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The M.H.K. program offers concentration in either Applied Human Performance (sport and exercise psychology, biomechanics and ergonomics, exercise physiology, motor learning and control, lifespan development) or Sport Management (leadership, organizational behaviour, community development, sport finance and economics, sport and the law, sport sociology, sport history, sport marketing).

The program is uniquely structured to offer both a research thesis stream, and an internship stream. The internship stream provides students with hands-on work experience to complement their coursework.

Our program is well established with 21 graduate faculty members supervising 80 M.H.K. students. There are several well funded laboratories and research groups supporting student research.

Program Description

The program focuses on the application of movement science in sport, the workplace, and activities of daily living. Students pursue course work, thesis research, and internships that examine the basic and applied principles of human biomechanics, ergonomics, exercise physiology, lifespan development, motor learning and control, neuromuscular physiology, and sport and exercise psychology.

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The graduate programs in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology emphasize diverse perspectives in these core areas. - Measurement—educational assessment, psychological measurement, construction & use of standardized tests, item response theory, cross-cultural assessment. Read more
The graduate programs in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology emphasize diverse perspectives in these core areas:
- Measurement—educational assessment, psychological measurement, construction & use of standardized tests, item response theory, cross-cultural assessment
- Evaluation—program evaluation, curriculum evaluation across the educational spectrum
- Research Methodology—quasi-experimental, hierarchical or multi-level models, analysis of growth & change, dialectics, qualitative approaches

We prepare graduate students as methodological and measurement specialists. The programs emphasize advanced research as applied to educational, psychological, health, and social contexts.

Measurement, evaluation and research methodology is an evolving field that is trans-disciplinary by nature and is at the core of many of the research activities in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, the Faculty of Education, and in many of the human and health sciences in the University. MERM classes are in high demand by students from across the Faculty of Education, including Human Kinetics, as well as Commerce, Dentistry, Forestry, Health Studies, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Program Overview

The graduate program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) offers Ph.D., M.A., and M.Ed. degrees. The MERM area focuses on the preparation of graduate students to be methodological and measurement specialists. We strive to promote in our research, student supervision, and teaching the highest standards of measurement and research methodology in our discipline. Upon degree completion, our master's and Ph.D. students are employed as university faculty, data analysts, research scientists, test developers, directors of research in school districts or government, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists in business, industry, and education, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations.

MERM students generally fit into one of three categories:
1. Students who have an applied interest in educational and psychological measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis. Although they may have some preparation in measurement and data analysis in their undergraduate studies, this is not always the case. These students are more oriented toward the use of measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis techniques in fields such as education, psychology, or health.

2. Students who have strong theoretical interests in technical problems related to areas such as test theory, item response theory, assessment, statistics, factor analysis, and multi-level modeling. Although some of these students come to the Program with some statistical and/or mathematical background, often obtained while studying in another social science discipline such as psychology or sociology, other students arrive with degrees in statistics or mathematics as well.
3. Students who find it compatible with their career goals to give equal attention to both applied and theoretical aspects of this program.

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The graduate programs in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology emphasize diverse perspectives in these core areas. - Measurement—educational assessment, psychological measurement, construction & use of standardized tests, item response theory, cross-cultural assessment. Read more
The graduate programs in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology emphasize diverse perspectives in these core areas:
- Measurement—educational assessment, psychological measurement, construction & use of standardized tests, item response theory, cross-cultural assessment
- Evaluation—program evaluation, curriculum evaluation across the educational spectrum
- Research Methodology—quasi-experimental, hierarchical or multi-level models, analysis of growth & change, dialectics, qualitative approaches

We prepare graduate students as methodological and measurement specialists. The programs emphasize advanced research as applied to educational, psychological, health, and social contexts.

