If you look up the word environment in the dictionary you get descriptions like 'the setting or condition where a particular activity takes place'. Well that’s a pretty broad area of study because studying the environment is different depending on where you are in the world and offers the chance to travel and learn more about the world we live in. It is a truly global subject matter.
Not only that, but studying the environment actually changes over time, so it is never a static area of study. Many people who chose to study the environment often find that they end up working in areas that they couldn't have foreseen when they graduated. For example one area of study called 'Environmental Science' covers the diverse disciplines of Ecology, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, engineering, soil science, atmospheric science and much more. Other courses like 'Environmental Planning' require a flexible approach as they deal with the various challenges facing sustainable development as the global population increases.
So with that in mind, which kind of environmental study is right for you and what areas of study are becoming popular with employers and environmental researchers. Let’s take a look at some world-renowned courses that are available across Europe that tackle some of the most important environmental issues of our time. This is by no means an exhaustive list - there are plenty of other fascinating master's degree programs avaiable at top-notch European universities, but this will but give you a flavour of what is on offer. Once you have more of an idea of what you want to specialise in and where you want to be based, you can use our A-Z European university search facilty to refine your search.
This program is operated by CEU, Lund University (Sweden), the University of Manchester (UK), the University of the Aegean (Greece), the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and the ‘Monterey Institute for International Studies’ (USA). Graduates are awarded MSc degrees by all European partners. It is aimed at graduates who want to solve the many environmental challenges that we face today so would suit graduates from natural sciences, earth studies, social sciences and even law.
MSc in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development at Radboud University
(September start, 2 years)
This course – part of ‘PLANET Europe’ – is an integrated ‘Erasmus Mundus’ Master’s program on European spatial planning, environmental policies and regional development. It is a joint Masters Program of Radboud University Nijmegen, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Cardiff University that prepares graduates for a career in environmental and spatial planning in Europe. It’s truly international in perspective and offers transferable skills to other environment careers.
MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
(September start, 2 years)
This program – at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium – provides insight into the diversity and complexity of the life and processes in the oceans, seas, lakes and estuaries and skills to study and manage them. It is open to graduates in biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, chemistry, geology, geography, geography and geomathics, bio-engineer science or environmental sciences. There is a huge skills shortage in this area and the ocean provides endless opportunities for study.
MA in European Food and Agribusiness at the Royal Agricultural University
(October start, 1 year)
Companies in Europe require managers with trans-national knowledge and linguistic skills, and who can function confidently and competently within the European arena of food production and business. So if you are passionate about the food you eat and think you have a head for business this could be a great option for you. It is based at the Royal Agricultural University in the UK
MA/MSc Geography at King's College London
(September start, 1 year full time or 2 years part time)
The Geography Department at King’s College London in the UK has one of the widest ranges of postgraduate courses on offer in Europe, with over thirty degree options available. Geography covers so much of ‘the environment’, so personalise your degree by choosing optional modules that suit your interests, and enjoy living in the one and only city of London. Applicants should be graduates or have relevant experience.Find postgraduate programs in GEOGRAPHY
MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Sustainable Architecture) at the Graduate School of the Environment
(September, March start, 1 year full time or 2 years part time)
The Graduate School of the Environment at CAT in Wales. CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology) is an education and visitor centre which demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability, covering all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. It is a world-renowned centre of new ideas and has been around for over 40 years. If you want to live your 'environmental principles' while you study then this is good place to start.
MSc Health and the Environment at Cranfield University
(October start, 1 year full time or 3 years part time)
Health is a growing sector and assessing the impact of our surroundings on our health is crucial to many organisations. So if you have a social conscience and well as an interest in environmental science or management this course may well suit you. This course at Cranfield University in the UK is suitable for both recent graduates and scientists who are looking to gain an advanced understanding of how human activities which are detrimental to the environment specifically affect human health
MSc Sustainable Water Management at the Lancaster Environment Centre
(October start, 1 year full time or 2 years part time)
The Lancaster Environment Centre in the UK is an internationally renowned centre of environmental studies. This course is taught by world experts in their field, including staff of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology within the Lancaster Environment Centre. If you want to help ensure we manage our resources more effectively then this course could be ideal. Water is a crucial resource yet it is often in short supply to those who need it so be part of the solution. A degree in a relevant subject is required to apply.Find postgraduate programs in LAND SURVEYING
MSc Ecology and the Environment at Linkoping University
(August start, 2 years)
The Ecology and the Environment masters program at Linköping University in Sweden prepares students for working with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities and populations, based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories. So if you love nature or biology and want to make sure ecosystems gets the protection it deserves and even plan ecological landscapes then this course may suit you.
MA Environmental Art at Aalto University
(September start, 2 years)
This program at Aalto University in Finland challenges students to develop their artistic and conceptual skills in diverse issues related to spaces. Land art, installations, spatial art, public art and communal projects form the field of environmental art, in which physical, social and informative spaces meet ecological questions and the global reality. So if you love the environment but hate science then maybe your creativity can still be used in an environmental career. Relevant study is required.
MSc in Paleo-Climate and Geo-Ecosystems at VU University
(September start, 2 years)
An MSc in Paleo-Climate and Geo-Ecosystems at VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands) will enable you to understand the processes controlling climatic and environmental change on Earth. It requires previous study in Earth Sciences, Geology, Biogeology, Environmental Sciences or other relevant study. So if you used to collect rocks as a kid and love to learn more about the earth and its processes then you may love this course.
This is just a tiny selection of Environmental postgraduate courses that are available to study in Europe. There are thousands of environmental masters courses registered on Postgrad.com so take a look and find the perfect course for you.
Good luck in studying an environmental masters subject. The options and possibilities are endless, so do your homework and find a course that suits your skills and personality.
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