Masters in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences



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Ecology is a bio-science that studies the interaction between organisms, plants and the environment in which they live, both biotic and abiotic. It analyses the structure, function and productivity of the supra-individual bio-systems, the populations and the mixed systems, known as the ecosystems. It also deals with environment protection, animal and vegetal biodiversity, genetic diversity, agriculture, and water purification or climate-change concerns.

Ecologists are mostly engaged in research, they analyse acquired data and provide reports about environmental issues. Professionals typically specialise in one ecological area such as aquatic ecology, biodiversity and taxonomy, conservation biology among others.

Ecology is mainly a descriptive and experimental science and it utilises methods from other disciplines including math, statistics, physiology and geology. Study programmes blend lectures with field practice, data collection, and lab research. Students assimilate core principals of environmental systems and learn how to apply them to real-world management issues, particularly in the conservation field and in the assessment of human impact in the natural world.

Graduates specialising in ecology practice in governmental agencies, in the private sector or in non-profit organisations. As environmental awareness is globally growing, the offer of "green jobs" is also increasing. Careers prospects include zoologist, conservancy officer, molecular biologist, laboratory manager or environmental consultant.

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Suggested Masters in Ecology

M.Sc. Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production

The Master of Industrial Ecology offered by ITMO University in colaboration with Zittau/Goerlitz University of Applied Sciences (HSZG University) is focused on implementation of the principles of industrial ecology and cleaner production to prevent environmental pollution and provide for sustainable consumption of energy and other resources.

Master Ecohydrology (Erasmus Mundus)

The Ecohydrology programme offered by the University of Algarve aims to create specialists with a transdisciplinaryvision of global water issues, including ecosystem functioning, understanding of the pressures on aquaticecosystems under global changes and that are able to develop and to implement sustainable solutions forrestoration of aquatic ecosystems.

M.Sc. Environmental Geology and Contamination

As a consequence of industrial and mining activity, contaminants in the ground continue to be a major risk to public health and the future of the natural world. If you're keen to tackle this important issue, take your studies to postgraduate level, and learn specialist skills, our MSc Environmental Geology and Contamination degree course at University of Portsmouth is for you.

