The University Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (UCBS) at the University of Warsaw launches a master’s course on Sustainable Development.
Sustainable Development Studies (SD) are organized as part of the „Program of integrated activities for the development of the University of Warsaw”, co-financed from the European Social Fund, under the operational program Knowledge Education Development (PO WER).
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development (SD)
The guiding idea of education in the field of Sustainable Development (hereinafter: SD) is interdisciplinary. This reflects the organization of the educational process based on a harmonious involvement under the chairmanship and involvement of the University Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (UCBS) of eight units of the University of Warsaw. The following faculties of the University of Warsaw take part in the preparation of the new faculty of study: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Regional Studies, Geology, Economic Sciences, Law and Administration, and a supporting unit – the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw. The SD studies will be conducted at the second level of education. SD studies offer integrated knowledge, its broad but in-depth understanding in various areas of science. Knowledge, skills and social competences passed during the studies support the shaping of an individual view of the world, building an open and critical attitude to the changing reality.
The main objective of SD education is to provide students with the knowledge, tools and skills they need in their professional future, preparing them for effective work with stakeholders of all types and types (government institutions, local governments, institutions and organizations, associations, foundations, companies, citizens) responsible for implementing processes for sustainable development.
In addition, during the didactic process, students have the opportunity to acquire many competences and practical skills to help them start and function in a rapidly changing world.
Sample subjects (form and thematic scope)
Subjects in the field of SD were collected in modules, assigned to individual semesters during two-year studies (4 semesters). Subjects introduced in the first semester introduce issues of sustainable development from the environmental, economic and socio-legal perspective. In the second semester, students become acquainted with the planning and management processes as well as the use of raw materials and economic analysis in the implementation of sustainable development goals, both in cities and in rural areas. Students have the opportunity to choose classes according to their interests. Semester III offers an overview of the best practices and tools currently used to support sustainable development processes. Most of the classes this semester have the character of practical projects with the participation of practitioners and experts from outside the University of Warsaw. Semester IV is devoted to writing a master’s thesis and this is also done by a research field study in organizations and institutions selected in accordance with the subject of the work being carried out. Forms of implementation of education modules used for SD are: lectures, auditory exercises, laboratory exercises, seminars, workshops and practicum, as well as – determining the specificity of natural studies – field and seminar exercises, trips to nature, engineering and cultural objects.
Requirements and form of recruitment
The necessary condition for joining the graduate programme in Sustainable Development in English language is to have any degree „licencjat”, B.A., B.Sc., „magister”, M.A., M.Sc., engineer or equivalent degree.
The qualification procedure will be carried out on the basis of:
- – Average of grades from studies
- – Result of the interview in English checking the predispositions of candidates to study and their interest in sustainable development issues.
For the arithmetic average of the grades from studies, a maximum of 40 points can be obtained.
The average of grades from the studies will be converted into points as follows (applies to diplomas obtained in Poland):
From the interview the candidate may receive a maximum of 60 points. Absence in an interview will result in the candidate being unqualified and awarded 0 points on the ranking list.
Knowledge of sustainable development will be assessed by representatives of the Sustainable Development staff.
In case of candidates without a document certifying knowledge of the English language at level B2, language assessment will be carried out during the interview. Candidates who do not speak English at least at B2 level will not be considered in the qualification process. The language proficiency of candidates at B2 – CEFR level will be assessed by the representative of the Center for Foreign Language Teacher Training and European Education of the University of Warsaw invited to participate in the recruitment committee.
A maximum of 100 points can be obtained in the qualification procedure. The minimum number of points in the qualification procedure required to qualify for studies is 50 points.
Professional graduate’s perspectives
Interdisciplinary knowledge and diversity of didactic offer allow to gain comprehensive academic education useful for performing various professions. SD graduates will be prepared to undertake work in the following sectors: public, private and non-profit, in international or national organizations; in research, implementation and analytical centers and institutes, in particular in institutions dealing with environmental monitoring, waste management, local and regional development, in consulting companies, in scientific and R & D institutions, as well as in business.
Free studies for students from countries outside the European Union
Studies in the new direction of Sustainable Development (SD) are free for students coming from outside the 27 European Union member states.