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Master’s course in Human Development and Environment


Why a Master’s course in Human Development and Environment?

In the last years environmental questions have assumed an increasing public and occupational relevance.

The Postgraduate School for Environmental Studies (ASA) provides answers to the problems posed by the recent economical crisis in order to grasp concrete opportunities in the professional world.


The course is addressed to those who possess a graduate degree or an equivalent degree, in particular to those who are:

  • graduates
  • professionals
  • teachers and educators
  • directors and managers
  • project coordinators
  • administrators

Career prospects

Those who posses the Master Degree will be able to operate within:

  • enterprises and institutions
  • service companies operating for the environment and for the economical development
  • education and formation corporations
  • centres for research and multidisciplinary consultancy
  • food management

During previous editions of the Master, among others engineers, lecturers, researchers, directors and project coordinators in the following areas:

  • new energies and sustainable mobility
  • management of strategies for social responsibility
  • formation, training and education for sustainability
  • intervention policies for environmental questions
  • international cooperation and development
  • wellness and sustainable tourism

all obtained the Master’s Degree. 


The Master aims to :

  • qualify the professionality of those who are active, or who wish to enter, in enterprises and corporations, associations and foundations which are operating in favour of the environment, of human development and of the promotion of sustainability.
  • provide a high-level multidisciplinary preparation in the realm of the natural and physical sciences, of the juridical and ethical sciences, of the political and economical sciences, of the psychological and sociological sciences, of the pedagogical an educational sciences and of the methodological-didactical sciences in order to address eco-sustainable environmental policies enhanced by appropriate educational and communicational processes. 
  • improve the encounter with the job market and meet the new requirements of professional competences in the sphere of the environment, within the actual transformations of the intervention models and of the implementation of inter-institutional relations, in order to single out the most adequate action procedures, according to a close specialised cultural inspection.


The content of the Master is articulated as follows:

  • 7 teaching moduli ( 40 CFU, University Credits ), corresponding to 200 hours of lectures in class and 120 hours taught at distance, and to hours of personal studying;
  • a stage ( 15 CFU ) of 250 hours and guided reflection in class ( 25 hours ), personal documentation and re-elaboration of the practical experiences ( 100 hours );
  • integrated laboratory activities and final exam ( 5 CFU ).

  1. Environmental ecology, human ecology: scientific knowledge, education, development, 28-29-30 January, 11-12-13 February
    Multidisciplinary foundations and knowledge for sustainability,
    Green jobs, care for our common home, skills
  2. Economy and governance of development, 25-26-27 February, 10 March
    Sociology of the environment and territorial development; economy of growth and innovation; institutional processes of sustainable development; enterprises and the environment  
  3. Environmental politics and economy, 11-12 March, 31 March, 1-2 April
    International environmental law; environmental politics; economical valuation of the environment; instruments of environmental governance, agribusiness and supplay chain’s sustainability
  4. The natural environment and human activities, 14-15-16 April, 28-29 April
    The climate and the quality of the air; the cycle of water and soil management ; urban systems and urban planning.
  5. Ecosystems and human health, 30 April, 12-13-14 May, 26 May
    Security and quality of alimentation; natural systems and biodiversity; microbiology of food; prevention and tutelage of human health; risk and prevention in relational contexts.
  6. Sustainable and educational planning for the care of creation 27-28 May, 9-10-11 June
    Care for the creation social and environmental ethic; ecological crisis and contemporary culture; social pedagogy and education of human resources; historical analysis of educational systems with relation to the procedures of environmental education; theory and methodology of educational and sustainable planning. Elements of sustainable tourism and territorial branding.
  7. Education, development of human resources and environmental pedagogy, 15-16-17 September, 29-30 September, 1th October
    Pedagogical research for the environment; evaluation of sustainable education and planning; pedagogy of the environment and of social responsibility; education of adults; cooperation and human resources for the environment.  

Collaborations and stage opportunities

  • climate change and the Kyoto protocol  through carbon marking instruments
  • environmental certification through the EMAS, ECOLABEL and EPD instruments
  • communication of sustainability, media and public opinion
  • coordination of educational pathways to sustainability in the context of schools
  • elaboration of sustainability and environmental balance sheets
  • environmental ethics and creation theology 
  • management of inter-institutional activities of Agenda 21
  • new energies
  • territorial planning through strategic valuation
  • preparation of educational pathways with regard to sustainable technologies
  • sustainable educational planning in the context of adult formation and training 
  • active planning in the context of local communities
  • social responsibility for enterprises with respect to sustainability of the processes and the products
  • the agricultural sector, energy generation and the use of biomass
  • sustainable tourism and wellness
  • evaluation of the impact of pollutants on the state of monuments
  • enquiry on the applicability of the political procedures of the evaluation of environmental impacts

Organisation of the Master

The lectures  will be given usually in Brescia at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, in Via Trieste 17, on Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning and afternoon.

The subjects will be taught by university lecturers and by particularly qualified professionals which are recognised as privileged witnesses in the fields of interest to the Master.

The Master includes stage activities, as well as laboratories, the elaboration of a final essay and the preparation for the final exam.  

The attendance is compulsory. Absences are admitted up to 25% for each of the following didactical activities: lectures, guided reflection on the stage experiences and laboratories.

Final Degree

Those who will have completed the expected educational itinerary and who will obtain positive results for the final evaluations, will be awarded the second level Master’s Degree in

Human Development and Environment. Governance, Education, scientific knowledge

The course represents a concrete opportunity to obtain a post-graduate degree which enables one to enter in organisational contexts in which a high level professional profile is required. The degree can be considered for applications in the context of public administrations with reference to the adopted regulations. The master is part of the educational initiatives aimed at updating teachers and lecturers, realised by the universities and recognised by the scholastic administration within the current scheme of regulations.

Registration rules and fees

The full registration fee for the entire course amounts to 4.800 €.

The first part of the paying instalment for the matriculation corresponds to 900 €.

The second and third parts of the instalment, to be paid within the 29th of April and the 30th of June respectively, amount each to 1.450 €. The fourth part of the instalment  to be paid within the 15th of September corresponds to 1000€.

The possibility to register only for single modules of the course is provided and the corresponding university credits can be obtained, on approval of the direction board of the Master.

For each single moduli the registration fee corresponds to 700 €.

The registration to the Master is depending on a selection of the candidates, which is based on the evaluation of academic titles, degrees and of the matured experiences of the candidates in the fields of interest.

The candidates may be called for an interview by the board, which will irrevocably decide if a student can be admitted to the Master.  

The deadline for registrations is  Wensday  the 27st of January 2016, and students should fill in the corresponding application form which can be downloaded from the website

Applications are accepted from people who expect to obtain a graduate or equivalent degree by March/April 2016, on the condition that by that time the degree will effectively be awarded.