The state of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources are the base for human wellbeing now and in the future. Therefore, environmental experts are increasingly needed to meet the challenges related to the environmental impacts of agriculture and food production, polluted soils, water quality, biodiversity decline, and other environmental issues.
The international and interdisciplinary Master´s Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI) aims to educate environmental experts with outstanding scientific skills. The research and problem based education provides the student with an excellent basis for a career in environmental authorities, industries, as well as in research.
The programme consists of four specialist options: Agroecology, Environmental Engineering in Agriculture, Environmental Soil Science and Microbiology.
The English-language Masters Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources will admit a maximum of 16 students who satisfy the admission criteria. Applicants must choose their prospective major subject from among the following:
1) Plant Production Sciences, specialist option in Agroecology (three students can be admitted),
2) Agrotechnology, specialist option in Environmental Engineering in Agriculture (five students can be admitted),
3) Environmental Soil Science (three students can be admitted) and
4) Microbiology (five students can be admitted).
The programme is organised jointly by the departments of Agricultural Sciences and Food and Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki.
Agriculture is the major land use activity in Europe and globally. It has far-reaching impacts on the environment and is governed by a complex interplay of ecological, economic and social factors. Thus, environmental experts with interdisciplinary skills are increasingly needed to address challenges related to the environmental impacts of agricultural production, in particularly to the sustainable use and fertility of soils.
The MENVI programme provides the student with an excellent basis for a career within environmental authorities, international development organisations, industries, consultancy agencies, non-governmental organisations, as well as in research.
The interdisciplinary and international approach of the programme qualifies you for a broad range of employment opportunities both in Finland and abroad. The students are able to influence their career perspectives by their elective course choices, and especially by the choice of their thesis topic.
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
The University of Helsinki does not charge tuition fees. The only obligatory fee is for the Student Union membership (90 to 100 euro per year). However, you should be aware that Erasmus Mundus programmes (Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry; Economy, State and Society; Food of Life; International Performance Research) may charge tuition fees from non-EU students.
The Master´s Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI) consists of general studies, major subject studies, and multidisciplinary studies in environmental issues.
The major subject studies include core studies in the specialist option selected by the student. The students choose the specialist option when they apply to the MENVI.
AgroecologyAgroecology advances sustainable development in agriculture and food systems, with a focus on ecological sustainability. The courses focus on agroecosystems, agrobiodiversity, and production systems. Individual courses typically bridge lectures, group work and seminars. As much of the work is based on the interpretation of primary research reports, a good understanding of the scientific process and of scientific inference is a prerequisite for attending this specialist option. Read more... Environmental Engineering in AgricultureEnvironmental engineering focuses interactions between agricultural production and the environment and the methods for measuring and modelling them. Environmental engineering develops agricultural production methods and production systems which are both ecological and economical. Courses typically bridge lectures, sums and exercises. Environmental Soil ScienceEnvironmental soil science focuses on processes and phenomena occurring in soil and sediment. The interactions of soil with plants, watercourses and air are studied using chemistry, physics and biology. The studies include plenty of laboratory work and therefore previous studies in chemistry, including lab skills, are necessary. Microbiology
Microbiology is a multidisciplinary science on the biology of microbes which are bacteria, archaea, microscopic eukaryotic organisms such as yeasts, other fungi, protists, algae, and viruses. Microbes carry out recycling of major nutrients and can be utilised also bioremediation. Life on Earth would be impossible without microbes. The studies include plenty of laboratory work and therefore previous studies in biosciences, including lab skills, are necessary.SELECTION OF THE MAJORThe programme consists of four specialist options: Agroecology, Environmental Engineering in Agriculture, Environmental Soil Science and Microbiology.The English-language Master’s Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources will admit a maximum of 11 students who satisfy the admission criteria. Applicants must choose their prospective major subject from among the following:1) Plant Production Sciences, specialist option in Agroecology (two students can be admitted), 2) Agrotechnology, specialist option in Environmental Engineering in Agriculture (three students can be admitted), 3) Environmental Soil Science (three students can be admitted) and 4) Microbiology (three students can be admitted).
Programme StructurePersonal Study Plan, Academic Writing, Statistics, Bioethics and legislation, Work Life Orientation etc.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI) is open to applicants who have completed a suitable Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent degree, in fields relevant to the MENVI in Finland or abroad. Also eligible are applicants who will have completed a suitable Bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree, so that by the time they enrol (no later than on a date informed by the Faculty) at the University, they will be able to present their diploma.
No work experience is required.
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