UAB

Official Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability

Study guides

Master description

The master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability has 4 specialisations:
 
  • Related to the protection of the environment against the potentially harmful effects of human activity and to the improvement of environmental quality in order to achieve greater well-being.
  • Related to sustainable development of systems, optimising and minimising resource use and waste production.
  • Related to impacts of global change and particularly to climate change, and their mitigation.
  • Related to social, economic, biophysical, cultural and ethical issues that intervene in the management of human economies and their interactions with the natural world.
All students must take a compulsory module of 15 ECTS (Interdisciplinary Concepts on Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability). Contents are structured in five blocks: one block that is of interest for any field, namely that of communication and dissemination of science and new lines of research in environmental themes, taught through seminars, and four more blocks offering general content from each of the four areas that make up environmental studies, thus guaranteeing an interdisciplinary approach.
 
The remainder of the programme consists of compulsory and optional units by specialisation for 6 or 9 ECTS. These modules complete the specialised training in a specific subject area and a master's dissertation module of 15 ECTS. The master's degree is not taught entirely in English, but students who cannot follow the classes in Spanish have an offer of English-medium classes in three of the four specialisations, through the optional modules.

Study plan structure


Type Credits
Compulsory 15
Optional 30
Master Thesis 15
TOTAL 60

Specialisation in Environmental Technology

Module Credits Type
Interdisciplinary Concepts on Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability 15 OB
Master's Thesis 15 OB
Biological Treatment of Waste and Gases 6 OT*
Bioremediation and Degradation of Industrial Pollutants 6 OT*
Design and Operation of Industrial Treatment Plants 9 OT*
Cutting-edge Environmental Technologies 9 OT**
Intership in Public and Private Companies 9 OT**

* Specialization Compulsory
** Optional, you must take 9 credits


Specialisation in Industrial and Urban Ecology

Module Credits Type
Interdisciplinary Concepts on Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability 15 OB
Master's Thesis 15 OB
Industrial Ecology 9 OT*
Waste Management 6 OT*
Corporate Social Responsibility 6 OT**
Environmental Research Techniques 9 OT**
Geographical Information Systems 6 OT**
Intership in Public and Private Companies 9 OT**
Sustainable Mobility and Ecocities 9 OT**

* Specialization Compulsory
** Optional, you must take 15 credits


Specialisation in the Science and management of Global Change

Module Credits Type
Interdisciplinary Concepts on Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability 15 OB
Master's Thesis 15 OB
Analysis and Management of Natural Landscapes 6 OT*
Global Change 9 OT*
Biocultural Diversity 6 OT**
Climate Change 6 OT**
Environmental Research Techniques 9 OT**
Water, Energy and Land Management 9 OT**

* Specialization Compulsory
** Optional, you must take 15 credits


Specialisation in Ecological Economics

Module Credits Type
Interdisciplinary Concepts on Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability 15 OB
Master's Thesis 15 OB
Foundations of Ecological Economics 9 OT*
Qualitative Methods for Research in Social Sciences 6 OT*
Corporate Social Responsibility 6 OT**
Political Ecology 6 OT**
Sustainable Mobility and Ecocities 9 OT**
Water, Energy and Land Management 9 OT**

* Specialization Compulsory
** Optional, you must take 15 credits


OB: Compulsory
OT: Optional

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