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Top Ranked Universities in Ecology on MastersPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017) Ecology
Oxford, United Kingdom 1
Montpellier, France 2
Brisbane, Australia 3
Berkeley, United States 4
Davis, United States 5
Vancouver, Canada 6
Wageningen, Netherlands 7
Townsville, Australia 8
Cambridge, United Kingdom 9
Uppsala, Sweden 10
Gainesville, United States 11
Helsinki, Finland 12
Ithaca, United States 13
London, United Kingdom 14
Copenhagen, Denmark 15
Minneapolis, United States 16
Seattle, United States 17
Exeter, United Kingdom 18
Madison, United States 19
Durham, United States 20
Zürich, Switzerland 21
Melbourne, Australia 22
Perth, Australia 22
Canberra, Australia 24
Corvallis, United States 25
Paris, France 26
Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland 27
Cambridge, United States 28
Stanford, United States 29
Aarhus, Denmark 30
Fort Collins, United States 30
Sheffield, United Kingdom 30
Boulder, United States 33
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 34
Göttingen, Germany 35
New Haven, United States 36
East Lansing, United States 37
Lund, Sweden 38
Santa Barbara, United States 40
Toronto, Canada 40
Missoula, United States 42
Leeds, United Kingdom 43
Athens, United States 45
Sydney, Australia 45
Stockholm, Sweden 47
Santa Cruz, United States 48
Montréal, Canada 49
Uppsala, Sweden 50
Bangor, United Kingdom 101
Boston, United States 101
Prague, Czech Republic 101
Lyon, France 101
Halifax, Canada 101
Burwood, Australia 101
Southport, Australia 101
Leuven, Belgium 101
Lancaster, United Kingdom 101
Bozeman, United States 101
Flagstaff, United States 101
Ås, Norway 101
Beijing, China 101
Plymouth, United Kingdom 101
Burnaby, Canada 101
Stony Brook, United States 101
München, Germany 101
College Station, United States 101
Columbus, United States 101
Auckland, New Zealand 101
Glasgow, United Kingdom 101
Manchester, United Kingdom 101
Reading, United Kingdom 101
Umeå, Sweden 101
Amsterdam, Netherlands 101
Basel, Switzerland 101
Riverside, United States 101
Storrs, United States 101
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 101
Freiburg, Germany 101
Göteborg, Sweden 101
Moscow, United States 101
Canterbury, United Kingdom 101
Lisbon, Portugal 101
Liverpool, United Kingdom 101
Amherst Center, United States 101
Chapel Hill, United States 101
Norman, United States 101
Orsay, France 101
Porto, Portugal 101
Southampton, United Kingdom 101
Tartu, Estonia 101
Turku, Finland 101
Burlington, United States 101
Versailles, France 101
Würzburg, Germany 101
Laramie, United States 101
Logan, United States 101
Utrecht, Netherlands 101
Marseille, France 151
Providence, United States 151
Durham, United Kingdom 151
University Park, United States 151
Sapporo, Japan 151
Mitte, Germany 151
Ames, United States 151
Kyoto, Japan 151
Lüneburg, Germany 151
Baton Rouge, United States 151
Singapore, Singapore 151
Trondheim, Norway 151
London, United Kingdom 151
Belfast, United Kingdom 151
Nijmegen, Netherlands 151
New Brunswick, United States 151
Roma, Italy 151
Swansea, United Kingdom 151
Copenhagen, Denmark 151
Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 151
Calgary, Canada 151
Albuquerque, United States 151
Dublin, Ireland 151
Antwerpen, Belgium 151
Bayreuth, Germany 151
Bergen, Norway 151
Evora, Portugal 151
Fribourg, Switzerland 151
Halle, Germany 151
Honolulu, United States 151
Jena, Germany 151
Jyväskylä, Finland 151
Lawrence, United States 151
Kiel, Germany 151
Durban, South Africa 151
Leipzig, Germany 151
Columbia, United States 151
München, Germany 151
Lincoln, United States 151
Durham, United States 151
Oulu, Finland 151
Potsdam, Germany 151
Pretoria, South Africa 151
Montréal, Canada 151
Budweis, Czech Republic 151
Stirling, United Kingdom 151
Tromsø, Norway 151
Salt Lake City, United States 151
Blacksburg, United States 151
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom 201
Auburn, United States 201
Alcobendas, Spain 201
Beijing, China 201
Bielefeld, Germany 201
Pasadena, United States 201
Cardiff, United Kingdom 201
Ottawa, Canada 201
Santiago, Chile 201
Darwin, Australia 201
Williamsburg, United States 201
Tartu, Estonia 201
Tallahassee, United States 201
Berlin Steglitz, Germany 201
Atlanta, United States 201
Kraków, Poland 201
Manhattan, United States 201
Karlsruhe, Germany 201
Madrid, Spain 201
Melbourne, Australia 201
Leiden, Netherlands 201
Christchurch, New Zealand 201
Brno, Czech Republic 201
Cambridge, United States 201
Palmerston North, New Zealand 201
Hamilton, Canada 201
Applecross, Australia 201
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 201
West Lafayette, United States 201
Kingston, Canada 201
Brisbane, Australia 201
London, United Kingdom 201
San Diego, United States 201
Lausanne, Switzerland 201
Syracuse, United States 201
Washington, D. C., United States 201
Jerusalem, Israel 201
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 201
Tokyo, Japan 201
Beijing, China 201
São Paulo, Brazil 201
Ponta Delgada, Portugal 201
Universidade Federal de Goiás Goianápolis, Brazil 201
Brussels, Belgium 201
Dublin, Ireland 201
Bath, United Kingdom 201
Bonn, Germany 201
Campinas, Brazil 201
Canberra, Australia 201
Christchurch, New Zealand 201
Ciudad Real, Spain 201
Coimbra, Portugal 201
Joensuu, Finland 201
Genève, Switzerland 201
Gießen, Germany 201
Granada, Spain 201
Hamburg, Germany 201
Innsbruck, Austria 201
Lexington, United States 201
Konstanz, Germany 201
Liège, Belgium 201
Orono, United States 201
Cambridge, United States 201
Boston, United States 201
South Miami, United States 201
Columbia, United States 201
Montréal, Canada 201
Vienna, Austria 201
Neuchâtel, Switzerland 201
Reno, United States 201
South Bend, United States 201
Nottingham, United Kingdom 201
Oldenburg, Germany 201
Ottawa, Canada 201
Padua, Italy 201
Philadelphia, United States 201
Rennes, France 201
Saskatoon, Canada 201
Sherbrooke, Canada 201
University, United States 201
Los Angeles, United States 201
Brighton, United Kingdom 201
Sydney, Australia 201
Palma de Mallorca, Spain 201
Johannesburg, South Africa 201
Tübingen, Germany 201
Enschede, Netherlands 201
Ulm, Germany 201
Vienna, Austria 201
Victoria, Canada 201
Charlottesville, United States 201
Windsor, Canada 201
Milwaukee, United States 201
Wollongong, Australia 201
Wellington, New Zealand 201
Winston-Salem, United States 201
Pullman, United States 201
Saint Louis, United States 201
Tempe Junction, United States 51
Sydney, Australia 51
Mexico City, Mexico 51
Princeton, United States 51
Grenoble, France 51
London, United Kingdom 51
Aberdeen, United Kingdom 51
Edmonton, Canada 51
Tucson, United States 51
Bern, Switzerland 51
Los Angeles, United States 51
San Diego, United States 51
Norwich, United Kingdom 51
Groningen, Netherlands 51
Guelph, Canada 51
Lausanne, Switzerland 51
College Park, United States 51
Ann Arbor, United States 51
Oslo, Norway 51
São Paulo, Brazil 51
Chambéry, France 51
St Andrews, United Kingdom 51
Sydney, Australia 51
Hobart, Australia 51
Vienna, Austria 51
Paris, France 76
Barcelona, Spain 76
New York City, United States 76
Gent, Belgium 76
Bloomington, United States 76
Ottawa, Canada 76
Melbourne, Australia 76
Raleigh, United States 76
Toulouse, France 76
University Park, United States 76
Stellenbosch, South Africa 76
Adelaide, Australia 76
Austin, United States 76
Fairbanks, United States 76
Barcelona, Spain 76
Bristol, United Kingdom 76
Irvine, United States 76
Cape Town, South Africa 76
Chicago, United States 76
Urbana, United States 76
Dunedin, New Zealand 76
Knoxville, United States 76
Sydney, Australia 76
York, United Kingdom 76
Amsterdam, Netherlands 76