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The University of Venice offers a MSc (Master of Science/Laurea Magistrale) degree in "Environmental Sciences" which includes three available study plans; one of them is taught in English (For Italian law: LM75 - Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e il territorio/Sciences and technologies for Environment and territory).
The Msc programme in Enviromental Sciences offers the possibility of getting a Joint Master's Degree in Sustainable Development.
The study plans
The programme unfolds into three semesters of full-time lectures and lab experience. The last semester is dedicated to the development of individual projects and of the thesis, supervised by a department member. Each study plan is organized around a set of core courses, two elected activities and a final examination, in which the candidates will defend the thesis.
Students can choose among three study plans:
Global Environmental Change[English-taught Programme], which provides a thorough understanding of Earth System dynamics, taking a holistic and systemic approach, which also include the social and economic systems. Several disciplines are covered, including: climatology, past and recent climate history, tools for predicting changes in climate, analysis and forecasting of the impacts of climate change on the environment, society and human welfare, adaptation and mitigation strategies, integrated assessment of global change drivers.
Human activities are causing planetary-scale changes in the behaviour of Earth systems, to the extent that our times have been defined as a new era for the planet: the Anthropocene. The dynamics of social and ecological systems show more and more signs of Global changes, affecting the global environment to an unprecedented extent and threatening the sustainability of ecosystems essential to our survival and well-being. Climate is one of the main drivers of changes in social-ecological systems around the world, but it is not the only one. It is indeed interconnected with other drivers, such as demography and economic development. All together natural and anthropogenic drivers determine the global changes we observe in terms of land use, resource exploitation patterns, pollution, migration, etc. As a consequence, the holistic management of societies and ecosystems requires the mainstreaming of climate change policies within the broader context of sustainable development.
Environmental Control and Reclamation [IT] which provides advanced knowledge and skills related to the analysis of the processes that contribute to the de-contamination and environmental qualification; technologies currently in use for the treatment of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and their energy conversion; methodologies for environmental monitoring; productive activities and sustainable rehabilitation of the environment.
Assessment and Management of Environmental Systems [IT], which provides in-depth knowledge intended application and development of methodologies for the management of environmental data; the assessment and management of natural resources; the resource assessment of natural ecosystems; rehabilitation and environmental restoration of ecosystems modified by man; planning and land management, landscape and marine and coastal ecosystems; the assessment and management of environmental sustainability.
To get a glimpse of the contents of the above mentioned study plans as well as of the general rules required to build a study plan, students can read the Programme Structure page of each curriculum.
The final work
The final work (thesis) is the culmination of the programme. The students will work intensively on a topic of her/his choice, while interacting on regular meetings with the project supervisor. The topic of the final work can be any area of environmental sciences. The project will get the student in touch with the most recent and novel research in the field. In several cases these projects lead to a PhD career.
The MSc programme in Environmental Sciences has been designed in accordance with the so-called Bologna process, and thus adopts the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which aims at balancing the average workload of students with the learning outcomes and competences to be achieved. Each credit corresponds to 25 workload hours. It comprises diverse activities for a total of 120 credits. Students have to earn 90 credits by the set of courses below; in addition 12 credits must be selected among the core educational of the other curriculum, or among the topics offered by other Ca' Foscari programmes. Finally, 30 credits are ascribed to an Interdsciplinary case study (6 credits) and a final examination (24 credits).
The study plan below is for the English-taught curriculum in Global Environmental Change. To see the study plan for the Italian-taught curricula, please see the Italian website.Type of educational activity: Core educational activities
- Agrarian, technical and management disciplines total CFU/ECTS: 12
- Biology total CFU/ECTS: 6
- Chemical disciplines total CFU/ECTS: 18
- Earth Science disciplines total CFU/ECTS: 12
- Ecology total CFU/ECTS: 6
- Juridical, economical and quantitative disciplines total CFU/ECTS: 6
- Related or Additional Studies total CFU/ECTS: 18
- Decided by individual student total CFU/ECTS: 12
- For the final examination total CFU/ECTS: 24
- Other useful knowledge for the job market total CFU/ECTS: 6
Scholarships are intended for:
- students enrolled in First Cycle and Second Cycle Degree programmes;
- part-time students enrolled in First Cycle and Second Cycle Degree programmes;
- students with a four-year Degree awarded according to the old system ('vecchio ordinamento', before Ministerial Decree no. 509/1999) only if they enrol in a Research Doctorate;
- students enrolled in Research Doctorates;
- students with disabilities (with a level of disability equal to or higher than 66%).
Please note that a scholarship is granted for achieving an educational programme at any level for the first time.