate and interpret complex data and research literature • skills and abilities to devise, plan and undertake complex research projects in the field of financial mathematics. Modules Core modules: • Advanced modelling methods in finance • Advanced financial econometrics • Computational methods in finance • Continuous time finance • Advanced statistics • Stochastic calculus • Dissertation. Elective modules: • Microeconomics for financial mathematics • Quantitative methods • Numerical computation in finance • Advanced risk management. Additional learning activity modules There are many useful modules and seminars from which to choose for Additional Learning Activity purposes. Careers A postgraduate degree... [-]

MSc Agriculture for Sustainable Development / Sustainable Environment Management

Natural Resources Institute - University of Greenwich
Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 United Kingdom Chatham

The world is currently facing the greatest environmental crisis of recent times: how to sustain over 7 billion people while maintaining a habitable environment. Projected global warming impacts, plus continuing loss of land and other natural resources, will continue to impact adversely on the livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of people. [+]

MSc Degrees in Natural Sciences. MSc Agriculture for Sustainable Development / Sustainable Environment Management The world is currently facing the greatest environmental crisis of recent times: how to sustain over 7 billion people while maintaining a habitable environment. Projected global warming impacts, plus continuing loss of land and other natural resources, will continue to impact adversely on the livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of people. There is a need to manage the global environment in a more sustainable way and sustainable development must be underpinned by a thorough understanding of environmental issues and their interactions. Emphasising the integrated nature of the subject, this programme provides a solid foundation in environmental science, data collection and analysis, as well as the economic and social contexts in which environmental investigations operate, to give an holistic view of environmental science for modern sustainable development. The team Dr Peter Burt, Programme Leader and leader of the Research Methods, Fundamentals of Meteorology, Climate Change and Ecological Footprinting, GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resources. Soils and Environments, and Tools for Sustainability courses is a biometeorologist and expert on climate change and its impacts on organisms. David Grzywacz, deputy programme leader and project tutor, is a specialist in biological crop protection. Dr Rob Black, a former leader of the Institute's MSc in Natural Resources programme, is an expert in law and development in relation to plant protection, regulatory affairs, including legislative review and drafting for agriculture, and quarantine and environmental protection. He leads the Risk Analysis for... [-]

Master in Mathematical Sciences

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In our Master’s programme in Mathematical Sciences, you’ll engage in the core activities of mathematics while discovering new patterns and relationships and learning to construct models with predictive power. [+]

Explore The Intersection Of Fundamental And Applied Research In our Master’s programme in Mathematical Sciences, you’ll engage in the core activities of mathematics while discovering new patterns and relationships and learning to construct models with predictive power. You’ll also study the science of structures within the different branches of the physical sciences. Our faculty of Mathematical Sciences offers you a versatile, internationalised learning environment at the intersection of fundamental and applied research You can tailor your programme by selecting one of the following eight tracks: Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Applied Analysis Differential Geometry and Topology History of Mathematics Logic Probability, Statistics, and Stochastic Modelling Pure Analysis Scientific Computing Choosing a track will allow you to pursue your degree through either a theoretical or more applied focus. Programme Objective Our Master of Mathematical Sciences degree programme will prepare you for a challenging career in academic research or as a professional mathematician. [-]

MSc Human Geography

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

The MSc Human Geography covers current themes in critical human geography and research methods for social scientists. [+]

MSc Degrees in Natural Sciences. MSc Human Geography This course provides you with a thorough grounding in key developments in contemporary human geography, as well as advanced level training in geographical research methods, research design, and broader social science concepts and intellectual traditions. The school has world-recognised expertise in cultural, historical, economic and medical geography along with environmental history. Our academics have received accolades for their research from institutions such as the British Medical Association and the Royal Academy. 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 Critical Human Geography Dissertation: Human Geography Geographical Research Methods Space and Social Theory Research Design B Optional You will select 30 credits of optional modules either provided by the School of Geography, or in other social science 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 modules we offer, not a definitive list. Careers Graduates from this programme have... [-]

MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Groningen

Do you wonder about how cities and urban regions can become more sustainable and liveable? How to design innovative policy solutions for pressing environmental, water and road infrastructure problems? Then the international Master's programme in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning will fit you well. [+]

