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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. Students who enrol in the program will select one of the following two tracks.

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.

 

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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 also offers two tracks (Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology) and students who enrol in the program must select one of the two tracks. See section above for more information.

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, one year program. During the first two terms, students take courses. Students are also required to complete a reserach project which is assessed through a report and viva at the end of the program.

MSc/MPhil in Environmental Sciences

The MSc/MPhil is a 120 ECTS, 18-month program. During the first two terms, students take courses. Students are also required to complete an extensive research project which is assessed through a Master's thesis and a viva at the end of the program.

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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 National Meteorological and Hydrological 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 Meteorological and Hydrological Departments of Meteorology as prescribed by the WMO.

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

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Program Structure and Requirements

MSc Degree MSc / MPhil Degree

Term 1 /Fall Semester
1 Mandatory Course, 1 Track Mandatory Course, 1 Elective Course: 30 ECTS

Term 1 / Fall Semester
1 Mandatory Course, 1 Track Mandatory Course, 1 Elective Course: 30 ECTS

Term 2 / Spring Semester
1 Mandatory Course, 1 Track Mandatory Course, 1 Elective Course: 30 ECTS

Term 2 / Spring Semester
1 Mandatory Course, 1 Track Mandatory Course, 1 Elective Course: 30 ECTS

Term 3 / Summer Period
Research Project including submission of Research Project and Viva*

Term 3 / Summer Period
Thesis Research 

Term 4 / Fall Semester
Thesis Research 

Term 5 / Spring Semester
Thesis Research including submission of Master's Thesis and Viva*

*The Research Project or Thesis can start earlier following a discussion and the approval of the Supervisor.

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Program Courses


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 Atmospheric Modelling 10
ES 417 Hydrology and the Atmospheric- 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.

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Academic Calendar


TERM 1 (Fall Semester)
16 weeks: 14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam
October 7 - November 22, 2019 First Slot 
November 25 - November 29, 2019 Revision Week 
December 2, 2019 - January 31, 2020 Second Slot
December 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020 Winter Break
February 3 - February 7, 2020 Evaluation - Examination Period for Term 1
February 7, 2020 End of Term 1

 

TERM 2 (Spring Semester)
16 weeks: 14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam
February 10 - March 27, 2020 First Slot 
March 30 - April 3, 2020 Revision Week 
April 6 - June 5, 2020 Second Slot
April 17 -  May 1, 2020 Spring Break
June 8 - June 12, 2020 Evaluation - Examination Period for Term 2
June 12, 2020 End of Term 2 

 

TERM 3 
16 weeks: 14 weeks research project, 1 week perparation for viva, 1 week viva
June 15, 2020 Beginning of Term 3
August 10 - August 14, 2020 Summer Break
September 28 - October 2, 2020 Viva Preparation Week
October 5 - October 9, 2020 Viva
October 9, 2020 End of Term 3

The Academic Calendar is subject to change.
The Cyprus Institute reserves the right to not offer the program or any of the suggested courses.

TERM 1 (Fall Semester)
16 weeks: 14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam  
October 7 - November 22, 2019 First Slot 
November 25 - November 29, 2019 Revision Week 
December 2, 2019 - January 31, 2020 Second Slot 
December 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020 Winter Break
February 3 - February 7, 2020 Evaluation - Examination Period for Term 1
February 7, 2020 End of Term 1 

 

TERM 2 (Spring Semester)
16 weeks: 14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam 
February 10 - March 27, 2020 First Slot 
March 30 - April 3, 2020 Revision Week 
April 6 - June 5, 2020 Second Slot 
April 17 - May 1, 2020 Spring Break
June 8 - June 12, 2020 Evaluation - Examination Period for Term 2
June 12, 2020 End of Term 2 

 

TERM 3
15 weeks research project
June 15, 2020 Beginning of Term 3
August 10 - August 14, 2020 Summer Break
October 2, 2020 End of Term 3

 

TERM 4 (Fall Semster)
16 Weeks research project
October 5, 2020 Beginning of Term 4 
December 24, 2020 - January 8, 2021 Winter Break
February 5, 2021 End of Term 4 

 

TERM 5 (Spring Semester) 
 9 Weeks: 7 weeks research project, 1 week viva preparation, 1 week viva
 February 8, 2021  Beginning of Term 5 
 March 29 - April 2, 2021  Viva Preparation Week
 April 5 - April 9, 2021  Viva
April 9, 2021  End of Term 5 

The Academic Calendar is subject to change.
The Cyprus Institute reserves the right to not offer the program or any of the suggested courses.

 

 

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