M.Sc. (Environmental Science)

Introduction to the course

The M.Sc. in Environmental Science programme will be offered by the School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Adamas University. The programme is designed to develop future professionals with profound and inveterate scientific consciousness willing to look for meaningful, impactful and responsible careers. Being a multidisciplinary subject, skill development in the form of capacity building of students in several facets of various scientific disciplines is the primary objective of the course. An ever-increasing consciousness of the human race regarding the environment and the ecosystem services will lead to the demand for experts with scientific dexterity in almost all related domains. The programme is structured in such a sagacious manner that the society as a whole will gain from the contributions of the alumni of this department.

 

How is M.Sc. in Environmental Science Course Beneficial?

  • Students will be able to apply quantitative reasoning and/or mathematical skills/statistical models to field and laboratory data to address environmental problems.
  • Experience of collection of field samples, visit and assess the status of terrestrial and aquatic sites, and industry visits.
  • Awareness of ecosystems in the context of human-environmental interactions.
  • Competently implement a project, which may include literature review, experimental design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Hands on training on sophisticated analytical instruments.
  • Students will be able to locate, evaluate and synthesize information from the scientific literature.
  • Students will apply knowledge of the sciences within an interdisciplinary context in solving environmental issues such as environmental health, food and agriculture, energy, waste and pollution, climate change, population, resource management, and loss of biodiversity.
  • Students will be able to carry out applied research project in natural sciences.
  • Students will be able to communicate science effectively through written work and oral presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Students will apply the tools commonly used in field research, particularly in the study of plants, animals, and soils including maps, GPS technology, and use spatial analysis software such as GIS, Google Earth, and Google Maps.

Glimpses from our Field Study at East Kolkata Wetlands and adjoining areas, February 2021

Relevance

  1. Environmental Science is an inter-disciplinary subject and its components along with their interactions through assiduous study of Ecology, Biodiversity, Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Microbiology
  2. Understand the different kinds of pollutions and their sources through study of Climate and Air Pollution Studies, Hazardous Waste & Environmental Toxicology and Soil Pollution and different laws about pollution.
  3. Analyse and determine pollution using Environmental Analytical Techniques, Biostatistics and Computational Techniques.
  4. Understand different technologies like biotechnology, water and wastewater treatment technology to find the solutions and their applications in abatement of Pollution and other environmental problems.
  5. Use of different tools for the management of Environment, Energy resources, solid wastes, Biodiversity conservation like Remote Sensing & Geographical Information Systems and different methodologies.
  6. Understand the basic principles of disaster management and industrial safety.
  7. Determine the environmental impact due to different developmental projects and find solution to eliminate these impacts.
  8. Through Dissertation, student can identify a particular environmental problem, review the literature for finding the gaps, develop research methodology, collect data and carry out data analysis and interpretation.
  9. Students will also acquire the ability to write the research findings in the form of structured thesis and communicate the research results through oral or poster presentations.

 

What are the learning outcomes?

  1. To sensitize students towards environmental issues, and impacts of various anthropogenic activities on global climate and related mitigation strategies.
  2. To provide practical training on modern instrumentation and analytical techniques for environmental analyses.
  3. To enable the students for practical application of their knowledge and prepare them for successful and meaningful careers in research and academics, industries, environmental consultancies and NGOs.
  4. To encourage innovation that is exposure driven, since the dynamics of environmental science ranges from nature study in a locality to climatic and global meteorological issues.
  5. This course will enable the students to get exposed to the real-world situations through nature trails and studies, excursions, industry visits, sophisticated research laboratory visits, rural outreach, socio-economic surveys and many more.

 

Academic and scholarly activity

The primary academic and scholarly activities involved with the Postgraduate course in Environmental Science at School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Adamas University are:

  • Academic as well as professional outlook.
  • Didactic pedagogy, with as much as personalised teaching efforts for such a dynamic and socially relevant subject.
  • Skill enhancement vis a vis development of problem-solving approach, critical thinking, communication, and entrepreneurial abilities.
  • Complete evaluation through examinations, tutorials, assignments, Project work, Labs, Presentations, continuous and comprehensive assessments.
  • Hands-on exposure to high quality environmental research and capacity building for students.
  • Flexibility and continuous mentoring, with focus on development of knowledge, skills, personalities, and most importantly outlook.
  • State of the art laboratory which will support multidisciplinary research and analytical infrastructure.
  • Probable accreditation (NABL) for the laboratory may provide exposure to the students about various aspects of regulatory research activities.
  • Compulsory Summer training/ Dissertation in institutes or laboratories of national and international repute for developing hand-on experience in real world scenario.
  • Industrial training on environmental management, compulsory in credit-centric curriculum, enhances the employability of the students.
  • Career guidance from the departmental faculty members as well as from the academic platforms of the University.
  • Special academic modules for NET and GATE examinations within the competitive syllabus structure that promotes opportunities of going into environmental and health research and education.
  • Scientific orientation programme for Civil Service and other competitive and professional examinations.

