About the MSc in Environmental and Resource Management:
The MSc in Environmental and Resource Management (ERM) is a cross-disciplinary programme which is focused on issues that affect everyone: individuals, families, companies, the society in general and the solutions for the environmental challenges of tomorrow in particular. The programme combines theory and practice, giving you both a solid theoretical basis and a set of practical tools that are useful in working with the subjects in your future career. The programme is designed to provide knowledge in the field of technological/natural sciences and social sciences and ultimately combine these two disciplines.
You should choose this programme if you are interested in finding balances among environmental, economic and social interests.
Graduates on this programme attain a set of competencies, which allow them to work with a great number of different tasks in environmental management both in the public and the private sector, as well as in NGOs and stakeholder organisations.
Graduates will be able to design and conduct analysis of existing or future environmental strategies and policies within an organisation or at a societal level.
As a M.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Management your job opportunities will be many: for example working as an advisor for business leaders, who must consider environmental impacts of their decisions and develop competitive advantage.
Environmental leaders will benefit from the business skills in combination with natural science, technical and economic issues in their proposed solutions to environmental problems.
A good standard of English is required as the MSc in Environmental and Resource Management is an international program taught entirely in English.
A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, a TOEFL score of 575/230/88 or a minimum CAE score of C is required. If you as an EU/EEA citizen can document this level of English by way of secondary school diploma, you may be exempted from the English language test (minimum 210 full hours of English language classes at high school level is required). For German applicants it will often be sufficient to submit a copy of the upper secondary diploma.
The University of Southern Denmark has access to the IELTS Verification Service; therefore we accept the IELTS test results/score in copy. TOEFL is only accepted in original sent directly from the test centre or the educational testing service (ETS) before registration deadline.
The MSc in Environmental and Resource Management requires two years of full time study, which are divided into 8 quarters. A total of 60 ECTS correspond to one years workload.
While the study programme is managed by the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), half of the classes are delivered by the Aalborg University Esbjerg (AAUE). SDU is responsible for classes relating to social science, economy and management, while AAUE deals with project work and skill development re-lating to engineering, technology and natural science. Both universities supply supervisors for projects. Students have a supervisor from both universities for their dissertation project.
All compulsory courses are taking place within the first 4 quarters (the first year) accounting for 60 ECTS in total. The 5th and 6th quarter have a flexible content. You will be able to take combinations of elective courses, an internship or an exchange semester, accounting for 30 ECTS. Electives can be taken at the University of Southern Denmark or Aalborg University in Esbjerg, abroad or partly in the form of practical experience (students must prepare reports in order to get credit for this). The Master thesis (30 ECTS) is to be written during the 7th and 8th quarters.
The double degree Master of Science in Environmental and Resource Management required from SDU and Master of Science in Economics, Markets and Management, track Green Economy and Sustainability required from Università degli Studi di Ferrara (UNIFE) is a two year full time study. The first year is at SDU, Campus Esbjerg, whereas the second year accommodated at UNIFE, Ferrara, Italy.
The city of Esbjerg:
Esbjerg is a city of contrasts. It is young and dynamic with shipping, oil industry and great ambitions within the field of renewable energies. With more than 80,000 inhabitants, Esbjerg is the fifth largest city in Denmark and has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, bars, music, cafés and restaurants. The city of Esbjerg is located on the western coast of Jutland in the middle of a magnificent scenery with white, sandy beaches.
The municipality of Esbjerg has approximately 125,000 inhabitants and includes the smaller towns of Bramming and Ribe. Here you can once again observe the contrasts: Within half an hour you may go from the right-angled streets in the dynamic, only 140 years young city of Esbjerg to the quietness of the winding streets and alleys in the medieval 1300-year-old town of Ribe. The extremely popular island Fanø is also just a 12 minute ferry ride from Esbjerg, where one can enjoy wide sandy beaches, scenic bike routes, little villages and walks in the nature.
Moreover, the city can be characterized as an important educational city. Esbjerg has been growing as an educational city from year to year, with increasing amounts of study programmes, courses and students. However, the city is not too big for easily finding a relevant student job. Today, the city has more than 5,000 students, of which 1,300-1,400 have chosen to be educated at the University of Southern Denmark. Besides the Danish students, several of Esbjergs educational institutions have a number of students from abroad, who to a great extent contribute to an exciting, international study environment.
How to get to Esbjerg
Esbjerg is easily accessible. You may arrive by motorway, train or bus. Copenhagen and Hamburg are only approximately 3 hours travel away. The airport of Billund is only a 45 minutes drive from Esbjerg.
Student accommodation in Esbjerg
It is rather easy for students to find good and cheap housing. The Accommodation office of SDU has a large number of student accommodations for international students at its disposal. SDU guarantees to find accommodation for all international students.
If you are into sports you will find that almost all branches of sports are represented in Esbjerg. The city is leading in football, handball and ice hockey. Furthermore, there are several clubs and fitness studios, where you can practice your preferred form of sport, such as swimming, fitness or running.
In the music hall of Esbjerg Musikhuset Esbjerg it is possible to listen to music, to see plays in the theatre, or experience musicals and other shows. If you want a more 'informal' form of entertainment you can go to Tobakken, which is the music club for rhythmical music. All kinds of concerts are held here rock, pop and jazz. Also local, up-coming bands get a chance to perform here.
If you are looking for entertainment for little money Huset is a great place to go. It is a cultural centre for young people where you are always welcome to meet with fellow students over a cup of coffee and a board game.
Contact and Information:
If you have questions regarding admission and enrolment, please contact:
Secretary for international relations
Ellen M. Andersen
University of Southern Denmark
Niels Bohrs Vej 9
Phone: +45 6550 1103