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Master's in Environmental Sciences

Program Overview

Our environment is being challenged in numerous ways including pollution, global warming, overpopulation, natural resource and ozone depletion. The Environmental Sciences program involves two specialization tracks, each dealing with important aspects of the field and aiming to shed light on and address the aforementioned challenges.

The Atmospheric Sciences Track addresses the basic physical processes involved in maintaining the global circulation of the atmosphere and the surface climate; weather and climate models to understand the governing physical principles and their use for climate and weather prediction purposes; the principles of atmospheric chemistry and biology; the factors controlling air quality and the techniques used for air pollution control; the major air pollution sources and methods for measurement, data collection and analysis of atmospheric samples.

The Meteorology Track addresses subjects in Meteorology and Climatology with the aim to equip students with the weather and climate knowledge and skills necessary in weather forecasting, agrometeorology, hydrometeorology, biometeorology, aviation meteorology, renewable energy resources, marine meteorology, climate change and its impacts assessment etc. Moreover, students complete a Basic Instruction Package as required by the World Meteorological Organization, including Physical Meteorology, Dynamic Meteorology, Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology and Climatology.


Degree Options

The program offers two degree options: an MSc and an MSc/MPhil. The MSc caters to students interested in pursuing a more professional focus, while the MSc/MPhil is intended for students that want to pursue a research career thus offering a more enhanced research component. The program is accredited by The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education. The language of instruction and communication of The Cyprus Institute is English.

MSc in Environmental Sciences

The MSc is a 90 ECTS, 14-month program organized in three terms. During the first two terms, students take courses. During the third and final term, students work on a research project which is assessed through a report and a viva.

MSc/MPhil in Environmental Sciences

The MSc/MPhil is a 120 ECTS, 18-month program organized in four terms. During the first two terms, students take courses. During the third and fourth terms, students work on an extensive research project which is assessed through a Master's thesis and a viva.


Career Prospects

Atmospheric Sciences Track graduates will be equipped to pursue careers in:

  • Environmental Consultant Agencies
  • Environmental Monitoring divisions of public and private institutions
  • Research Institutions and Universities

Meteorology Track graduates may pursue a professional career in:

  • National Meteorological Services*
  • Meteorological consulting, software or instrumentation companies
  • Media
  • Private Forecasting companies
  • Research Institutions and Universities

*The WMO (World Meteorological Organization) has recently upgraded the qualification requirements for professionals working in the Meteorological Services of its member countries. Professional staff are encouraged to undergo an officially recognized level course of Meteorology that will include a Basic Instruction Package as is determined by the WMO. The Meteorology Track syllabus covers all topics required for professionals employed in national departments of meteorology as prescribed by the WMO.

Qualified students may continue on to a PhD, which offers generous financial support options.


Program Structure & Requirements

Program Structure

  MSc MSc / MPhil
Courses 60 ECTS 60 ECTS
Research project 30 ECTS 60 ECTS
Total 90 ECTS 120 ECTS
Regardless of degree option, during each of the first two terms students must take 1 Mandatory, 1 Track Mandatory and 1 Elective Course.


Mandatory Courses  ECTS
ES 401 Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology 10
ES 402 Climatology 10
Track Mandatory Courses
ES 406 Atmospheric Chemistry and Biology (AST) 10
ES 407 Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AST) 10
ES 408 Dynamic Meteorology (MT) 10
ES 409 Synoptic Meteorology (MT) 10
Elective Courses
ES 416 Hydrology and the Atmosphere-Water Cycle 10
ES 418 Aerosol Physics and Chemistry 10
ES 419 Climate Change: Concepts and Perspectives 10
AST: Atmospheric Sciences Track, MT: Meteorology Track
Track option selection is defined by the selection of track mandatory courses at the beginning of the program.

Students who continue on to a PhD at The Cyprus Institute may have certain courses, and possibly research requirements waived, resulting in a shorter PhD program.
The Cyprus Institute Graduate School reserves the right to make any changes to the program.


Program Team

Our program team consists of an international group of world renowned scholars and researchers. Several of our instructors are prominent scientists from the Cyprus Department of Meteorology. 