 

Subjects covered:

Semester I
Energy and Environment
Environmental Chemistry
Climatology and Meteorology
Ecology and Biodiversity
English
Environmental Chemistry Lab
Ecology Lab
Field Visit

Semester II
Air pollution and Control Technologies
Water Pollution and Control Technology
Environmental Geosciences
Environmental Instrumentation
Environmental Monitoring Lab
Environmental Instrumentation Lab
Environmental Geosciences Lab
Industry Internship

Semester III
Statistical application in Environmental systems
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
Advanced Elective I
(Remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental Planning and Management/Soil Science)
Computational Lab
Elective I Lab
Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Lab

Semester IV
Environmental Impact Assessment and Regulatory Framework
Elective II
(Industrial Pollution Prevention and Clean Technologies/ Design for Water and Wastewater Systems)
Elective III
(Environmental Economics, Ethics and Policies/ Occupational health safety and Environmental Management)
Environmental Biochemistry and Toxicology
Environmental Biochemistry and Toxicology Lab
Comprehensive Viva
Seminar on Contemporary Research
Dissertation

 

Specializations:

  • Remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental Planning and Management

          Or,

Soil Science

  • Industrial Pollution Prevention and Clean Technologies

          Or,

Design for Water and Wastewater Systems

  • Environmental Economics, Ethics and Policies

          Or,

Occupational health safety and Environmental Management

 

Lab Infrastructure (if applicable): 

Chemistry Wet Laboratory

Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory

Geoinformatics Laboratory

Microbiology Laboratory

Internships/Project work: 

  • Students will be sent to various industries and research organizations for internships based on their interest.
  • Internships will help students to apply their knowledge learnt in classroom to the real workplace.
  • Through internship, student will gain experience which is desirable for most of the recruiters.
  • It is a good opportunity for professional networking and to develop interpersonal skills that may be beneficial for finding a job.
  • Internship in research organization will help them to expose to the current research work, laboratory rule and teamwork which will ignite the passion for research in the young minds.

 

Placement & Career Opportunities / Research Opportunities

A healthy environment is a prerequisite for survival and sustenance of life on earth. Therefore, experts having domain knowledge in different areas ranging from biodiversity conservation, wetland management to pollution control are required for the society. The students having a PG Degree in Environmental Science will have the plethora of opportunities of serving in several domains. Students can apply for Ph.D. fellowship in national and international research organizations after completion of M.Sc. they can pursue their career in academics. They can also join as research assistant/officer in various Government and private Laboratories. Besides, doctoral research, students find jobs in various companies. Career Development Cell (CDC) organizes several events for placement and campus interview.

Possible job profiles after M.Sc. in Environmental Science:

  • Environmental Analyst
  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife Conservation Biologist
  • GIS Analyst
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Consultant- Sustainability and Climate Change
  • EHS & Sustainability Consultant
  • Public Health Officer
  • Manager- Environment
  • Manager- Sustainability Reporting
  • Assistant Manager/Manager- Water and Waste Water Treatment
  • Teaching Faculty/Assistant
  • Environmental Content Writer
  • Environmental Law consultant
  • Environmental Expert in NGOs

 

List of some potential recruiters:

  • AECOM
  • Arcadis
  • Atkins
  • Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
  • Central Pollution Control Board
  • Coal India Ltd.
  • ERM
  • GIST Advisory Pvt. Ltd.
  • Golder Associates
  • Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
  • Jal Board
  • KPMG
  • MOEFCC
  • ONGC
  • Praj Industries
  • Rambol
  • Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd.
  • Reliance India Pvt. Ltd
  • Siemens
  • SUEZ Environmental Services
  • Tata Consulting Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
  • United Phosphorus Ltd
  • UEM India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Veolia Water India
  • World Resources Institute
  • WWF India

 

Eligibility:

Minimum 50% aggregate in 10+2 or equivalent examination and Minimum 50% aggregate in Undergraduate degree in Science Graduation with Chemistry as a subject

 

Duration (in Year): 2