Measurement, evaluation and research methodology is an evolving field that is trans-disciplinary by nature and is at the core of many of the research activities in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, the Faculty of Education, and in many of the human and health sciences in the University. MERM classes are in high demand by students from across the Faculty of Education, including Human Kinetics, as well as Commerce, Dentistry, Forestry, Health Studies, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Education
- Specialization: Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Program Overview

The graduate program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) offers Ph.D., M.A., and M.Ed. degrees. The MERM area focuses on the preparation of graduate students to be methodological and measurement specialists. We strive to promote in our research, student supervision, and teaching the highest standards of measurement and research methodology in our discipline. Upon degree completion, our master's and Ph.D. students are employed as university faculty, data analysts, research scientists, test developers, directors of research in school districts or government, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists in business, industry, and education, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations.

MERM students generally fit into one of three categories:
1. Students who have an applied interest in educational and psychological measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis. Although they may have some preparation in measurement and data analysis in their undergraduate studies, this is not always the case. These students are more oriented toward the use of measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis techniques in fields such as education, psychology, or health.
2. Students who have strong theoretical interests in technical problems related to areas such as test theory, item response theory, assessment, statistics, factor analysis, and multi-level modeling. Although some of these students come to the Program with some statistical and/or mathematical background, often obtained while studying in another social science discipline such as psychology or sociology, other students arrive with degrees in statistics or mathematics as well.
3. Students who find it compatible with their career goals to give equal attention to both applied and theoretical aspects of this program.

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Our Master of Science program is designed to prepare individuals to conduct research independently and in collaboration with other scientists. Read more

Overview

Our Master of Science program is designed to prepare individuals to conduct research independently and in collaboration with other scientists. Students will investigate an area of research relevant to rehabilitation through critical analysis of problems related to basic sciences, clinical practice, or to development of theory.

Rehabilitation Sciences constitutes the study of physical and occupational performance with special emphasis on individuals with impairments and disabilities. It encompasses the three dimensions of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (body structure and function, activity and participation) and thus spans the individual, community and society. Our faculty have active research programs that cover this diverse spectrum.

Our faculty have an excellent record of scholarly productivity, receiving funding from provincial and national research granting agencies. Over 20 graduate students from a broad range of backgrounds including occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreation therapy, social sciences, human kinetics, and engineering have graduated from our program. These students have authored numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and won various scholarships and awards.

Graduate students will have the opportunity to study in state of the art laboratories, such as the UBC MacDonald Research Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital, the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Research Clinic in Kelowna, the McGregor-Hudson Physical Therapy Research Lab, the Margaret Hood Occupational Therapy Lab, the Post Polio Research Lab, the Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at GF Strong Rehab Centre and the ICORD building. Office space and computer terminals are also available for students within the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy as well as at the Department of Physical Therapy.

Courses offered by our team of internationally renowned scholars and educators help students learn critical evaluation of the scientific literature relevant to rehabilitation, analysis of theoretical constructs through of quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, and the design, execution and presentation of their results.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Science
- Specialization: Rehabilitation Sciences
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

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The Master of Arts in Kinesiology (MA) is a thesis-based degree which provides advanced education and research training in the social, behavioural, and/or managerial sciences. Read more

Master of Arts in Kinesiology

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology (MA) is a thesis-based degree which provides advanced education and research training in the social, behavioural, and/or managerial sciences. In particular, students pursue studies in areas such as exercise and sport psychology, the sociology of health, physical activity, and/or sport, and sport history. The MA program affords students an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, supportive, and multidisciplinary research environment. Students work closely with individual faculty members who provide exceptional training and focused supervision using a mentorship model. The MA program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Our former students have gone on to pursue training in doctoral and post-doctoral degrees as well as to pursue careers in health promotion, governmental and non-governmental work, research, and teaching.

What makes the program unique?