Prof Euripides Stephanou


Prof Johannes Lelieveld
Prof Silas Michaelides
Prof Nikolaos Mihalopoulos
Prof Jean Sciare
Prof Mihalis Vrekoussis
Assoc Prof George Biskos
Assoc Prof Adriana Bruggeman
Assoc Prof Panos Hadjinicolaou
Asst Prof Theodoros Christoudias
Dr Demetris Charalambous
Dr Filippos Tymvios

Assistant Instructors

Dr Jonilda Kushta
Dr George Zittis


Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited academic institution, with a strong background in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (at least 6.5 IELTS or 79 iBT TOEFL). If applicant’s native language is English or if the applicant graduated from a university where English was the language of instruction, then this requirement may be waived.

Application Procedure

Students must apply using our online application system. Prospective applicants should read the section below, which outlines exactly which documents will be required before filling out the online application.

Documents To Be Uploaded With Online Application

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Academic Degrees and Official Transcripts
Students will have to upload their undergraduate degree (scan of actual degree diploma) and a copy of their official transcript. Students should also upload a copy of the degree and transcripts of any additional degrees earned. 
Students who have not yet graduated at the time of application, but will have graduated before the start of the program for which they are applying, may submit their transcript to date. If they are accepted into the program, then they will be required to provide to The Cyprus Institute Graduate School their official final transcript and copy of their degree as soon as they are issued. Degrees must be from accredited institutions/programs.

3. English Language Certificates
Applicants must demonstrate proof of English language proficiency (at least 6.5 IELTS or 79 iBT TOEFL). If applicant’s native language is English or if the applicant graduated from a university where English was the language of instruction, then this requirement may be waived.

4. Other Certificates
Applicants may upload up to 4 additional certificates that they feel are relevant in the Other Certificates section of the application (e.g. score reports of standardized tests such as the GRE, awards, prizes, certificates etc.)

5. Statement of Intent
Your statement of intent should be 500-1000 words. The statement should convince the faculty on the selection committee that you have solid achievements that demonstrate potential for success in graduate study. Ideally, it should address the following:

1) Introduction: Introduce yourself, your interests and your motivations. This section should be brief and to the point (not an autobiography).

2) Summarize your undergraduate, and if applicable graduate career.

a) Research conducted. Mention with whom, title of project, what you responsibilities were, and the outcome. Write technically, since professors will read your statement.
b) Significant papers or thesis project you completed, as well as anything scholarly beyond your curricular requirements.
c) Work experience, especially responsibilities related to your proposed field of graduate study to which you are applying.

3) Discuss relevance of your recent and current activities: If you graduated prior to applying to graduate school, write about what you have been doing and what you learned during this time. Explain how this experience helped you to focus on what you want to do during your graduate studies.

4) Elaborate on your academic interests: Indicate what you want to study in graduate school in enough detail to convince the faculty reviewing the application that you understand the scope of research in their discipline, and are engaged in current research themes.

a) Indicate your area of interests. You may pose a question, define a problem, or specify a theme that you would like to address, and questions that arise from current research in the area. This should be addressed clearly and thoroughly.
b) Look on the web at professors and their research. Look specifically for professors whose research interests are aligned with yours and indicate it.
c) End the statement in a positive manner, demonstrating your excitement and readiness for the challenges ahead.

6. References
Applicants will be asked to provide the names of at least two references (professors, supervisors, employers, or others able to comment on your academic performance and suitability for graduate studies. Recommendations should specifically address your ability to succeed in your proposed academic program and discuss any experience that may have prepared you to succeed in the program. Your recommenders will be required to fill out an online recommendation form which will be automatically requested by entering their contact details on the application form. You will need to enter their full name, title, institution and email address.


Application Deadline

The application deadline is March 1. Late applications will be considered based on availability until June 1.



Go to the online application form


Tuition, Fees & Financial Support

Tuition & Fees

  MSc  MSc / MPhil
Tuition €5400 €7200
Application fee €50 €50
Registration fee €200 €200
Health Insurance fee €175 per year €175 per year
Tuition amount listed is for entire program and is equivalent to €60 per ECTS.
Application and registration fees are one-time and non-refundable.

* Students from non-European Union countries are required to have health insurance. Please note that this amount is subject to change; students must contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to verify it.

Financial Support

The Cyprus Institute will offer three Dean’s Distinguished Scholarships in 2018-2019. For more information, see our Dean’s Distinguished Scholarships section on our website.


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