Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management

Program Objectives

The Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management Program under the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Pokhara University has been designed to offer a unique opportunity to acquire highly skillful knowledge and practical tools on multi-disciplinary subjects related to environmental science and management. The course provides fundamental basis for understanding and application of social, physical, biological, legal and economical components of the environment and their holistic integration to provide a comprehensive working knowledge on the environmental science and management. The program focuses on developing social, environmental and developmental outlook and adequate skill in analysis, decision-making, implementation, leadership, and communication among the students. It is aimed at producing high quality professionals- environmental scientists, managers, researchers, counselors etc.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • offer courses covering fundamentals of environmental science, tools of environment management and advanced courses on environmental science.
  • provide opportunities to carrying out research works with the use of cross-cutting and state of the art information and tools.
  • provide opportunities to the students to acquire advanced knowledge on the subject and enhance individual skills and expertise.
  • contribute to policy research in the fields of environmental science and management.

Curricular Structure

The curriculum is designed to equip students with the competencies, knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to become successful professionals in the fields of environmental science and management. The coursework gives students a broad and holistic view into the complexity today‟s environmental concerns. The program intends to help students to develop specialization in the fields of environment to build their professional career, and/or pursue further studies. The curriculum comprises of the following five components:

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Fundamental Knowledge Courses (FKC) (18 Credits): The foundation courses provide necessary academic background and analytical tools for the MSc study and are pre-requisite for the advanced courses.
  • Environmental Management Tools (EMT) (18 Credits): An advanced courses on the environmental management tools provide analytical skills and tool required for solving complexity of the environmental problems.
  • Advanced Courses (AC) (16 Credits): The courses provide students in-depth understanding on the local and global environment issues.
  • Elective Courses (EC) (3 Credits): These courses are expected to help students to develop their specialization into a particular environmental issue.
  • Thesis (9 Credits): Students are required to undertake an independent research thesis work that might involve fieldwork, lab work, data processing, and empirical analysis. The students are required to prepare a thesis on a prescribed format.

Program Features

The features of the MSc Env Science and Mgmt. program are competitive learning, market driven concentration, and flexibility. This degree program focuses on the technical, managerial and policy issues associated with environmental and developmental outlook and adequate skill in analysis, environmental decision-making, implementation, leadership, and communication among the students. The MSc program features both theoretical and practical aspects of the environmental science and management.

The regular MSc program is to be completed within two years.

The program will use a range of pedagogical inputs that include in-campus learning through classroom lectures, discussions, presentations, lab works, case studies and guest lecture, as well as off-campus learning through project/field works.

Eligibility

The prospective individual with a Bachelor degree in science, forestry, agriculture, engineering and other related technical subjects or equivalent from recognized institutions are eligible to enter into the M.Sc. in Environmental Management degree course. Besides fulfi lling the basic academic requirements, candidates should appear in an entrance examination to qualify for the program.