MSc. Environmental Management
The desire to mount this postgraduate programme is borne out of the desire to train skilled manpower that is capable of monitoring and managing our environment. Our environment is plagued by a myriad of environmental hazards-some man made and some natural. Some of these hazards have devastating consequences on man his livelihood.
The proper management of the environment is the centre of sustainable development. There is growing awareness in commercial organizations, government departments, NGOs and other agencies that there is need for an “appropriately trained, highly skilled and environmentally aware workforce” to respond to the challenges of sustainable development. Skill and knowledge are being sought on matters such as environmental planning and legislation, waste management and organization, environmental impact assessment and auditing, etc. A course in environmental management, which provides a curriculum that allows students to gain a fuller understanding of a variety of environmental policy and planning issues, as well as a range of practical skills, is undoubtedly what is required.
This course covers key issues and concepts formed around sustainability and management, planning and
practice. It is designed to meet the need for environmental managers in a range of organizations, industry
and consultancies. Environmental Managers are foremost in tackling problems such as climate change,
pollution, water provisions, waste disposal, as well as the degradation of soil, aquatic resources and
wildlife habitats. It is relevant to those who are concern with the management of resources and making and
implementation of policies that have an environmental impact.
The module offered on the programme allow students to develop skill in the collection, processing and analysis of environmental data, the use of data in the development and evaluation of policy, and a sound practical training in techniques of environmental management.
Objectives of the Programme
This programme leads to the following learning outcomes for students:
- An understanding of the scientific principles that underpin environmental management;
- An understanding of the economic, social, political and legal framework for environmental management;
- A sound training in relevant practical, investigative research and generic skills on how natural resources and the environment are appraised, allocated, used, protected, restored, monitored and evaluated.
The Master’s Degree Programme consists of course work and research project. Courses normally involve lecture, laboratory work, seminar/workshop and field work pursued on full-time basis. However, candidates may choose to revert to part-time status after the completion of required course work, but not earlier than 24 calendar months after registration, and in conformation with relevant postgraduate school regulation. After registration, every full-time candidate for the Master degree shall pursue the programme for not less than twenty four (24) calendar months.
To get into the course, a candidate needs
i. a minimum of second class lower honors degree, normally in science or Engineering disruptive.
i. The programme consists of lecture courses, and a written original thesis.
ii. Workshops and practical (field and laboratory based) sessions and field trip are tied to the appropriate individual courses and provide a vital forum for acquisition of relevant skills.
iii. Students may be required to take special or remedial postgraduate or undergraduate courses for which they may not get any postgraduate credit.
Evaluation and Award
All the course units in the programme, which shall be continuously assessed, shall be examined at specified times as determined by the Department. To be awarded M.Sc. degree in Environmental Management, student must:
i. accumulate no fewer than 36 credit units, of which 12 must have been awarded in respect of the thesis;
ii. scored minimum final mark of 50% across all classes of the taught component of the programme,
iii. Passed the original research Masters thesis submitted and which was subjected to external examination.
Note: Students are required to pass all course units and accumulate a minimum of 36 credit units