M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources (MENVI)

University of Helsinki

Application deadline: January 30
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

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.

Career Prospects

Agriculture is the major land use activity in Europe and globally with far-reaching impacts and is governed by a complex interplay of ecological, economic and social factors. Therefore, environmental experts with interdisciplinary skills are increasingly needed to address challenges related to the environmental impacts of agricultural production, in particularly sustained fertility of soils, also by novel technology.

The MENVI programme provides the student with an excellent basis for a career in environmental authorities, international development organisations, industries, consultancy, 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.

Contents

Key Research Areas

Agroecology

The main research area of agroecology is the ecological sustainability of plant production. Important research subjects in the Division of Agroecology in the University of Helsinki are, for example, agricultural biodiversity and sustainable urban food systems.

Environmental Soil Science

Environmental soil science focuses on the processes and phenomena occurring in soil. The interactions of soil with plants, watercourses and air are studied with the means of chemistry, physics and biology. We concentrate on mechanisms that control the reactions and impacts of native and anthropogenic substances on the functions of ecosystems in soil and sediment.

Current areas of research in Environmental Soil Science in the University of Helsinki are, for example, impact of different agricultural practices on phosphorus loading of waters, impact of water management on the reactions of acid sulphate soils and remediation of soils polluted with oil or different heavy metals.

Environmental Engineering in Agriculture

Environmental Engineering studies the interaction between agricultural production and the environment and the methods for measuring and modelling them. Environmental Engineering in Agriculture develops production methods and production systems which are both ecological and economical.

Microbiology

Research activity within microbiology in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry in the University of Helsinki is directed towards applied microbiology, i.e. understanding the benefits and risks that microbes can offer or pose to agriculture and forestry, food industry, environmental management and biotechnology, and to explore microbial diversity within diverse environments and associations with other organisms.

Currently, main research interests are cyanobacteria and their toxins, soil microbe-plant interactions, microbial diversity in soils, waters and sediments, fungal ecology and genetics, and environmental biotechnology.

Requirements

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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

Funding

The University of Helsinki is giving about 50 start-up grants to qualified degree students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but we hope that the little extra money helps our new students to settle in Helsinki.

The International Student Grant is available for degree students who are admitted in 2014 into the programmes below:

  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies
  • Bayesian Statistics and Decision Analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Democracy and Global Transformations
  • Economics
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration
  • European Studies
  • Food Sciences
  • Forest Sciences and Business
  • Geography and Geology
  • Intercultural Encounters
  • International Business Law and Public International Law
  • Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Media and Global Communication
  • Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems
  • Neuroscience
  • Physical Sciences
  • Plant Production Science
  • Religion, Conflict and Dialogue
  • Religious Roots of Europe
  • Research Master's Programme in Social Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Translational Medicine

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