Programme Title
Master of Science in Applied Environmental Science (General)
Course Code

AS7-O11-23
Programme Includes:(Apprenticeship/ Placement or Internship)

Taught Units Only (No Apprenticeship/No Placement/ No Internship)
MQF Level

Level 7
Type(refer to Appendix 1 for Parameters)

Qualification
Accreditation Status(Note: If the Type is Award or Qualification, therefore by default, the Accreditation Status should be Accredited)

Accredited via MCAST’s Self Accreditation Process (MCAST holds Self-Accrediting Status as per 1st schedule of Legal Notice 296/2012)
Mode of Delivery

Blended Learning
Duration (hours or years)

3 Semesters
Total Number of Credits

90 ECTS
Total Learning Hours (25 Total Learning Hours for each ECTS)

2250 Hours
Target Audience

19 to 65+
Target Group (the type of learners that the educational institution anticipates joining this programme)

Further and higher education learners (postgraduate students) and workers from the industry (with necessary entry requirements).
Programme Fees

(Applicable for Non-EU and Non-EEA Countries) – the fee mentioned here is indicative.  Please refer to www.mcast.edu.mt, as well as to MCAST’s MG2I International Section for any updated fees as well as terms of payments.
Date of Next Student Intake

2024-10-01
Language of Instruction

The official language of instruction at MCAST is English. All notes and textbooks are in English (except for language courses, which will be in the respective language being instructed). International candidates will be requested to meet English language certification requirements for access to the course.
Application Method

Applications to full-time courses are received online via the College Management Information System. Applicants can log-in using Maltese Electronic ID (eID) in order to access the MCAST Admissions Portal directly and create one’s own student account with the identity being verified electronically via this secure service.

Non-EID applicants need to request account creation though an online form after that they confirm that their local Identification Document does not come with an EID entitlement. . Once the identity is verified and the account is created on behalf of the applicant, one may proceed with the online application according to the same instructions applicable to all other applicants.

For more information about how to apply online for a course at MCAST, please visit: https://mcast.edu.mt/how-to-apply-online-2/

Information for Non-EU Citizens

Non-EU candidates require a study visa in order to travel to Malta and join the course applied for. For further information re study-visa please access https://www.identitymalta.com/unit/central-visa-unit/.
Address where the Programme will be Delivered

MCAST has four campuses as follows:

MCAST Main Campus
Triq Kordin,
Paola, Malta

All courses except for courses delivered by the Institute for the Creative Arts, the Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences and the Gozo Campus are offered at the Main Campus address (above).

Courses delivered by the Institute for the Creative Arts, the Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences, or the Gozo Campus, are offered in one of the following addresses as applicable:

Institute for the Creative Arts
Mosta Campus
Misraħ Għonoq Tarġa Gap,
Mosta

Institute of Applied Sciences
Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences,
Luqa Road, Qormi

Gozo Campus
J.F. De Chambray Street
MCAST, Għajnsielem
Gozo

In the case of courses delivered via Online Learning, students will be following the programme from their preferred location/address.

Programmes delivered via Blended Learning, and which therefore contain both an online and a face to face component shall be delivered as follows:

Face to Face components – as per above address instructions
Online components – from the student’s preferred address.

Course Description/Deskrizzjoni tal-Kors

English

The Master of Science in Applied Environmental Science takes an interdisciplinary approach into the investigation of processes that control the earth and its environment. The programme will deliver all necessary knowledge and skills to seize opportunities presented by new developments in areas such as global cycles, biogeochemistry, sustainable technologies, waste and water treatment, environmental pollution assessment and remediation, and natural hazard. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of environmental issues, with topics related to the analysis, understanding and management of human-environmental systems by exploring the basics of system analysis and ecosystem theory. By understanding human-environmental interactions through land-use conflicts between agriculture, environmental protection, urban expansion, water management, tourism etc., students will be able to link advanced methods of system analysis and ecological modelling with modern methods of natural resource management. Issues associated with the relationship between material/energy resources, the environment and sustainable development will be a recurring theme in this programme.


