The curriculum indicates the subjects for the degree and their type (basic, required, elective, etc.), the number of credits for each subject, etc. Topics are divided into subjects, which in turn are organized into modules.
Module I: Biodiversity, Environment and Landscape (14 ECTS credits)
The master's degree begins with the study of diverse landscapes and combines field outings with laboratory sessions, lectures and the preparation and presentation of reports. Since the diversity of landscapes and territory is practically endless, the objective is not just to understand the cases studied, but also to learn to interpret any type of landscape or territory. This module comes at the beginning of the master's degree program because knowledge of the environment is a prerequisite for proper environmental management (Module 3). Respect for each location cannot be achieved without understanding its uniqueness, its specific environmental values and problems and the idiosyncrasies of its people. The values studied emphasize biodiversity due to the significant development this concept has had as an expression of environmental quality and because of the proven teaching history and capacity of the University of Navarra's School of Sciences on this subject.
Module II: Methodologies and Techniques (15 ECTS credits)
Environmental professionals must be familiar with a sufficient number of specific methodologies and techniques that are not in and of themselves management tools, but do form the basis for or enable or support sustainable management. Because of this, they are covered in this second module. The potential number of methodologies and techniques to study is very high. Each of them can be highly complex. Certain methodologies and techniques have been selected for this module and are presented in terms of their main features. Spatial information processing and representation receives special emphasis, along with experimental analysis applied to the environment and management.
Module III: Sustainable Management (16 ECTS credits)
Using the first two modules as a base, this module concerns itself with management and the people involved in it. The interaction among researchers, business owners and government technicians is one of the emphasized objectives of this module. It highlights their respective roles in achieving sustainability, the challenges they confront and the framework within which they work. The topics covered include the socioeconomic framework in which management is carried out, a review of today's primary environmental problems and challenges, the environmental work of businesses in a broad range of sectors (agricultural and livestock operations, mining and quarrying, energy, industry, construction, logistics and transportation, tourism and leisure) and the role of the various government administrations (e.g., the Ministries of Industry and Energy, Agriculture and Forestry, Public Works and Transportation, Housing and Urban Planning, and the Environment).
Module IV: Personal Pathway. Master's Thesis Project (15 ECTS credits)
The previous modules demonstrate the complexity of the subjects and actors involved in the study and management of the environment, and encourage students to take an interdisciplinary approach that is of great interest for achieving sustainable development, among other capacities. This preparation for complexity is channeled through the Master's Thesis Project, which underscores the personal work and initiative needed to solve a specific problem. The program thus encourages students to develop capacities specific to future job performance within businesses or the public administration, or in pursuing research within the doctoral program. List of some Master's Thesis Projects offered by the departments of the University of Navarra for the research pathway: ►More information.