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology program affords students an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, supportive, and multidisciplinary research environment. Students work closely with individual faculty members who provide exceptional training and focused supervision using a mentorship model. The School offers competitive financial packages to highly qualified students in the form of teaching assistantships and entrance scholarships.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Kinesiology
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education
- School: School of Kinesiology

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The Master of Kinesiology (MKin) is a non-thesis, course-based degree with potential areas of study, including Socio-Managerial, Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural Science and Coaching Science. Read more

Master of Kinesiology

The Master of Kinesiology (MKin) is a non-thesis, course-based degree with potential areas of study, including Socio-Managerial, Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural Science and Coaching Science. No research is involved: This is the main difference between the MKin and MA/MSc programs. The most popular stream is Coaching Science and the program contains approximately 18-20 graduate students each year. The average time to completion is 1 year (30-credit program). For more than 20 years, the Coaching Science program has supported the coaching careers of many different sport coaches by enhancing their theoretical development and practical growth. The internship program allows the students to exploit their coaching philosophy and challenge their skills.

The Coaching Science stream in the MKIN program prepares students for employment in coaching at various levels (high school, club, varsity, strength and conditioning) or in some specific cases to pursue further studies in a PhD program. Recent graduates have taken positions as head or assistant coaches in varsity programs, community programs, and the private sector as strength and conditioning coaches. Graduates from this program have also become Program Managers/Directors of Athletics and Recreation in their respective institutions.

What makes the program unique?

The Coaching Science stream in the MKin program is extremely diverse with more than 30% of graduate students coming from many different countries. This international, collaborative environment fosters the exploration of best practices and encourages the students to seek personal growth through interaction and discussion. We are a small enough cohort that students and faculty are able to enjoy regular one-on-one contact. Additionally, the programs’ flexibility leverages on the wide selection of seminar-based courses and independent directed studies. Lastly, the various streams offer the graduate student the opportunity to enhance their expertise in the interdisciplinary nature of kinesiology.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Kinesiology
- Specialization: Kinesiology
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education
- School: School of Kinesiology

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The Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc) is a thesis-based degree. Areas of study can include topics broadly related to the natural health and physical sciences. Read more

Master of Science in Kinesiology

The Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc) is a thesis-based degree. Areas of study can include topics broadly related to the natural health and physical sciences. Graduate students are drawn to the School to work with specific research faculty members and benefit from their expertise in specific content areas. The MSc program operates using a mentor model. The benefits of a mentor model are numerous including clarification of research and other funding support at time of application and focused supervision from the time of registration. The MSc program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Former MSc students have pursued additional training including doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. Many former Kinesiology graduates have become successful academics. Other students have pursued careers in Medicine, Physical Therapy, industry, and governmental and non-governmental work.

What makes the program unique?

Graduate students are drawn to the School to work with specific research faculty members and benefit from their expertise in specific content areas. The MSc program operates using a mentor model. The benefits of a mentor model are numerous including clarification of research and other funding support at time of application and focused supervision from the time of registration. The School offers competitive financial packages to highly qualified students in the form of teaching assistantships and entrance scholarships. Individual faculty members can "top up" a financial package from external grant sources to assist with recruitment of exceptional students.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Science
- Specialization: Kinesiology
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education
- School: School of Kinesiology

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Humber’s Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management graduate certificate program is designed to build on the knowledge you have acquired in your university… Read more
Humber’s Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management graduate certificate program is designed to build on the knowledge you have acquired in your university undergraduate degree by providing in-depth, hands-on instruction in the areas of fitness assessment, health and lifestyle counselling, exercise prescription and delivery, health promotion, group exercise leadership, health and fitness management, marketing and entrepreneurship, ergonomic assessment, and functional abilities assessment. Students learn in small groups, instructed by expert faculty currently employed in the fitness and health industry.

Our advisory committee provides regular review and input on our curriculum, ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
• Prescribe exercise programs that promote improved health status and/or improved physical performance.
• Perform a comprehensive consultation with a client and use the information collected to guide the development of an exercise training program.
• Provide appropriate instruction of exercise execution, including appropriate verbal and tactile cues.
• Utilize counselling skills to support a client in determining and meeting their fitness and lifestyle goals.
• Administer the CPAFLA protocol accurately, and interpret and communicate the results.
• Plan, implement, and evaluate a successful health promotion program or strategy.
• Instruct all components of a group exercise class.
• Describe the six classes of nutrients, the digestion and absorption of these nutrients, and outline the nutritional needs of a physically active person.
• Discuss nutritional and exercise needs, as well as considerations, for an individual through all phases of their lifespan.
• Support the operation of fitness and wellness facilities through the application of management and supervisory skills, such as human resources management, financial management, and risk management.
• Develop effective marketing tools and plans, and apply prospecting, personal selling, and customer service skills to develop and maintain a client base.

