Master in Environment: Dynamics of Territories and Societies

•    Programme duration: 2 years
•    Delivery language: English
•    Degree awarded: Master in Environment: Dynamics of Territories and Societies
•    Accreditation: The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Sorbonne University. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.
•    Admission deadline: 26 August 2023
•    Interview dates: 9 January 2023 | 6 February 2023 | 6 March 2023 | 24 April 2023 | 8 May 2023 | 5 June 2023 | 26 June 2023 | 5 July 2023 | 28 August 2023

The Master in Environment: Dynamics of Territories and Societies prepares students for careers in the environmental and planning fields by examining spatial relationships and learning about the processes and technologies that regulate observed patterns. Students focus on the synergy between humans and the natural environment by using various techniques and tools to characterise geographic and environmental patterns, helping to protect places of historic, scientific and cultural significance.

This programme offers a specialised and multidisciplinary education on the management of environments, complemented by practical and applied courses. The curriculum has been formulated to create a next generation who is passionate about national and global environmental initiatives, policies and technologies that align with the future growth and prosperity of Abu Dhabi.

Students will learn how to process and interpret data based on location and spatial factors and devise solutions using Geographic Information System (GIS) approaches and tools. During their first year, students will study a range of specialised modules including ecology, biodiversity, dynamics of human-nature relationships, geohistory, geoprocessing, and environmental and natural heritage law, just to name a few. In the second year, students will focus on natural and technological risk management, development and management of environmental heritage, advanced GIS tools, and the planning of complex ecosystems, amongst others.

There are abundant rewarding career opportunities on a regional and global scale for graduates of the Environment: Dynamics of Territories and Societies Master programme. Career prospects vary from positions in government agencies related to urban management, natural resources management, planification and monitoring policies, NGOs, community development and urban affairs, semi-public organisations, private and/or cooperative companies and research departments in the environment, town and country planning and food processing sectors.

Typical delivery format of the courses*
M1 and M2

Day Morning Evening
Monday 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday 4:30pm – 6:00pm (language)
Sunday 9:30am – 6:30pm

*This is the usual pattern of the courses, changes may sometimes occur.

Year 1

Semester 1

Modules Courses
Interdisciplinary skills
  • Geographical application in environment
  • GIS and environmental geodatabase
  • Statistics
Interdisciplinary knowledges
  • Environmental issues
  • Language
Programme EDTS
  • Watershed management
  • Environmental transition
  • Social adaptation to climate change
  • Ecology and biodiversity
  • Field survey 1
Elective course
  • Geoarchaeology

Semester 2

Modules Courses
Interdisciplinary skills
  • Professionnal project
  • Report preparation
Interdisciplinary knowledges
  • Natural and technological risk management
  • Language
Programme EDTS
  • Quaternary palaeoenvironment
  • Geomorphological crisis
  • Water and soil resources
  • Geoheritage and geodiversity
  • Global climate change: challenges and impacts
  • Internship

Year 2

Semester 1

Modules Courses
Interdisciplinary skills
  • Energy transition: strategies and policies
  • Advanced GIS
  • Language
Programme EDTS
  • Coastal risk management
  • Environmental governance
  • Interdisciplinary environmental projects
  • Environmental engineering
  • Urban sustainability
  • Field survey 2
Elective course
  • Remote sensing and environmental geoprocessing

Semester 2

Modules Courses
  • Thesis
  • Bachelor in a relevant field with a CGPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent. Candidates with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 can be granted a conditional acceptance subject to a probation period of one semester
  • IELTS certificate with minimum overall band of 6.0 with a validity of 2 years or TOEFL certificate with minimum score of 79 (or equivalent) with a validity of 2 years or Minimum EmSAT English score of 1400 with a validity of 18 months or, Native English speaker who completed 3 full years in an English-medium institution within a maximum period of 3 years

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview to assess the candidate’s motivation, career expectations and relevant professional experience in the degree area.

Applicants who earned their undergraduate degrees from universities outside the UAE must present a Certificate of Equivalency for their graduation certificates from the UAE Ministry of Education. Applicants, who are holders of undergraduate degrees issued by a licensed higher education institution in the UAE, are required to submit a copy of their degrees attested by the UAE Ministry of Education. For details on requirements, kindly visit the Ministry’s website: Ministry of Education.

•    Programme tuition fees (over 2 years):
AED 177,900 (approximately US$ 48,478)
•    Payment of Fees:
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25% academic excellence scholarship

New joiners are eligible to 25% scholarship on tuition starting from the 1st semester. To be eligible, applicants are required to meet one of the below criteria:

  • Bachelor CGPA average of 3.6/4.0 and above, or equivalent
  • Bachelor with Final Average of 15/20 above
  • Bachelor with first class honors
  • Candidates graduating as the top of class, despite the average

A minimum average of 14/20 is required to maintain the scholarship for the following semesters.

For programmes taught in English: an English Proficiency level with a minimum of 7.0 for IELTS or 94 for TOELF IB

Preferential rates

20% Alumni preferential rate

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi alumni are eligible to a 20% waiver on tuition fee.

25% preferential rate upon enrolment on a second master’s degree

Applicants holding a master degree from SUAD and enrolling for a second master degree at SUAD are entitled to a 25% waiver on tuition.

5%-15% corporate rate

Companies and organizations benefit from a special discount, based on the number of employees enrolling in programmes. For more details, please contact +971(0) 2-6569311

10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programmes are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply