MESPOM prepares students for identifying and implementing solutions to complex environmental 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 fall and winter semesters of the first year are spent at Central European University, Vienna and the spring semester - at the University of the Aegean, Greece. In summer, students take internships supervised by MESPOM faculty and hosted by Associated Partners or other organisations. 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 at the School of Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Manchester. The 4th (research) semester may be hosted by any of the Consortium partners.
All MESPOM graduates receive Master of Science (MSc) degrees from CEU, Lund University, the University of the Aegean, and the University of Manchester.
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 had 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 operated within the Erasmus+ programme in 2018-2022. Due to MESPOM relocation to Vienna in 2020, EMJMD scholarships was again not available for MESPOM students of 2020-2022.