Modules

Semester 1
• ANAT 5003: Clinical Anatomy
• ESCI 5000: Exercise Prescription
• ESCI 5002: Advanced Fitness Assessment
• ESCI 5003: Occupational Biomechanics and Disability Management
• ESCI 5004: Therapeutic Exercise: Musculoskeletal Disorders
• ESCI 5006: ECG Interpretation
• ESCI 5007: Kinesiology as a Profession
• WORK 5000: On-Campus Internship 1

Semester 2
• ESCI 5550: Group Exercise Leadership
• ESCI 5551: Nutrition: Therapeutic and Performance Application
• ESCI 5552: Therapeutic Exercise: Special Populations
• ESCI 5553: Health Promotion
• ESCI 5555: Clinical Skills Lab
• MKTG 5552: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
• WORK 5500: On-Campus Internship 2
• WORK 5556: Field Experience

Work Placement

Experiential learning is an integral part of this program. The program features three unpaid internship courses, two of which take place on campus (semester 1 and semester 2) and the third of which takes place off campus in the spring, following semester 2. During the on-campus internship courses, students provide fitness assessments and testing, physical activity counselling and prescription services to Humber and partner employees as part of the Humber Centre for Healthy Living (Humber CHL). Students have the opportunity to run workshops for the Humber CHL and its partners, as well as providing healthy tips and videos for the Humber CHL website. Throughout the on-campus internship courses, students participate in seminars with their professors and classmates to critically analyze their experiences and develop the skills required for professional work.

The final work placement is a four-week block placement off campus with one of Humber’s industry partners.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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If you are already working, or aspire to work, in sport, exercise, recreation, we will provide you with the opportunity to upgrade your professional expertise. Read more
If you are already working, or aspire to work, in sport, exercise, recreation, we will provide you with the opportunity to upgrade your professional expertise.

You will study the traditional areas of exercise physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sport and exercise nutrition, and at the end of your course you will complete a major independent study related to your specific interests in sport and exercise science. You can also choose an option module which allows a more detailed consideration of the contributions of biomechanics, exercise physiology, physiology, psychology and nutrition to the study of sport and exercise.

During your course you will have the opportunity to apply for a range of professional development opportunities. Placements with Leeds United, Leeds Rugby and SportAid, as well as discipline-specific projects working with academic staff in the Carnegie Faculty are just a few examples of where past opportunities have taken place.

Sport & Active Lifestyles

At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportandexercisescience_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Our course enables you to develop an advanced level of subject knowledge and research experience, as well as a comprehensive range of transferable scientific and vocational skills. Your career choices may include leading sport science support programmes for teams and elite athletes, community sport, involvement in physical activity initiatives or interventions with the NHS and clinical populations, along with employment in national governing bodies and organisations.You will also be well equipped to pursue a higher degree through research.

- Health Promotion Specialist
- Sports Performance Analyst
- Community Sports Coach
- Healthy Lifestyle Officer

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our University is recognised as a leader in the field of sport and exercise science. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in sport-related studies in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2014 in which Leeds Beckett came second in the country for sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.

Much of our outstanding and pioneering research feeds directly into our taught modules providing the opportunity for you to develop the professional skills and expertise in the area of sport and exercise science.

Modules

Research Methods (20 credits)
This module focuses on the design of research projects as a way of answering questions and solving 'real world' problems in a reliable and valid manner.

Research & Professional Practice (20 credits)
This modules aims to develop an understanding of how to apply research into a range of professional contexts associated with sport and exercise science.

Major Independent Study (60 credits)
You will complete a research project of your choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Ideally you will aim to produce research of a publishable quality.

