MSc Environmental Science | KU

An interdisciplinary academic program, Environmental Science integrates biology, physics, and information sciences to study and find solutions for various environmental problems. MSc Environmental Science is a degree specifically designed for those interested in careers in education, management, environmental analysis, and policy related to environmental issues and natural resources.

Kathmandu University (KU) has been offering an extensive post-graduate program in Environmental Science since 2000. The two-year program, known as Master of Science in Environmental Science, aims to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge in multiple fields of the environment, primarily Pollution Management and Natural Resource Management. Students in each branch are expected to complete fifty-four credit hours and seventeen courses, along with a twelve-credit dissertation.

Objectives of MSc Environmental Science

Upon completion of MSc Environmental Science program, graduates are expected to:

  • Recognize, evaluate, and research environmental issues.
  • Evaluate, compare, implement, and manage short-term and long-term solutions to diverse environmental issues.
  • Critically identify environmental issues.
  • Respond to international, national, regional, state, and local requirements for environmental experts with an advanced level.

Admission Requirements in MSc Environmental Science

Admission is granted based on the applicant's academic records, recommendations, statement of objectives, a scheme for the Master's thesis, entrance test, and personal interview.

While students are admitted once a year (August), applicants can obtain application forms at any time. The application form can be obtained from Kathmandu University's account section by paying Rs. 300. Interested students must submit a properly filled application form, a thesis proposal, and credentials, along with Rs. 700 as an application processing fee.

Career and Scope

Graduates of MSc Environmental Science degree have multiple career options, making it difficult to categorize them into one field. They can work both domestically and internationally, either traveling globally or taking desk jobs or fieldwork. Those involved in environmental planning, policy, or handeling often work for local governments. Individuals with this degree can also find employment in government departments, industries, and other public and private sectors.

Job Prospects:

Some of the popular job options for graduates of this degree include:

  • Water quality scientist
  • Waste management officer
  • Recycling officer
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Environmental manager
  • Environmental education officer
  • Environmental consultant

While the above-mentioned jobs are popular among graduates, they are not the only career paths available. They can also work as transport planners, toxicologists, town planners, landscape architects, environmental health practitioners, and more.


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