Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Masters programme, a successful graduate will be able to:

(KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING)

  •  thoroughly understand core concepts and approaches in environmental sciences, policy and management and their relationship to each other;
  • demonstrate advanced understanding of several areas* of environmental sciences, policy and management (including awareness of the most important issues, contemporary theories and practices, key uncertainties, and practical complexities and dilemmas);
  • understand the process of research and knowledge production in a selected environmental topic (including identifying a suitable problem statement and research questions, relevant academic and professional literature, and appropriate methods);

(SKILLS)

  • analyze and critically evaluate contemporary theory and practice in a range of environmental fields;
  • contribute to production of professional and academic knowledge and improvement of practice in selected fields of environmental science, policy and management;
  • communicate complex environmental knowledge effectively in English both orally and in writing to professional and academic audiences, using appropriate communication standards;
  • organize effective independent work in environmental sciences, policy and management; work effectively in multidisciplinary, multicultural groups to solve environmental problems;

(VALUES/ATTITUDES)

  • appreciate the role and the value of rigorous scientific inquiry (including inter- and multidisciplinary approaches), sound management practices, and democratic policy-making processes in solving environmental problems, with awareness of the role and the value of culturally appropriate approaches to environmental management in specific societal contexts;
  • uphold values that advance a sustainable and open society, self-reflective critical inquiry, research ethics, and environmental and social care;
  • appreciate the potential contribution of multidisciplinary and/or multinational networks to meeting environmental and sustainability challenges.

* For MESPOM students, these areas will include ecosystem management and either pollution and environmental control or preventative environmental strategies