You will also need to select another four sport and exercise science modules with a minimum of three modules from the following:
Essentials of Sport & Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
Develop a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the structure and function of the main human systems during exercise.

Sport & Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)
Gain a good theoretical understanding of the current sport nutrition necessary to become a good sport and exercise practitioner, studying the general principles, concepts and underpinning theory in nutrition necessary for the development of nutrition strategies.

Applied Sport & Exercise Biomechanics (20 credits)
Explore the major aspects of kinematics, kinetics and other biomechanical techniques such as electromyography, becoming familiar with the use of biomechanical equipment and developing the ability to study motion by applying biomechanical principles to collected data.

Contemporary Issues in Sport Psychology (20 credits)
Examine the broad range of cutting-edge issues and trends that appear within contemporary sport psychology literature, as you gain an in-depth understanding of human behaviour in the sporting environment.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Society urgently needs experts with a multidisciplinary education in atmospheric and Earth System sciences. Climate change and issues of air quality and extreme weather are matters of global concern, but which are inadequately understood from the scientific point of view. Read more
Society urgently needs experts with a multidisciplinary education in atmospheric and Earth System sciences. Climate change and issues of air quality and extreme weather are matters of global concern, but which are inadequately understood from the scientific point of view. Not only must further research be done, but industry and business also need environmental specialists with a strong background in natural sciences. As new regulations and European Union directives are adopted in practice, people with knowledge of recent scientific research are required.

Upon graduating from the Programme you will have competence in:
-Applying experimental, computational and statistical methods to obtain and analyse atmospheric and environmental data.
-Knowledge applicable to solving global challenges such as climate change, air pollution, deforestation and issues related to water resources and eutrophication.
-Making systematic and innovative use of investigation or experimentation to discover new knowledge.
-Reporting results in a clear and logical manner.

The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee ranges from 13 000-18 000 euros. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees: https://studyinfo.fi/wp2/en/higher-education/higher-education-institutions-will-introduce-tuition-fees-in-autumn-2017/am-i-required-to-pay-tuition-fees/

Programme Contents

The six study lines are as follows:
Aerosol Physics
Aerosol particles are tiny liquid or solid particles floating in the air. Aerosol physics is essential for our understanding of air quality, climate change and production of nanomaterials. Aerosol scientists investigate a large variety of phenomena associated with atmospheric aerosol particles and related gas-to-particle conversion using constantly improving experimental, theoretical, model-based and data analysis methods. As a graduate of this line you will be an expert in the most recent theoretical concepts, measurement techniques and computational methods applied in aerosol research.

Geophysics of the Hydrosphere
Hydrospheric geophysics studies water in all of its forms using physical methods. It includes hydrology, cryology, and physical oceanography. Hydrology includes the study of surface waters such as lakes and rivers, global and local hydrological cycles as well as water resources and geohydrology, the study of groundwater. Cryology focuses on snow and ice phenomena including glacier mass balance and dynamics, sea ice physics, snow cover effects and ground frost. Physical oceanography covers saline water bodies, focusing on describing their dynamics, both large scale circulation and water masses, and local phenomena such as surface waves, upwelling, tides, and ocean acoustics. Scientists study the hydrosphere through field measurements, large and small scale modelling, and formulating mathematical descriptions of the processes.

Meteorology
Meteorology is the physics of the atmosphere. Its best-known application is weather forecasting, but meteorological knowledge is also essential for understanding, predicting and mitigating climate change. Meteorologists study atmospheric phenomena across a wide range of space and time scales using theory, model simulations and observations. The field of meteorology is a forerunner in computing: the development of chaos theory, for example, was triggered by the unexpected behaviour of a meteorological computer model. Meteorology in ATM-MP is further divided into dynamic meteorology and biometeorology. Dynamic meteorology is about large-scale atmospheric dynamics, modelling and observation techniques, whereas biometeorology focuses on interactions between the atmosphere and the underlying surface by combining observations and modelling to study the flows of greenhouse gases and energy with links to biogeochemical cycles, for example. As a graduate of the meteorology line, you will be an expert in atmospheric phenomena who can produce valuable new information and share your knowledge.

