Master Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change

University of Eastern Finland

Application deadline: 18 February 2014
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: January  2015, February  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master's Degree Programme Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change in Environmental Policy and Law is a new multidisciplinary two-year Master's degree programme that combines high level teaching with vocationally-oriented educational objectives.

The programme provides advanced training in policy, law and impact assessments for climate change and sustainable management of natural resources.

The programme is based on two alternative majors: Natural Resources Governance and Environmental and Climate Change Law. All students are required to take courses in Natural Resources Governance, Environmental Law and Policy, and in Climate Change Law and Policy before selecting their major.
Who we are?
The Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change is a joint Master's degree programme organized between two disciplines; environmental law and environmental policy. The Master's degree programme is fully administrated through the UEF Law School, although the environmental policy major is based at the UEF Department of Geographical and Historical Studies.

In addition, the programme is part of the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), established in 2013. UEF Law School is the leading Finnish research institution in the area of natural resources, climate change, energy and environmental law. The CCEEL brings together a range of activities from UEF Law School and provides a common platform for discussion, research and education.
The programme also benefits from the research and education network of the Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY) operating at the UEF, representing several disciplines including geography, forest economics and policy, environmental law, history, aesthetics and policy, sociology, education, and tourism studies.
The LYY network brings together the expertise of researchers from a variety of traditional and new fields of study to craft socio-cultural scrutiny of the environment and the use of its resources, with the results then offered to the world. The Institute's researcher network includes over 100 researchers and postgraduate students, as well as 12 professors, representing several disciplines including geography, forest economics and policy, environmental law, history, aesthetics, and policy, sociology, education and tourism studies.

Contents

Two alternative Majors

* Natural Resources Governance
* Environmental and Climate Change Law

The duration of the programme is approximately two years. Students who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded a Master's Degree in Social Sciences (MSocSc).

DEGREE STRUCTURE AND COURSES

Compulsory Studies (20 cp)
* University Study Skills 1 cp

* Information skills and sources in Social Sciences for International Studies 1 cp
* Introduction to Natural Resources Governance and Climate Change Policy 2 cp
* Introduction to European and International Environmental Law 4 cp
* Sustainability and Natural Resources 5 cp
* Environmental Policy Instruments 4 cp
* English Academic Writing 3cp

Major Subject: Natural resources governance (40 cp)

* Mining, environment and society 5 cp
* Mining, environment and society II 5 cp
* Food and Society I 5 cp
* Food and Society II 5 op
* Natural Resource Economics and Policy 5 cp
* Forest Governance and EnvironmentalPolicy 3 cp
* Theories and Methods for Social Studies of Environmental Issues 5 cp
* Public Relations and Conflict Mediation in Natural Resources Management 3 cp
* Public Relations and Conflict Mediation in Natural Resources Management, literature 3 cp
* Forest Politics 5 cp
* Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 5 cp
* Climate Change Law and Policy 5 cp
* Boundaries and Natural Resources Governance 5 cp
* Social Forestry 3 cp
* Theories of Environmental Politics 5 cp
* Corporate Social Responsibility in Natural Resources Management 5 cp
* Social Forestry 3 cp
* Maturity Test (no credits)

(total 80 cp to choose from)

or

Major Subject: Environmental and Climate Change Law (40 cp)

* Public International Law 5 cp
* International Environmental Law 5 cp
* Climate Change Law and Policy 5 cp
* International Energy Law and Policy 5 cp
* Seminar on European Union Climate Change Law 5 cp
* EU Energy Law and Policy 5 cp
* Law and Politics on the Environment and Natural Resources in Russia 6 cp
* Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 5 cp
* Seminar on International Dispute Settlement 5 cp
* Public EU Law 5 cp
* Environmental Law in the European Union 4 cp
* Seminar on International and European Environmental Law 5 cp
* Comparative Law 5 cp
* Maturity Test (no credits)

(total 65 cp to choose from)

Elective studies (20 cp)
Students are free to choose the elective studies from the course selection offered in English at the Department of Law and Department of Geographical and Historical Studies. Elective studies could for example studies from other major in the MDP this is recommended. In addition, students can also choose courses from other faculties and departments.

Master's Thesis in Environmental Policy and Law (40 cp)

* Master Thesis seminar and master thesis, Environmental and Climate Change Law
* Master Thesis seminar and master thesis, Natural Resources Governance

Requirements

* The minimum criteria to apply for the programme are:
* Appropriate Bachelor's degree or equivalent university degree
* Proof of English language proficiency
* Letter of motivation in English
* Letter of recommendation in English
* Copy of passport photo page

The subsequent criterion for the programme is:
* Interview


* IELTS (Academic): overall 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing)
* TOEFL iBT: 9092 (minimum 22 in writing)
* TOEFL pBT: 580 (minimum 4.0 in writing)
* PTE: minimum 59

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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