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:10 August 2022
•    Interview dates:9 Jan 2022 – 6 Feb 2022 – 6 March 2022 – 24 April 2022 – 8 May 2022 – 22 May 2022 – 5 June 2022 – 26 June 2022 – 5 July 2022 – 28 August 2022

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

Monday4:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday4:30pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday4:30pm – 6:00pm
Sunday9:30am – 6:30pm

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

Year 1

Functioning and Dynamics of Environments 1
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Introduction to Environmental Anthropology
Functioning and Dynamics of Environments 2
  • Environmental Issue (Environmental transition, Natural Risks and Disasters and Technological Risks)
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Paleo Environment, Geohistory
Sciences of Space Analysis and Representation
  • Field Survey, Statistics
  • Map Design: Mapping using Satellite
  • Images
Language 1
  • Option of French, Arabic, Advanced English or Spanish*
    *Language options offered may vary year on year
Multidisciplinary Geoenvironmental Approach
  • Understanding an Environment
  • Environmental Law
  • Geomorphological Crisis
  • Water and Soil Resources
  • Geoheritage and Geodiversity
  • Global Climate Change: Challenges and Impacts
Project Diagnosis, Assessment and Execution
  • Project Diagnosis, Assessment and Project Management
  • Execution of a Specialisation Project in a Professional Situation (2 months)
  • Watershed Management
Processing and Analysis of Field Information
  • Creation and Management of Environmental Geodatabases
  • GIS and Environmental Geoprocessing
Language 2
  • Option of French, Arabic, Advanced English or Spanish* *Language options offered may vary year on year

Year 2

Territorial Diagnosis and Risk Management
  • Coastal Risk Management
  • Environmental Governance
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Projects
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Urban Sustainability
Operational Project Management
  • Project Organisation and Management Workshop
  • Practical Application (Planning of Complex Ecosystems)
Specialised Geomatics Workshop
  • Advanced GIS
  • Remote Sensing and Generation of Spatiotemporal Data for Environmental Studies
Language 3
  • Language
  • Internship
  • Thesis
Candidates must complete an online application and upload the following items:

  • A copy of the bachelor degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the programme
  • A copy of the high school diploma
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement (not exceeding one page)
  • For non-native English speakers a minimum EmSAT – English score of 1400 or TOEFL score of 550, 213 CBT, 79-80 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.0, valid for at least two years
  • Official academic transcripts, official test scores

Shortlisted candidates might be asked to attend an interview to assess the candidate’s motivations, career expectations and relevant professional experience in the degree area. International applicants are required to present an equivalency of their degree from the UAE Ministry of Education located in Abu Dhabi. For details on the requirements, visit the website: Ministry of Education

•    Programme tuition fees (over 2 years):
AED 177,900 (approximately US$ 48,478)
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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