Biogeochemical Cycles
Biogeochemistry studies the processes involved in cycling of elements in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems by integrating physics, meteorology, geophysics, chemistry, geology and biology. Besides natural ecosystems, it also studies systems altered by human activity such as forests under different management regimes, drained peatlands, lakes loaded by excess nutrients and urban environments. The most important elements and substances studied are carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, water and phosphorus, which are vital for ecosystem functioning and processes such as photosynthesis. Biogeochemistry often focuses on the interphases of scientific disciplines and by doing so, it also combines different research methods. It treats ecosystems as open entities which are closely connected to the atmosphere and lithosphere. You will thus get versatile training in environmental issues and research techniques. As a graduate of this line you will be an expert in the functioning of ecosystems and the interactions between ecosystems and the atmosphere/hydrosphere/lithosphere in the context of global change. You will have knowledge applicable for solving global challenges such as climate change, air pollution, deforestation and issues related to water resources and eutrophication.

Remote Sensing
Remote sensing allows the collection of information about the atmosphere, oceans and land surfaces. Various techniques are applied for monitoring the state and dynamics of the Earth system from the ground, aircraft or satellites. While Lidar and radar scan from the surface or mounted on aircraft, instruments on polar orbiting or geostationary satellites permit measurements worldwide. In atmospheric sciences remote sensing has found numerous applications such as observations of greenhouse and other trace gases, aerosols, water vapour, clouds and precipitation, as well as surface observations, for example of vegetation, fire activity, snow cover, sea ice and oceanic parameters such as phytoplankton. Synergistic satellite data analysis enables the study of important processes and feedback in the climate system. Remote sensing advances climate research, weather forecasting, air quality studies, aviation safety and the renewable energy industry. As a graduate of the remote sensing line you will have broad expertise in the operational principles of remote sensing instruments as well as methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Analysis
Atmospheric chemistry studies the composition and reactions of the molecules that make up the atmosphere, including atmospheric trace constituents and their role in chemical, geological and biological processes, including human influence. The low concentrations and high reactivity of these trace molecules place stringent requirements on the measurement and modelling methods used to study them. Analytical chemistry is the science of obtaining, processing, and communicating information about the composition and structure of matter and plays an essential role in the development of science. Environmental analysis consists of the most recent procedures for sampling, sample preparation and sample analysis and learning how to choose the best analytical methods for different environmental samples. Physical atmospheric chemistry studies focus on the reaction types and reaction mechanisms occurring in the atmosphere, with emphasis on reaction kinetics, thermodynamics and modelling methods. As a graduate of this line you will have understanding of the chemical processes of the atmosphere and the latest environmental analytical methods, so you will have vital skills for environmental research.

Programme Structure

The basic degree in the Programme is the Master of Science (MSc). The scope of the degree is 120 credits (ECTS). As a prerequisite you will need to have a relevant Bachelor’s degree. The possible major subjects are Physics, Meteorology, Geophysics, Chemistry, and Forest Ecology. The programme is designed to be completed in two years. Studies in ATM-MP consist of various courses and project work: lecture courses, seminars, laboratory work and intensive courses.

Your first year of studies will consist mainly of lecture courses. During the second year, you must also participate in the seminar course and give a presentation yourself. There is also a project course, which may contain laboratory work, data analysis, or theoretical or model studies. You will have to prepare a short, written report of the project. There are also several summer and winter schools as well as field courses for students in the Programme. Many of the courses take place at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Southern Finland. The intensive courses typically last 5–12 days and include a concise daily programme with lectures, exercises and group work.

Career Prospects

There is a global need for experts with multidisciplinary education in atmospheric and environmental issues. Governmental environmental agencies need people who are able to interpret new scientific results as a basis for future legislation. Industry, transportation and businesses need to be able to adapt to new regulations.

