MESPOM is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management operated by four leading European and two North American Universities.
MESPOM prepares students for identifying and implementing solutions to complex environmental sustainability challenges, especially in an international context. It offers a comprehensive inter- and multi-disciplinary curriculum in environmental studies that challenges students' ability to integrate theory and practice for systematic analysis, holistic understanding, and management of diverse environmental issues in various social contexts. In addition to their academic work, students develop research, communication and other professional skills, learn to orient themselves in European and worldwide networks of environmental institutions and elaborate relevant career objectives and strategies.
The MESPOM study programme lasts two years. The first year is spent at CEU, Budapest with a field course at the University of the Aegean, Lesvos. During the first half of the 2nd year students can choose to study at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University or the University of Manchester. The 4th (research) semester may be hosted by any of the Consortium partners, including our North American partners - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) (USA) and the University of Saskatchewan (UoS) (Canada).
All MESPOM graduates receive Master of Science (MSc) degrees from CEU, Lund University and the University of Manchester. MESPOM is a fully accredited program in Hungary since 2011. Students are granted a full-fledged Hungarian diploma since 2014.
In 2005, MESPOM was created and selected as an Erasmus Mundus Masters course (EMMC). In 2005-2011, MESPOM operated within the Erasmus Mundus programme with four European partners;
In 2009, MESPOM was selected as an EMMC for the 2nd time. In 2010-2016, it operated under the Erasmus Mundus programme and then its successor Erasmus + programme; two North American partners joined the MESPOM Consortium in this period;
In 2015-2019 MESPOM has been operating as a joint Master course without support from the European Commission;
In 2017 MESPOM was selected as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree and will operate within the Erasmus+ programme in 2018-2022.