Course structure

The Master of Science specializing in Environmental Management contains both coursework and independent research over a minimum of two years. In order to graduate, students will have to complete all the requirements for each course.

Year 1

Semester 1

This semester course is comprised of two compulsory modules;  Research Methods, which introduces students to the process of scientific research and Introduction to Sustainability Science, which focuses on the historical progression of sustainable development as the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects.

Each module is  20-credit module and is made up of:

  • A contact session at the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (January).
  • Written assignments at intervals submitted online.
  • One exam written at one of several urban centres throughout Southern Africa (May-June).
Semester 2

During the second semester, students have to choose between two elective specialisation courses:

  1. Environmental Impact Assessment
  2. Environmental Management Systems

This 20-credit module is made up of:

  • A contact session at the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State.
  • Written assignments at intervals submitted online.
  • One exam written at one of several urban centres throughout Southern Africa (October).

Year 2

Semester 1 and 2

During the second year, students will have to complete a mini-dissertation on environmental management which presents independent research within the environmental sector.

This 120-credit module is made up of:

  • A one-week research workshop at the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (January).
  • A project proposal submitted online.
  • An oral progress report presented at the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (September).
  • A mini-dissertation submitted at the end of November for external evaluation.

FACULTY CONTACT

Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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