International Environmental Studies

Master of Science in International Environmental Studies

This program concerns the environmental challenges of our time, and seeks solutions that combine both natural and social science approaches. This degree qualifies students to contribute to international, sustainable development.

Duration: 2 years
Start: Autumn 2017
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What can you use this qualification for?
Graduates can work in national and international agencies, ministries and environmental organisations. It also qualifies for jobs in development aid agencies, education, research institutions, media, consulting companies and international non-governmental organizations.
What will you learn?

Students will learn about causes and effects of global environmental problems related foremost to climate change, loss of biodiversity, desertification, water availability and land degradation. The program provides an in-depth understanding of the interactions between social and natural processes through which global environmental change takes place, and how governance structures and power relations influence current trends.

Short description

The program is international in two ways: The curriculum covers topics that are relevant for many countries, and students on the program come from many different countries throughout the world. The program is interdisciplinary, consisting of courses that focus on both natural and social aspects of the environmental challenges of our time, and students with both natural and social science backgrounds may be accepted into the program.

Roles of international political bodies, national states and state policies, markets and civil society are emphasized. Poverty alleviation and health issues are core aspects of sustainable development with strong links to environmental factors.

Programme structure

Showing programme structure for students starting 2017

Study year: 1

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Foundations of Sustainability Science 10 Compulsory Course
Social Research Methods 15 Compulsory Course
Introduction to International Environmental Studies 5 Compulsory Course

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Core courses
Climate Change and Development 10 Choose at least 2 Courses
Agroecology and development 10 Choose at least 2 Courses
The Politics and Governance of the Environment 10 Choose at least 2 Courses
Political Ecology 10 Choose at least 2 Courses
Study year: 2

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Master's Thesis 30 Choose one Master Thesis

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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