The Master’s Program in Environment and Sustainable Development was introduced in 2002 with the support of UNICCO and then was developed in 2017 and offered jointly by the University of Bahrain and the Prince’s Foundation (UK). The new program is structured to have 2 streams; stream I, is Environmental Science and Development and Stream II, is Sustainable Urbanism. The program is designed to boost students’ professional practice skills to enhance their career prospects in Environmental Science, Sustainable Development and Sustainable Urbanism. The curriculum of the ESD Master’s program is designed to give students diverse educational skills. It involves various learning methods including lectures, field visits, self-studies, multidisciplinary projects, and case studies. The research project in the ESD thesis could pursue interests in almost all areas of environmental protection and sustainable development such as energy, water, waste, transportation, pollution, radiation protection and measurements. The M.Sc. in ESD courses are delivered by instructors from colleges and departments across the University of Bahrain, and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (UK), and in collaboration with a comprehensive range of governmental and non-governmental organizations.


Program Objectives


  • Providing graduates from diverse disciplinary backgrounds with a high level of knowledge of the most recent and emerging concepts surrounding the environment and sustainability.
  • Training of highly qualified policy decision-makers and environmental managers who will be involved in assessments and the design and implementation of environmental policies.
  • Developing a theoretical understanding of the economic forces that contribute to the development of settlements, including the cycles of urban growth, maturity, decay and renewal, and economics for community cohesion and robustness.
  • Developing students’ appreciation of the range of problems caused by an excessive reliance on fossil fuel-powered energy and the solutions.
  • Allowing students to develop a comprehensive understanding of sustainable environment issues.
  • Promoting the use of proper research methodology and tools related to environment and sustainable development.
  • Providing graduates with basic skills for implementing scientific research strategies including collection, evaluation, and interpretation of environmental data.



Program Structure (33 Credits)


Stream 1: Environmental Science and Development

Stream 2: Sustainable Urbanism

Core Courses (18 credits)

Core Courses (18 credits)

ESD 501

Environmental Science

ESD 501

Environmental Science

ESD 502

Environmental Law

ESD 502

Environmental Law

ESD 503

Environmental Economics

ESD 503

Environmental Economics

ESD 547

Research Methods

ESD 547

Research Methods

ESD 504

Resource Management and Technology

ESD 550

Concepts of the City and Environmental Change

ESD 511

Energy and the Environment

ESD 551

Place-making and Urban Design

Research Project (6 Credits)

Research Project (6 Credits)

ESD 548

M.Sc. Thesis

ESD 548

M.Sc. Thesis

Three Elective Courses (9 credits)

Three Elective Courses (9 credits)

ESD 505

Environment and Society

ESD 552

Sustainable Transport

ESD 507

Environmental Pollution

ESD 553

Urban Design

ESD 519

Biological Biodiversity

ESD 554

Urban Regeneration

ESD 522

Land Use & Management

ESD 555

The Representation of Cities

ESD 524

Environmental Law in the Gulf States

ESD 556

Cities and the Environment

ESD 526

Environmental Impact Assessment

ESD 527

Environmental Data Analysis

ESD 527

Environmental Data Analysis

   

ESD 531

Environmental Microbiology

   

ESD 534

Marine Pollution

   

ESD 542

Environmental Radiology