The programme is unique in integrating three elements: (1) the analysis of urban and regional planning strategies and governance approaches for highly dynamic and complex situations, (2) international comparative research and learning, and (3) a focus on environmental, water and infrastructure related challenges. Bringing these elements together, you will examine policy programs for flood resilient cities, integrated road infrastructure solutions and tools for more environmental friendly urban en regional development. You will be part of an international classroom with students originating from different regions across the globe, some of them having experience in planning practice already. Our dedicated staff will challenge you to rethinking real life planning problems by integrating concepts like self-organization, adaptive capacity and transition management. Through a mix of interactive teaching methods you will strengthen your collaboration and communication skills, and your ability to work and think independently. Development Planning and Infrastructure Management (Double Degree) (specialization) An internationally acknowledged educational program in the field of Development Planning and Infrastructure Management: Dealing with new policy principles like decentralisation, ppp and fragmentation in planning and development practice in Indonesia; International exposure for planning students and policy practitioners; An established partnership between highly regarded universities: ITB and RUG Water and Coastal Management (Double Degree) (specialization) [-]

MSc/PGDip Environmental Conservation

University of Greenwich
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Medway London + 2 more

This programme is for individuals already working in environmental conservation who seek to broaden or update their knowledge, and for graduates who wish to become professionally involved in conservation and environmental management. [+]

MSc Degrees in Natural Sciences. This programme is for individuals already working in environmental conservation who seek to broaden or update their knowledge, and for graduates who wish to become professionally involved in conservation and environmental management. Professional and conservation organisations have advised on the content of this degree, ensuring strong links between the programme and the needs of the conservation industry and it has received a 'Best Practice' award from the CIEEM. The programme is structured around four compulsory courses that integrate theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary conservation and environmental management. Students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of modern-day conservation and environmental management, and gain a practical understanding of ecological techniques and strategies. They also acquire the skills to critically apply environmental management techniques and methods to practical situations and to understand modern-day decision making and the underlying criteria and values. In addition, they gain specific knowledge and skills through their chosen optional courses. During June to September students undertake a research project in a specialist area of conservation, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There is a high component of practical work including fieldtrips. This programme is accredited by the CIEEM. The aims of the programme are: - To provide a broad-based understanding of the current issues facing practitioners. - To equip graduates to develop a career in the environmental sector. - To enable students to develop a portfolio of skills and specialist knowledge of a particular area during the research project. Course content: - Principles and... [-]

M.Sc. in Management & Engineering in Water

RWTH International Academy / RWTH Aachen University
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Germany Aachen

Water management systems are fundamental to society, through the supply of safe drinking water, the treatment of waste water, the flood and costal protection and through the social and ecological roles of water management. Significant resources are invested to ensure that complex water systems meet the levels of service and performance requirements as defined by increasing social and environmental requirements, whilst minimizing financial, environmental and social costs. The continued development, operation and management of these systems requires highly trained experts with knowledge and practical skills that covers science, engineering and management disciplines. This M.Sc. programme provides the educational base and professional foundation for this, educates graduates that stand out for their ability to integrate scientific principles, engineering knowledge and management techniques for innovative problem solving. [+]

+++ New Programme +++ Expected Start in the Winter Semester 2017/18 +++ https://www.academy.rwth-aachen.de/en/education-formats/msc-degree-programmes/management-and-engineering-in-water An expert in water resource is someone who... Develops sustainable coast and river protection systems most cost-efficiently Unifies the ecological and economical approaches to natural water resources Develops sustainable waste water treatment systems and provide high-level drinking water Consults municipal water companies in developing investment strategies to improve the water management systems Combines the technical demands of an urban water supply with the preservation of ecological systems Consults the government in water conservation strategies and sustainable water cycle management ... to make a difference. Is this you? Obtaining, distributing and managing the vulnerable resource water will play an even bigger role in the future than it does today. Reconciling ecology and economy in the water management is a challenging task where management skills and water engineering know-how is indispensable. Therefore it is important that the complex water systems meet the levels of service and performance requirements defined by increasingly social and environmental demands, whilst minimizing financial, environmental and social costs. The continued development, operation and management of these systems requires highly trained experts with knowledge and practical skills that covers science, engineering and management disciplines. The programme Master of Science in Management and Engineering of Water Resources combines the wide range of applied science, engineering and management disciplines represented in water management. The main objective of the course is to offer further expertise in the water management sector by providing a balance of technical, theoretical and practical... [-]

