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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.

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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 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.

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Program Structure and Requirements


  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.

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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


FALL SEMESTER (TERM 1)
16 weeks (14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam)  
September 10, 2018
(2nd Monday September)
Beginning First Slot 
October 26, 2018 End First Slot 
October 29 - November 2, 2018 Revision Week 
November 5, 2018 Beginning Second Slot
December 21, 2018 End Second Slot 
December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019 Winter Break
January 7 - 11, 2019 Evaluation - Examination Period for First Term
January 11, 2019 End of First Term

 

SPRING SEMESTER (TERM 2)
16 weeks (14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam) 
January 14, 2019 Beginning First Slot 
March 1, 2019 End First Slot 
March 4 - 8, 2019 Revision Week 
March 11, 2019 Beginning Second Slot 
April 25, 2019 End Second Slot
April 26 - May 10, 2019 Spring Break
May 13 - 17, 2019 Evaluation - Examination Period for Second Term
May 17, 2019 End of Spring Semester

 

SUMMER TERM (TERM 3)
14 Weeks research project
May 20, 2019 Beginning of Summer Term
August 12 - 16, 2019 Summer Break
August 30, 2019 End of Summer Term

 

FALL SEMESTER (TERM 4) 
10 Weeks (8 weeks research project, 1 week preparation for viva, 1 week viva)  
 September 9, 2019 Beginning of Fall Semester (Term 4)
 November 4-8, 2019 Viva Preparation Week
 November 11-15, 2019 Viva
 November 15, 2019 End of Fall Semester (Term 4) 

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


FALL SEMESTER (TERM 1)
16 weeks (14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam)  
September 10, 2018
(2nd Monday)
Beginning First Slot 
October 26, 2018 End First Slot 
October 29 - November 2, 2018 Revision Week 
November 5, 2018 Beginning Second Slot 
December 21, 2018 End Second Slot 
December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019 Winter Break
January 7 - 11, 2019 Evaluation - Examination Period for First Term
January 11, 2019 End of Fall Semester (Term 1)

 

SPRING SEMESTER (TERM 2)
16 weeks (14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam) 
January 14, 2019 Beginning First Slot 
March 1, 2019 End First Slot 
March 4 - 8, 2019 Revision Week 
March 11, 2019 Beginning Second Slot 
April 25, 2019 End Second Slot
April 26 - May 10, 2019 Spring Break
May 13 - 17, 2019 Evaluation - Examination Period for Second Term
May 17, 2019 End of Spring Semester (Term 2)

 

SUMMER TERM (TERM 3)
14 Weeks research project
May 20, 2019 Beginning of Summer Term (Term 3)
August 12 - 16, 2019 Summer Break
August 30, 2019 End of Summer Term (Term 3)

 

FALL SEMESTER (TERM 4)
16 Weeks research project
September 9, 2019 Beginning of Fall Semester (Term 4)
December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020 Winter Break
January 10, 2020 End of Fall Semester (Term 4)

 

SPRING SEMESTER (TERM 5) 
 10 Weeks (8 Weeks research project, 1 week viva preparation, 1 week viva)
 January 13, 2020  Beginning of Spring Semester (Term 5)
 March 9-13, 2020  Viva Preparation Week
 March 16-20, 2020  Viva
 March 20, 2020  End of Spring Semester (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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