FEES Introduces Four Master of Science and Master Degree Programmes

2nd July, 2021 0 comments

UG’s Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences (FEES) Department
of Environmental Studies (DoES), Introduces Four Master of Science
and Master Degree Programmes Aligned to Current and Future Careers

The University of Guyana’s Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences (FEES),
Department of Environmental Studies, will launch four (4) specialised Master of
Science and Master Degree programmes commencing in October 2021. Courses will
be taught by leading academics and experts from reputable local, regional, and
international universities, agencies and organisations as well as the private sector.
This suite adds to the several new programmes being offered by the University this
new Academic Year which respond to the growing need for quality, affordable and
relevant programmes in Guyana and the Caribbean.

The four (4) specialised programmes on offer for the Master of Science and Master
Degrees are:
1. Environmental Management
2. Natural Resources Management
3. Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy
4. Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

The programmes will be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, enhancing the
employability of students by incorporating new-age skills for future work
opportunities. The programmes aim to build capacity amongst national and regional
professionals by equipping them with working knowledge, skills and technical
expertise in a range of areas such as ecosystem services and valuation; national,
regional and international environmental law and policy; environmental
management and monitoring tools and techniques; environmental economics and
policy; pollution control and waste management approaches; management of natural
resources; climate change and disaster mitigation; and environmental policy
formulation and appraisal.

Apart from building academic capacity the programmes will also offer tools which
will aid in building professional competencies in the areas of data analysis with the
use of statistical software; communication through written reports and oral and
visual presentations; scientific analysis and writing; geographic information system
(GIS) mapping and software application; life cycle analysis, environmental
management systems, and environmental impact assessment.
Further details on each programme area are provided below:

1. Environmental Management (EM):
This programme seeks to promote the use of environmental safeguards in
organisations and will provide skills and knowledge related to the processes or
activities that cause environmental degradation and pollution, and the approaches to
effect sustainable change. The programme is designed to equip the aspiring
Environmental Manager with a complement of technical skills and expertise which
will contribute to the formulation of efficient, dynamic, safe and sustainable
industries. The programme provides exposure to analytical skills and research,
current environmental management systems, green technology approaches,
sustainable energy pathways, pollution control mechanisms, and environmental and
occupational health.

2. Natural Resources Management (NRM):
This programme is designed to promote the sustainable management of natural
resources within Guyana and territories which share a similar geophysical and
tropical landscape. While building competencies in the conduct of environmental
assessments and the use of geo-spatial technology, the programme will also provide
exposure to core courses which will serve to enhance research and analytical skills.
The aspiring Natural Resources Manager can garner specific skills needed for the
management of ecosystems, parks, protected areas, and water, forest, land and
coastal resources.

3. Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy (OGRE):
This programme has emerged out of the need to furnish Guyana’s oil and gas and
renewable energy sector with trained personnel possessing industry specific skills to
promote the sustainable utilisation of energy resources. The programme offers a
unique blend of courses that expose students to the operations of the dynamic energy
sector, while providing tools for the development of research and analytical skills.
The programme focuses on the environmental consequences of energy use, the
minimisation of the impacts of the sector, and opportunities for use of renewable
energy and includes courses such as Environmental Management of the Offshore
Environment, Energy Economics, Renewable Energy Simulation, and Health, Safety
and Environmental Management for the Oil and Gas Industry.

4. Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM)
This is a specialised programme designed to address Climate Change and Disaster
Risk Management issues in Guyana and the wider Caribbean. The programme is multidisciplinary in structure merging the streams of Climate Change and Disaster
Risk Management. Students will be able to make clear linkages between the impacts
of climate change and the implementation of disaster risk management approaches.
The programme consists of core courses such as an Introduction to Climate Change
Science and Modelling, Climate Change Policy and Negotiations, Climate Change
Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation, Community-Based Disaster Risk Management
and Disaster Risk Management in the Caribbean.


Career Opportunities
Qualifications gleaned from the programmes will generally prepare graduates for
managerial and technical appointments within the specified fields. Further, the
careful selection of elective courses, particularly within the Environmental
Management and Natural Resources Management programmes, can allow for
specialisation. Potential career opportunities that may be pursued upon completion
of our programmes include:
● Climate Change Analyst
● Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Coordinator
● Environmental Monitoring Technician
● Environmental Policy Analyst
● Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager
● Pollution Analyst
● Quality Control Analyst


Programme Structure
The respective Master of Science and Master degree programmes consist of a
combination of core and elective courses which are to be completed over two (2)
years (4 semesters).
The Environmental Management and Natural Resources Management programmes
each have eight (8) core courses and four (4) electives while the Oil and Gas and
Renewable Energy and the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
programmes each consists of eleven (11) core courses and one (1) elective course.
Students enrolled in the Master of Science programmes will be required to complete
a Research Project while those in the Master Degree programmes will be required to
complete the Scientific Demonstrations in Research and Environmental Leadership

Mode of Delivery
The courses will be delivered using hybrid approaches constituting of ‘in class
sessions’ and ‘online platforms’ such as Zoom and Moodle. Courses will be delivered
using a mixture of various teaching strategies, including lectures, seminars, tutorials,
labs, and fieldwork.

For Additional Details, please contact Mr. E.C. Marciano Glasgow, Post Graduate
Programme Coordinator; Email: gspes.fees@uog.edu.gy or Telephone Number:


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programmes in over 60 disciplines online and face-to-face in 8 campuses across
Guyana. With a student population of now 10,000, UG has provided education,
learning and research for over 50,000 alumni. The mission of the University is to
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institutional response to the changing needs of Guyana.

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