Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

The M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences is a 30 credit hour program that is offered both full and part time within the Biology Department. Students are required to complete 24 credit hours of coursework in addition to 6 credit hours assigned to research and a completion of a M.Sc. thesis. The coursework includes 4 credit hours of College of Science requirements (Ethics, Research Methods and Statistics), 10 credit hours of core environmental sciences courses and elective courses (10 credit hours) that allow the student to specialize in any specific topic relating to environmental sciences. Student progress is overseen by a research supervisor (and co-supervisors) and a thesis defense committee. The program is a fee-based program open for all students who meet the entry requirements.

Program Objectives

  • Develop proficiency of basic concepts in cellular and molecular biology, ecology and environmental sciences, and general biology.
  • Foster teamwork and improve oral and communication skills.
  • Foster a student-oriented research program that results in professional publications.
  • Embrace student-oriented teaching methods that nurture critical thinking abilities and apply their knowledge to solve theoretical and empirical real-life problems.
  • Prepare students for future job market and careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss contemporary issues relating to environmental challenges, ethics, and professional responsibilities.
  • Describe relationships between environmental components and processes and the role of anthropogenic factors.
  • Evaluate material from available resources on issues and challenges relating to environmental problems facing the UAE.
  • Evaluate the means by which human society can conserve and restore the environment using approaches drawn from various sciences and fields of study.
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral presentation skills.
  • Conduct scientific environmental research, and use quantitative methods to analyze results.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours

College of Science

Required Courses (5.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC501Research Methods1.000
COSC502Ethics of Scientific Research1.000
COSS633Seminar0.000 - 3.000
STAT503Applied Statistics2.000


Environmental Science

Required Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOE611Environmental Science I3.000
BIOE613Environmental Science II2.000
GEO610Social Impact Assessment2.000
PUBL655Environmental Law2.000

Elective Courses (10.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOE598Selected Topics1.000 - 3.000
BIOE599Independent Study1.000 - 3.000
BIOE621Plant Research to Environmental Stresses2.000
BIOE623Environmental Microbiology2.000
BIOE625Coastal Management2.000
BIOE627Desert Ecology2.000
BIOE629Applied Systems Ecology2.000
BIOE631Environmental Pollution & Pesticides2.000
BIOE633Soil and Water Pollution2.000
BIOE649Community Medicine2.000
BIOE651Industrial Hygiene2.000
BIOE653Human Environmental Physiology2.000
BIOE655Essentials Of Toxicology2.000
CHEM673Petroleum & Petrochemical Pollution2.000
CHEM674Biochemistry of Toxins & Pollutants2.000
CHEM675Environmental Chemistry2.000
CHEM677Corrosion Science For Environments2.000
GEOL528Remote Sensing2.000
GEOL565Environmental Geochemistry2.000
GEOL574Energy Resources2.000
GEOL575Engineering Geology2.000



Required Course (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSR699Thesis0.000 - 6.000