There are two study tracks in the ECGS Master’s programme to choose from: the Environmental Change study track or the Global Sustainability study track.
The study track in Environmental Change educates experts in natural sciences. Environmental Change modules are offered in, for example, the following research fields: aquatic sciences, soil and earth sciences, environmental ecology, environmental biotechnology and agroecology.
The study track in Global Sustainability educates experts in social sciences. Global Sustainability modules include themes such as environmental and natural resource economics, environmental policy, development studies, public and social policy, consumer research, forest policy and economics, and development geography.
Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS credits)
The Master’s thesis is usually based on an empirical research project and critical contemplation of the results in the light of scientific literature on the topic. The thesis may also consist of a theoretical literature study. Students start their Master’s thesis with research plan during the first year of MSc studies, and gathering of data first study year’s summer or during periods 1-2 of second study year. Data processing and writing takes place in period 3 of second study year. In many cases, the work is carried out in a research project in which the student has a clearly defined and independent role.
Students plan their research, write the research plan and present the results in the Master's Thesis Seminar. The seminar consists of contact teaching common to all students of Environmental Change and Global Sustainability Master's Programme. Seminar presentations and discussion sessions are held in groups formed according to research topics or approaches. Student presentation of results are common to all students so that students listen to and comment on presentations with different disciplinary backgrounds.