Introduction

The postgraduate programme provides opportunities for graduates with backgrounds in physical, engineering and environmental disciplines to enhance their knowledge of the physical phenomena relating to the environmental systems. Degrees offered are M.AgSE and PhD. AgSE in Environmental Systems and Climate Change. The programme is designed to provoke a multidisciplinary approach in tackling the complex issues of the environment and to train a new breed of scientists capable of effectively managing environmental issues, and mitigating the risks posed by the climate change to the environment. The training involves theoretical, practical, computational and internship components that will be needed to address emerging environmental challenges. A PhD programme in Environmental Systems and Climate change shall be by a combination of taught courses, seminars, supervised teaching and research. Every PhD student is expected to take and obtain satisfactory performances in all compulsory courses (except if there is evidence of having previously undertaken some courses in which case they shall be
exempted) in addition to Seminars and Internship:

Philosophy

The philosophy of the programme is to foster multidisciplinary research on the issues of environmental sustainability with a view to improving agricultural development under different climate change scenarios. Degrees offered are M.AgSE and PhD.AgSE in Environmental Systems and Climate Change with options in Hydrology and Climate Change, Environmental Geophysics, Remote Sensing and Climate Change, and Environmental Safety.

Objectives

Deriving from the foregoing philosophy the major objectives of this programme are as follows:

  • To train graduates who would be sufciently knowledgeable in different applications of the environmental systems.
  • To produce graduates who are practically and theoretically adept in environmental aspects that meet the needs of agro-industries.
  • To produce skilled and competent graduates who will effectively manage and critically assess information and issues relating to environmental safety.
  • To produce skilled professionals capable of developing environmental early warning systems and prediction for sustainable agriculture and national development.
  • To develop a crop of well-equipped manpower that will strive to sustain the environment even in the face of the risks posed by the issues of climate change.

 

List of Programme-Specific Courses and Units

M.Sc. General Courses

 

First Semester

Course Code Course Title Units
ACE 801 Climate and Agriculture 2
GED 803 Short French Language Course 2
ACE 893 Internship 1 2
ACE 895 Seminar 1 1
ACE 899 Dissertation 6
Total Units 13

Second Semester

Course Code Course Title Units
ACE 802 Information Systems and Agricultural Knowledge Management 3
ACE 804 International Trade and Commercial Policy 3
ACE 894 Internship 2 2
ACE 896 Seminar 2 2

M.Sc. Specific Courses

 

First Semester

Course Code Course Title Units
ESC 801 Mathematical Methods and numerical applications 3
ESC 803 Fluid Mechanics 2
ESC 805 Hydrological Measurements and Analysis 3
ESC 807 Environmental Simulation Modeling 3
ESC 809 Climate Change Processes, History and Contemporary Issues 2
ESC 811 Remote Sensing, GIS and Land Management 3
ESC 813 Waste Water Management and Pollution Control 3
Total Units 19

Second Semester

Course Code Course Title Units
ESC 802 Environmental Economics 1
ESC 804 Environmental Safety and Protection 2
ESC 806 Soil Processes Assessment and Management 2
ESC 808 Climate Change Impacts, Ecosystem Management and
Sustainability
2
ESC 810 Environmental Impact Assessment and Safeguard Policies 2
Total Units 9

Ph.D. General Courses

 

First Semester

Course Code Course Title Units
ACE 801 Climate and Agriculture 2
GES 803 Short French Language Course 2
ACE 993 Internship 1 2
ACE 995 Seminar 1 1
ACE 999 Thesis 10
Total Units 17

Second Semester

Course Code Course Title Units
ACE 802 Information Systems and Agricultural Knowledge Management 3
ACE 804 International Trade and Commercial Policy 3
ACE 994 Internship 2 2
ACE 996 Seminar 2 2
ACE 998 Seminar 3 2
Total Units 11

Summary of Course Requirements

M.AgSE Programme

For the Masters programme (M.AgSE), the option has a total of 45 units courses including Centre courses (10 units), Internships I and II (4 units), seminars I and II (2 units) and Dissertation (6 units). In the first semester, programme specific courses include four core courses and three electives (ESC 807, ESC 811, ESC 813) out of which students must register for two. In the second semester, programme specific courses include two core courses and three electives(ESC 804, ESC 806, ESC 810) out of which students must register for two. Total unit courses
for masters is 23

PhD.AgSE Programme

For the PhD programme, students will undertake Centre courses of (10 units), Internship I and II (4 units), Seminars I, II and III (4 units) and Thesis (10 units). Students would be expected to audit any relevant programme specic course that will be prescribed by the Programme leader.

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