M.Sc. Environmental Science (Kathmandu University)
An interdisciplinary academic program, Environmental Science integrates biology, physics information sciences to the study and the solution of multiple environmental problems. It is a degree especially designed for those interested in a career in education, management and environment analysis & policy dealing with environmental issues and natural resource.
Kathmandu University is offering an extensive post-graduate program in environment science since 2000. The two years program termed as Master of Science in Environmental Science is designed to provide students with theoretical & practical knowledge in multiple fields of environment primarily Pollution Management and Natural Resource Management. Student of each branch is expected to complete fifty-four credit hours and seventeen courses along with a dissertation of twelve credits.
Upon completion of this program, graduates are ought to:
- Recognize, evaluate and research environmental issues.
- Evaluate, compare, implement and handle short & long term solution to diverse environmental issues.
- Critically identify environmental issues.
- Respond to international, national, regional, state and local requirements for environmental experts with advanced degree.
Admission is granted on the basis of applicants academic records, recommendations, statement of objectives, a scheme for the Master's thesis, entrance test & personal interview.
Though students are admitted once a year (August), the applicant can obtain the application forms whenever they want from KU's Account Section after paying Rs. 300. The interested student must submit the properly filled application form, proposal for the thesis, credentials along with Rs. 700 as an application-processing fee.
Course of Study
Scope and Career Prospects
As MSc. in Environmental Sciences degree holders have multiple career options; it is quite difficult to categorize them in one. Grads can work away from the home, traveling throughout the globe or could take desk job or field work. Those involved in environmental planning, policy or management generally serve for local government. An individual with this degree can work for government departments, industries and other public and private sectors.
Some of the most popular job option among the Master of Science Environment Science degree holders is listed below:
- Water quality scientist
- Waste management officer
- Recycling officer
- Nature conservation officer
- Environmental manager
- Environmental education officer
- Environmental consultant
Though above mention jobs are quite trendy within these degree holders, these are not the only field grads can make a career in. Additionally, they can serve as a transport planner, toxicologist, town planner, landscape architect and environmental health practitioner among others.