MSc/MPhil in Environmental Sciences

General

Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

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Our environment is being challenged in numerous ways including pollution, global warming, overpopulation, natural resource, and ozone depletion. The Environmental Sciences program involves two specialization tracks, each dealing with important aspects of the field and aiming to shed light on and address the aforementioned challenges. Students who enroll in the program will select one of the following two tracks.

The Atmospheric Sciences Track addresses the basic physical processes involved in maintaining the global circulation of the atmosphere and the surface climate; weather and climate models to understand the governing physical principles and their use for climate and weather prediction purposes; the principles of atmospheric chemistry and biology; the factors controlling air quality and the techniques used for air pollution control; the major air pollution sources and methods for measurement, data collection, and analysis of atmospheric samples.

The Meteorology Track addresses subjects in Meteorology and Climatology with the aim to equip students with the weather and climate knowledge and skills necessary in weather forecasting, agrometeorology, hydrometeorology, biometeorology, aviation meteorology, renewable energy resources, marine meteorology, climate change, and its impacts assessment, etc. Moreover, students complete a Basic Instruction Package as required by the World Meteorological Organization, including Physical Meteorology, Dynamic Meteorology, Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology, and Climatology.

Degree Options

The program offers two degree options: an MSc and an MSc/MPhil. The MSc caters to students interested in pursuing a more professional focus, while the MSc/MPhil is intended for students that want to pursue a research career thus offering a more enhanced research component.

The program also offers two tracks (Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology) and students who enroll in the program must select one of the two tracks.

The program is accredited by The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education. The language of instruction and communication of The Cyprus Institute is English.

MSc in Environmental Sciences

The MSc is a 90 ECTS, 12-month program. During the first two terms, students take courses. Students are also required to complete a research project which is assessed through a report and viva at the end of the program.

MSc/MPhil in Environmental Sciences

The MSc/MPhil is a 120 ECTS, 18-month program. During the first two terms, students take courses. Students are also required to complete an extensive research project which is assessed through a Master's thesis and viva at the end of the program.

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Career Prospects

Atmospheric Sciences Track graduates will be equipped to pursue careers in:

  • Environmental Consultant Agencies
  • Environmental Monitoring divisions of public and private institutions
  • Research Institutions and Universities

Meteorology Track graduates may pursue a professional career in:

  • National Meteorological Services*
  • Meteorological consulting, software, or instrumentation companies
  • Media
  • Private Forecasting companies
  • Research Institutions and Universities

*The WMO (World Meteorological Organization) has recently upgraded the qualification requirements for professionals working in the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its member countries. Professional staff is encouraged to undergo an officially recognized level course of Meteorology that will include a Basic Instruction Package as is determined by the WMO. The Meteorology Track syllabus covers all topics required for professionals employed in the National Meteorological and Hydrological Departments of Meteorology as prescribed by the WMO.

Qualified students may continue on to a Ph.D., which offers generous financial support options.

Program Structure and Requirements

MSc Degree MSc / MPhil Degree

Term 1 /Fall Semester
1 Mandatory Course, 1 Track Mandatory Course, 1 Elective Course: 30 ECTS

Term 1 / Fall Semester
1 Mandatory Course, 1 Track Mandatory Course, 1 Elective Course: 30 ECTS

Term 2 / Spring Semester
1 Mandatory Course, 1 Track Mandatory Course, 1 Elective Course: 30 ECTS

Term 2 / Spring Semester
1 Mandatory Course, 1 Track Mandatory Course, 1 Elective Course: 30 ECTS

Term 3 / Summer Period
Research Project including submission of Research Project and Viva*

Term 3 / Summer Period
Thesis Research

 

Term 4 / Fall Semester
Thesis Research

 

Term 5 / Spring Semester
Thesis Research including submission of Master's Thesis and Viva*

*The Research Project or Thesis can start earlier following a discussion and the approval of the Supervisor.

Program Courses

Mandatory Courses
  • ES 401 Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology
  • ES 402 Climatology
Track Mandatory Courses
  • ES 406 Atmospheric Chemistry and Biology (AST)
  • ES 407 Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AST)
  • ES 408 Dynamic Meteorology (MT)
  • ES 409 Synoptic Meteorology (MT)
Elective Courses
  • ES 416 Atmospheric Modelling
  • ES 417 Hydrology and the Atmospheric- Water Cycle
  • ES 418 Aerosol Physics and Chemistry
  • ES 419 Climate Change: Concepts and Perspectives

AST: Atmospheric Sciences Track, MT: Meteorology Track
Track option selection is defined by the selection of track mandatory courses at the beginning of the program.

Students who continue on to a Ph.D. at The Cyprus Institute may have certain courses, and possibly research requirements waived, resulting in a shorter Ph.D. program.

