Pollutants and naturally occurring substances pose a potential risk of having an adverse impact on human health and the environment. The proper management of these risks requires scientifically-based decision making. Environmental assessment bridges the gap between scientific research and the use of science in decision-making, regulation, and environmental management. By understanding and evaluating the sources, fate, and effects of pollutants in the environment we can develop a scientific basis for assessing risks and thus support regulatory, enforcement, and remedial-action decisions.
The MSc program (EMAS) is designed to develop a sound and critical understanding of the processes and methodologies of Environment Management, to expose students to the range of public policy and social science considerations involved in environmental planning, sustainable development and resource decision-making, to enhance students’ existing knowledge of the biogeophysical environment and provide students with a thorough understanding of GIS applied to environmental decision-making. It is directed towards individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in any relevant discipline in the social or physical sciences and are interested in developing or enhancing their knowledge and skills in the environmental field. Students will also be able to relate EMAS theory and practice during their internship, designed to provide opportunities for them to deepen their knowledge and extend their skills through direct application as EMAS practitioners in governmental, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or private sector organizations.