Malti

Il-Master of Science fix-Xjenza Ambjentali Applikata juża metodu interdixxiplinarju fl-investigazzjoni tal-proċessi li jikkontrollaw id-dinja u l-ambjent tagħha. Il-programm se jagħti l-għarfien u l-ħiliet kollha meħtieġa biex l-istudenti jaħtfu l-opportunitajiet ippreżentati minn żviluppi ġodda f’oqsma bħaċ-ċikli globali, il-bijoġeokimika, it-teknoloġiji sostenibbli, it-trattament tal-iskart u tal-ilma, il-valutazzjoni u r-rimedju tat-tniġġis ambjentali, u l-periklu naturali. L-istudenti se jkunu esposti għal varjetà wiesgħa ta’ kwistjonijiet ambjentali, b’suġġetti relatati mal-analiżi, u l-immaniġġjar tas-sistemi umani-ambjentali billi jesploraw il-bażi tal-analiżi tas-sistema u t-teorija tal-ekosistema. Billi jifhmu l-interazzjonijiet bejn il-bniedem u l-ambjent permezz ta’ kunflitti bejn l-użu tal-art u l-agrikoltura u l-protezzjoni ambjentali, l-espansjoni urbana, l-immaniġġjar tal-ilma, it-turiżmu eċċ., l-istudenti jkunu jistgħu jgħaqqdu metodi avvanzati ta’ analiżi tas-sistema u mudellar ekoloġiku ma ‘metodi moderni ta’ ġestjoni tar-riżorsi naturali. Kwistjonijiet assoċjati mar-relazzjoni bejn ir-riżorsi materjali/enerġija, l-ambjent u l-iżvilupp sostenibbli se jkunu tema rikorrenti f’dan il-programm.
Career Opportunities

Entry requirements(Refer to Programme Specification)

First degree (Level 6) in Engineering; Environment; Physics; Geography; Biology; Chemistry or any related field
or
Relevant degree (Level 5) qualification and adequate professional experience are also considered
Programme Learning Outcomes (Refer to Programme Specification)

At the end of the programme the students are able to;
1.Demonstrate a strong applied background in natural resource environment, environmental quality, and analysis.
2.Be familiar with computational tools for spatial analysis together with data management, statistics and modelling which have become essential tools in the environmental field.
3.Identify how research methods can help practitioners innovate and inform policy decisions.
4.Evaluate the local, regional and global scale of environmental problems.
5.Evaluate the performance of environmental technologies and incorporate innovative solutions to solve challenges related to the natural and urban environment.
6.Design and carry out research using appropriate data collection strategies and analyses methods to develop solutions to environmental problems and sustainability challenges.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Procedures

The programmes offered are vocational in nature and entail both theoretical lectures delivered in classes as well as practical elements that are delivered in laboratories, workshops, salons, simulators as the module requirements dictate.

Each module or unit entails a number of in person and/or online contact learning hours that are delivered by the lecturer or tutor directly (See also section ‘Total Learning Hours).

Access to all resources is provided to all registered students. These include study resources in paper or electronic format through the Library and Resource Centre as well as tools, software, equipment and machinery that are provided by the respective institutes depending on the requirements of the course or module.

Students may however be required to provide consumable material for use during practical sessions and projects unless these are explicitly provided by the College.

All Units of study are assessed throughout the academic year through continuous assessment using a variety of assessment tools. Coursework tasks are exclusively based on the Learning Outcomes and Grading Criteria as prescribed in the course specification. The Learning Outcomes and Grading Criteria are communicated to the Student via the coursework documentation.

The method of assessment shall reflect the Level, credit points (ECTS) and the schedule of time-tabled/non-timetabled hours of learning of each study unit. A variety of assessment instruments, not solely Time Constrained Assignments/Exams, are used to gather and interpret evidence of Student competence toward pre-established grading criteria that are aligned to the learning outcomes of each unit of the programme of study.

Grading criteria are assessed through a number of tasks, each task being assigned a number of marks. The number of grading criteria is included in the respective Programme Specification.
The distribution of marks and assessment mode depends on the nature and objectives of the unit in question.

Coursework shall normally be completed during the semester in which the Unit is delivered.

Time-constrained assignments may be held between 8 am and 8 pm during the delivery period of a Unit, or at the end of the semester in which the Unit is completed. The dates are notified and published on the Institute notice boards or through other means of communication.

Certain circumstances (such as but not limited to the Covid 19 pandemic) may lead Institutes and Centres to hold teaching and assessment remotely (online) as per MCAST QA Policy and Standard for Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Doc 020) available via link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/

The Programme Regulations pertaining to this Programme’s MQF/EQF level available at: link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/, apply.

Grading System

All MCAST programmes adopt a Learner-centred approach through the focus on Learning Outcomes. The assessment of MCAST programmes is criterion-referenced and thus assessors are required to assess learners’ evidence against a pre-determined set of Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.

For a student to be deemed to have successfully passed a unit, a minimum of 50% (grade D) must be achieved.

All full time units are individually graded as follows:
A* (90-100)
A (80-89)
B (70-79)
C (60-69)
D (50-59)
Unsatisfactory work is graded as ‘U’.

Work-based learning units are graded on a Pass/Fail basis only.

Detailed information regarding the grading system may be found in the Programme Regulations pertaining to this programme’sMQF/EQF Level available at: link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/

Contact details for Further Learning Opportunities

MCAST Career Guidance
Tel: 2398 7135/6
Email: career.guidance@mcast.edu.mt
Regulatory Body/ Competent Authority Contact Details (where applicable – in the case of a programme leading to Regulated Profession)

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Last updated: 2024-07-13