• Courses and services offered at the University of Udine
    Courses and services offered at the University of Udine
Access admission unrestricted
Class LM-75 Environmental and land sciences
Credits 120
Duration 2 years
Location Udine
Legal requirements three-year university degree or diploma or equivalent

Environmental Assessment and Management

The Master's Degree Course in Environmental Analysis and Management (AGA) trains professionals with multidisciplinary skills capable of organizing analysis strategies for complex environmental problems and designing and managing their solution. The AGA graduate acquires tools and skills to operate in the field of prevention, diagnosis and solution of environmental problems, to operate autonomously by assuming responsibility for projects and structures, to carry out planning, management, control and coordination activities, also introducing them innovative aspects.
The training course mainly includes theoretical-practical courses on contents included in the chemical, geological, biological and ecological disciplines with the aim of acquiring, from a systemic perspective, the scientific method of investigation and knowledge of modern detection and monitoring instruments, laboratory methodologies, field investigations both in the natural environment and in the man-made and polluted one. In addition to strictly technical training, adequate attention is paid to the regulatory aspects of ordering obligations and procedures for all public entities involved in environmental management, or private individuals in the world of the production of goods and services.
The didactic structure of the master's degree course includes distinctive disciplines aimed at providing the master's degree with a high level of cultural training of a technical-scientific nature, such as to enable him to enter the world of work promptly.
With these purposes, AGA's training course is divided into two fundamental phases. The first year offers a common base of characterizing disciplines for a total of 50 ECTS and belonging to the Chemical, Biological, Geological, Ecological, Environmental Assessment, Economic and Environmental Legislation areas. The educational offer thus articulated aims to complete the multidisciplinary training acquired with the degree, and to introduce more advanced specialist knowledge on the abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems, on chemical, biological and geochemical processes of environmental interest and on the most relevant aspects of the legislation environmental. Particular attention will be paid to decision-making processes and to the management of the environment and the territory in order to contribute to socio-economic growth according to the principles of sustainable development.
One of the peculiar aspects of the AGA inter-university course is the strong investment of CFUs (30) in similar or supplementary training activities to which the second year is completely dedicated. The wide availability of courses offered by the consortium members in the two curricula guarantees adequate flexibility in the presentation of study plans, allowing the student to orient their training path according to specific interests through the choice of advanced courses.
The curriculum offered by the University of Udine is structured so that the graduate can qualify as competent in the management and planning of the agro-forestry and fauna management, in the knowledge of projects, plans, programs and environmental policies with specific reference to sustainability, understanding factors disturbing plant ecosystems, in the development of intervention strategies in projects for the recovery of degraded areas, also with the use of phytotechnologies. Other skills concern the management of databases and their interfacing with GIS systems, knowledge of the tools used in environmental monitoring, geological risks and naturalistic engineering techniques.
The curriculum offered by the University of Trieste allows you to develop knowledge on the main methods of monitoring the environment through remote sensing and terrestrial techniques, on geophysical methods applied to the identification and protection of water resources, on the physical processes of modeling coastal areas, and on processes that regulate the mobility of trace elements in environmental compartments. The student will also be able to acquire knowledge on the main organic pollutants diffused in the relevant environment, their transformations and the assessment of danger and risk for human health and ecosystems, on the main instrumental analysis techniques in the environmental field, and on the biotransformations in support of Circular economy.
AGA's training course provides for the acquisition of free choice CFUs proposed by the teaching structure, however consistent with the training project, other CFUs are acquired by students after having conducted a training internship, verification of knowledge of the English language at level B2 and finally through the preparation of a final test of an experimental nature.
The following general skills are acquired in AGA's training path: (i) ability to critically analyze and interpret experimental and pro data

Function in a work context:
Graduates in Environmental Analysis and Management occupy a role in the world of work at higher decision-making levels; in particular, its use is envisaged in activities:
- naturalistic research, both basic and applied, of analysis and modeling of environmental systems;
- census of the naturalistic heritage and planning of monitoring plans;
- analysis, evaluation and environmental monitoring of works, plans, projects, production processes and products;
- impact assessment, planning, design, recovery and management of the natural environment;
- wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, for the application of those aspects of environmental legislation that require environmental skills, with particular reference to impact studies (flora-fauna sector) and impact assessment;
- drafting of thematic maps (biological and abiological) also through the use of GIS and connected databases;
- organization and management of scientific museums, botanical gardens and naturalistic parks;
- naturalistic and environmental education such as the creation of educational materials also as multimedia support for schools, universities, naturalistic museums, parks and botanical gardens;
- planning and management of naturalistic itineraries;
- planning and management of works in the field of environmental protection, conservation, reclamation, requalification and restoration;
- dissemination of environmental issues and naturalistic knowledge;
- planning, organization and verification in a coordinated and integrated way with other professional figures, the management of the activities listed above;
- teaching in the school for subjects related to environmental education and natural sciences, subject to obtaining the qualification and / or passing the relative competitions, in accordance with the provisions of current legislation.
skills associated with the function:
The master's degree program in Environmental Analysis and Management allows the acquisition of the following skills, necessary for carrying out the functions described above:
- the ability to recognize, classify and interpret the biotic (animal and plant) and abiotic (atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere) components of the territory, to analyze the ecosystem as a whole and to use these skills for the purpose of sustainable land management ;
- full mastery of methods for the detection, analysis and management of environmental data;
- the ability to manage one's skills for the elaboration, development and execution of projects related to one's specific field of activity
Professional outlets:
Employment prospects for graduates in Environmental Analysis and Management are present in both the public and private sectors with professional tasks aimed at the evaluation and management of environmental systems.
In particular, in the public sector, environmental management and services companies, Ministries (e.g., Environment, Health, Cultural Heritage and Activities, Infrastructures, Universities and Scientific and Technological Research), national and international bodies and organizations (e.g., Agency for the Protection of the Environment and the Territory and for Technical Services, the Civil Protection Agency, the Regional Agencies for the Protection of the Environment, the Higher Institute of Health, Experimental Stations) require professionals with skills aimed at evaluation and management of environmental systems. These competences could be of support to the administrations of the Regions, the Municipalities and their aggregations, the Mountain Communities and other Public Bodies, in the management sectors of complex environmental realities.
In the private sector, graduates in Environmental Analysis and Management can find employment in companies producing goods and services, with tasks of organization, evaluation, management and responsibility, for all problems that may involve an interaction between production activities and environmental systems.
Pursuant to Presidential Decree 5/6/01 n.328, the Master's Degree in Environmental Analysis and Management is a requirement for admission to the State Exam, the passing of which allows enrollment in the following professional registers:
- Order of agronomists and forestry doctors, Section A (title of Agronomist and Forestry Doctor);
- Order of architects, planners, landscape architects and conservators, Section A landscape sector (title of Landscape Designer);
- Order of Biologists, Section A (title of Biologist);
- Order of Geologists, Section A (title of Geologist).