The Cyprus Institute Graduate School reserves the right to make any changes to the program upon approval of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, and Youth.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions requirements to apply to the Master’s program in Environmental Sciences are:

1. A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited academic institution, with a strong background in natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.

2. Proof of English Language Proficiency

If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the program to which you are applying. 

Application Procedure

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 admission. Students must apply using our online application system. Prospective applicants should read the section below, which outlines exactly which documents will be required before filling out the online application. Students should also note the various application deadlines.

Documents to be Uploaded With the Online Application

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Academic Degrees and Official Transcripts

Students will have to upload their undergraduate degree (scan of actual degree diploma) and a copy of their official transcript. Students should also upload a copy of the degree and transcripts of any additional degrees earned.
Students who have not yet graduated at the time of application, but will have graduated before the start of the program for which they are applying, may submit their transcript to date. If they are accepted into the program, then they will be required to provide to The Cyprus Institute Graduate School their official final transcript and copy of their degree as soon as they are issued. Degrees must be from accredited institutions/programs.

Transcripts and degree diplomas must be in English: either issued in English by the Higher Education Institution or if the Higher Education Institution cannot issue a transcript in English then you must provide a duly certified official translation in English.

3. English Language Certificates

If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the program to which you are applying. Proof of English language proficiency may be demonstrated by submitting one of the following certificates (or equivalent as deemed by the Admissions Committee).

  • IELTS Academic version: at least 6.5 (taken within the past 2 years)
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test: at least 79 (taken within the past 2 years)
  • GCSE/IGCSE: Grade C or above (preferably with speaking)

IELTS or TOEFL is preferred.

The English Language proficiency test requirement may be waived if you have/will graduate from a higher education institution in which English is the medium of instruction and communication or if you have a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that CyI considers to be “majority English speaking” no more than two years prior to the proposed date of registration.

4. Other Certificates

Applicants may upload up to 4 additional certificates that they feel are relevant in the Other Certificates section of the application (e.g. score reports of standardized tests such as the GRE, awards, prizes, certificates)

5. Statement of Intent

Your statement of intent should be 500-1000 words. The statement should convince the faculty on the selection committee that you have solid achievements that demonstrate the potential for success in graduate study. Ideally, it should address the following:

  1. Introduction: Introduce yourself, your interests, and your motivations. This section should be brief and to the point (not an autobiography).
  2. Summarize your undergraduate, and if applicable graduate career.
    1. Research conducted. Mention with whom, the title of the project, what your responsibilities were, and the outcome. Write technically, since professors will read your statement.
    2. Significant papers or thesis project you completed, as well as anything scholarly beyond your curricular requirements.
    3. Work experience, especially responsibilities related to your proposed field of graduate study to which you are applying.
  3. Discuss the relevance of your recent and current activities: If you graduated prior to applying to graduate school, write about what you have been doing and what you learned during this time. Explain how this experience helped you to focus on what you want to do during your graduate studies.
  4. Elaborate on your academic interests: Indicate what you want to study in graduate school in enough detail to convince the faculty reviewing the application that you understand the scope of research in their discipline, and are engaged in current research themes.
    1. Indicate your area of interest. You may pose a question, define a problem, or specify a theme that you would like to address, and questions that arise from current research in the area. This should be addressed clearly and thoroughly.
    2. Look on the web at professors and their research. Look specifically for professors whose research interests are aligned with yours and indicate it.
    3. End the statement in a positive manner, demonstrating your excitement and readiness for the challenges ahead.

6. References

Applicants will be asked to provide the names of at least two references (professors, supervisors, employers, or others able to comment on your academic performance and suitability for graduate studies). Recommendations should specifically address your ability to succeed in your proposed academic program and discuss any experience that may have prepared you to succeed in the program. Your recommenders will be required to fill out an online recommendation form which will be automatically requested by entering their contact details on the application form. You will need to enter their full name, title, institution, and email address.

Application Deadline

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 admission. The application deadlines for Fall 2020 can be found in the table below:

Fall Term

 

Early Admissions

Regular Admissions

Late Admissions

 

Open for EU and International Students


Open for EU and International Students


Open for EU and international students who do not require a visa

 

Applicants will be prioritized for consideration for a limited number of tuition scholarships/research assistantships

Applicants will be considered for a limited number of tuition scholarships/research assistantships (subject to availability)

Applicants will be considered for a limited number of tuition scholarships/research assistantships (subject to availability)

Application
Deadline

December 20

April 1

July 3

  • International applicants should apply early to avoid disappointment due to immigration deadlines.
  • Applicants are informed approximately six weeks after the respective application deadlines.
  • The dates listed in the sections above are indicative and may change.

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Last updated Dec 2020

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