Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

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Program Description

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Overview

The M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences is a 30 credit hour program that is offered both full and part-time within the Biology Department. Students are required to complete 24 credit hours of coursework in addition to 6 credit hours assigned to research and the completion of an M.Sc. thesis. The coursework includes 4 credit hours of College of Science requirements (Ethics, Research Methods, and Statistics), 10 credit hours of core environmental sciences courses and elective courses (10 credit hours) that allow the student to specialize in any specific topic relating to environmental sciences. Student progress is overseen by a research supervisor (and co-supervisors) and a thesis defense committee. The program is a fee-based program open for all students who meet the entry requirements.

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Program Objectives

  • Develop proficiency of basic concepts in cellular and molecular biology, ecology and environmental sciences, and general biology.
  • Foster teamwork and improve oral and communication skills.
  • Foster a student-oriented research program that results in professional publications.
  • Embrace student-oriented teaching methods that nurture critical thinking abilities and apply their knowledge to solve theoretical and empirical real-life problems.
  • Prepare students for the future job market and careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss contemporary issues relating to environmental challenges, ethics, and professional responsibilities.
  • Describe relationships between environmental components and processes and the role of anthropogenic factors.
  • Evaluate material from available resources on issues and challenges relating to environmental problems facing the UAE.
  • Evaluate the means by which human society can conserve and restore the environment using approaches drawn from various sciences and fields of study.
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral presentation skills.
  • Conduct scientific environmental research, and use quantitative methods to analyze results.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 30 hours

College of Science

Required Courses (5 hours) Credit Hours
COSC501 Research Methods 1
COSC502 Ethics of Scientific Research 1
COSS633 Seminar 2
STAT503 Applied Statistics 2

Environmental Science

Required Courses (9 hours) Credit Hours
BIOE611 Environmental Science I 3
BIOE613 Environmental Science II 2
GEO610 Social Impact Assessment 2
PUBL655 Environmental Law 2
Elective Courses (10 hours) Credit Hours
BIOE598 Selected Topics 1 - 3
BIOE599 Independent Study 3
BIOE621 Plant Research to Environmental Stresses 2
BIOE623 Environmental Microbiology 2
BIOE625 Coastal Management 2
BIOE627 Desert Ecology 2
BIOE629 Applied Systems Ecology 2
BIOE631 Environmental Pollution & Pesticides 2
BIOE633 Soil and Water Pollution 2
BIOE649 Community Medicine 2
BIOE651 Industrial Hygiene 2
BIOE653 Human Environmental Physiology 2
BIOE655 Essentials Of Toxicology 2
CHEM673 Petroleum & Petrochemical Pollution 2
CHEM674 Biochemistry of Toxins & Pollutants 2
CHEM675 Environmental Chemistry 2
CHEM677 Corrosion Science For Environments 2
GEOL528 Remote Sensing 2
GEOL565 Environmental Geochemistry 2
GEOL574 Energy Resources 2
GEOL575 Engineering Geology 2

Thesis

Required Course (6 hours) Credit Hours
COSR699 Thesis 6

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

Merit Fellowship Award

To receive the Merit Award, students are expected to have high academic credentials and maintain their academic success at the UAEU. The Merit Fellowship Award offers a financial assistance in form of partial tuition waiver to qualified students. Students in STEM and strategic areas of the country (renewable energy, transportation, health, water resources, technology, space) will have priority.

Student Eligibility:

  • Have Excellent Academic Standing (GPA ≥ 3.6/4.0).
  • Maintain a GPA ≥3.6/4.0 during study at UAEU.
  • Have no other financial sponsorship or award.

Benefits:

  • 50% discount on tuition fees.

Duration:

  • Valid until graduation as long as the student is abiding with the Student Eligibility conditions.

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Last updated Nov 2019

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