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 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.
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 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.
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.
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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