Masters in Environmental Health (MSc)

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

Environmental health is the branch of public health that's concerned with how our living, working and leisure environments affect our health. [+]

MSc Degrees in Natural Sciences. Why study MSc Environmental Health at Middlesex? We are the largest and foremost provider of environmental health education in the UK. Our close links with industry allow us to offer a course which is highly work-focused, with a strong emphasis on practical laboratory work and real-life case studies. Our excellent facilities include a microbiology laboratory and pestology materials. Many of our teaching staff are chartered environmental health practitioners, and they have a wide range of specialisms and experience. Our inspiring principal lecturer Alan Page is a former principal environmental health officer at several London councils, while programme leader Michael Hewitt was a senior environmental health officer at British Airways. Under their expert guidance, our students have done research into a wide variety of areas, including listeria in food, the effects of heavy smoking, skin lightening, water pollution and the attitudes of people living in high-rise buildings towards recycling. Course highlights The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, meaning that when you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for professional membership of the institute, and sit the assessment to become a general or specialist (and eventually chartered) practitioner. You will be encouraged to become a student member while you study. ... [-]

MSc Energy and Environmental Engineering

Edinburgh Napier University
Campus Full time 3 semesters September 2017 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Build on your current credentials in the field of energy and environmental engineering, or take the first step into this vital industry. [+]

Build on your current credentials in the field of energy and environmental engineering, or take the first step into this vital industry. Course introduction Energy and the environment are increasingly taking their place as a major issue in today’s world. The course emphasises renewable energy techniques and theories, while also addressing the scientific background associated with sustainable construction and renewable and alternative energies. What you'll learn As well as advanced engineering principles and practices, you’ll learn to effectively manage projects and develop your research skills. You’ll be given practical experience in applying these principles to the investigation and development of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy. The course is accredited by both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Energy Institute, UK. Combined with a suitable accredited undergraduate degree, the MSc degree would then satisfy the academic requirements of the UK Engineering Council for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Subjects include Sustainability energy technologies Solar energy: technology Modelling and analysis Sustainable building design Research skills and project Management Control engineering Distributed generation systems MSc project Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study. Career opportunities energy production engineering consultancies research building services environmental engineering design Entry requirements An Honours degree at 2:2 or above in one of the following engineering disciplines: electrical, electronic, mechanical, mechatronics, environmental energy, renewable/sustainable energy, environmental science, engineering with management; or an alternative qualification and appropriate experience within the industry. Civil... [-]

MSc in Mathematics

Sabanci University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

Graduate students may choose to follow the regular track of pure mathematics as well as joint work with other disciplines within the university such as the computer science or economics. [+]

MSc Degrees in Natural Sciences. Graduate programs lead to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics. The current interests concentrate in mainly two areas: analysis and its applications (applied functional analysis, differential equations, numerical analysis), algebra and number theory and their applications (in particular, modular forms, finite fields, coding theory, and cryptography). Graduate students may choose to follow the regular track of pure mathematics as well as joint work with other disciplines within the university such as the computer science or economics. The research within the Mathematics Group at Sabancı University focus on: Algebra, Number Theory and Applications (finite fields, curves over finite fields, algebraic coding theory, pseudorandom number generators, enumerative combinatorics, integer partitions and q-series). Analysis (functional and complex analysis, differential equations, probability and distributions). Admission Requirements Applications for graduate programs are evaluated by the respective Admission Jury along with individual program entries. Admission is finalized by the approval of the related Graduate School Board upon the recommendation of the Jury and announced to the applicants. Applicants may be called for written exams and interviews. All written exams and interviews are held in English. Periods for application are announced in Academic Calendar Your registration will be done upon the approval of Turkish Higher Education Council regarding the equivalence of the last graduated higher institution and the course of study. Required Documents Online Application Form: Candidates can apply more than one program via online application form. Separate forms is to be filled for each applied program. Print-out of Completed Application Form... [-]