Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management

Lund University

Program Description

Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management

Lund University

Programme overview

Programme overview MESPOM is a joint programme 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 upon completion are awarded a joint degree. Bringing together the best from the excellent partner institutions and offering on-site insight in 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 multi-faceted educational journey also creates a unique platform for the vibrant alumni network that characterises this programme.

Programme modules/courses

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 with contribution from Lund University and University of Manchester. The first semester includes a number of mandatory courses in which students are introduced to environmental sciences, policy and management. The second semester consists of a mix of mandatory and elective courses. The second semester concludes with a mandatory course on Assessment, Modelling and Scenarios for Ecosystems Management taught at University of the Aegean on the island of Lesvos.

Upon completion of the first two semesters, students proceed to Semester 3 during the first half of the second year. For this semester students choose to study 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. Students who come to Lund will take four mandatory courses: Environmental Management in Organisations, Integrated Product Policy, Strategic Environmental Development and Applied Research in Preventative Environmental Approaches. Although there are no elective courses in Lund, the nature of several course components allows for a great deal of individual customisation.

Students who complete the courses in the first three semesters will, in Semester 4 (the second half of the second year), undertake their thesis research project. They can choose any of the six MESPOM consortium universities as their host institution and write their thesis under the supervision of a faculty member from the host institution. The research results in a MSc thesis which is jointly examined by the MESPOM consortium universities. During the last one week of the fourth semester, students re-join at the Central European University 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.

Career prospects

Most of the graduates have found jobs in Europe or in their home countries. 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.

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Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Ranking 2016/2017, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated October 17, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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Sweden Lund
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