As a Master of Science graduating from the Programme you will have a strong background of working with environmental issues. You will have the ability to find innovative solutions to complex problems in the field of environmental sciences, climate change and weather forecasting. Graduates of the Programme have found employment in Meteorological Institutes and Environmental Administration in Finland and other countries, companies manufacturing instrumentation for atmospheric and environmental measurements and analysis, and consultancy companies. The Master's degree in ATM-MP also gives you a good background if you intend to proceed to doctoral level studies.

Internationalization

The Programme offers an international study environment with more than 30% of the students and teaching staff coming from abroad.

The ATM-MP is part of a Nordic Nordplus network in Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies, which gives you good opportunities to take courses currently in fourteen Nordic and Baltic universities. There are also several Erasmus agreements with European universities. The PanEurasian Experiment (PEEX) project provides you with opportunities to carry out part of your studies especially in China and Russia.

Research Focus

All the units teaching in the Programme belong to the National Centre of Excellence (FCoE) in Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biological processes to the Global Climate (ATM), which is a multidisciplinary team of the Departments of Physics, Forest Sciences and Chemistry at the University of Helsinki, the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Eastern Finland (Kuopio) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

The main objective of FCoE ATM is to quantify the feedbacks between the atmosphere and biosphere in a changing climate. The main focus of the research is on investigating the following topics:
1. Understanding the climatic feedbacks and forcing mechanisms related to aerosols, clouds, precipitation and biogeochemical cycles.
2. Developing, refining and utilising the newest measurement and modelling techniques, from quantum chemistry to observations and models of global earth systems.
3. Creating a comprehensive understanding of the role of atmospheric clusters and aerosol particles in regional and global biogeochemical cycles of water, carbon, sulphur, nitrogen and their linkages to atmospheric chemistry.
4. Integrating the results in the context of understanding regional and global Earth systems.

In addition to the research focus of FCoE, current research in hydrospheric geophysics at Helsinki University has an emphasis on cryology, with a focus on the effect of aerosols on Indian glaciers, the impact of climate change on the Arctic environment, the dynamics of the Austfonna ice cap in Svalbard, and the winter season in the coastal zone of the Baltic Sea.

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This program provides advanced and up-to-date technical knowledge in design, material selection, and manufacturing of various electrical, mechanical and thermal systems and their components, as well as in materials technology. Read more
This program provides advanced and up-to-date technical knowledge in design, material selection, and manufacturing of various electrical, mechanical and thermal systems and their components, as well as in materials technology.

Program Objectives

As a result of major structural changes in Hong Kong’s economy, its industry has been going through an important transition. In the past decade, in response to the need for the enhancement of human resources to cope with changes arising from the transition, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is offering a range of innovative and practical courses in emerging fields, including advanced/smart materials, electronic packaging, CAD/CAM, MEMS, mechatronics, and advanced manufacturing technologies, each prepared and taught by leading specialists in the field. In addition to demand from graduates of local universities, graduates of overseas universities, including Mainland universities, in relevant engineering disciplines also feel the need to upgrade their qualifications. An advanced degree in mechanical engineering helps address this need, which is sustainable not just because there is strong local demand. The booming manufacturing and electronic industries in various sectors in the Pearl River Delta region, for which Hong Kong serves as the administration, marketing, logistics and technical support headquarter, also provide a strong and sizeable market for the offering of advanced studies at the PG level in mechanical engineering.

The Master of Science (MSc) program in Mechanical Engineering provides an excellent opportunity for fresh graduates, applied scientists and engineers to pursue an in-depth study at an advanced level in broad-based mechanical engineering disciplines, which is essential to the technological development of industry in Hong Kong and Mainland. Designed to benefit students with a broad range of backgrounds, the MSc program aims to enable them to acquire advanced up-to-date technical knowledge in emerging mechanical engineering fields, which will in turn enhance their skills and knowledge in the design and manufacturing of various electrical, mechanical and thermal systems and their components. as well as in materials technology.

Curriculum

To complete the MSc(MECH) program, students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits from any MESFxxxx designated courses.

Subject to course availability and student's completion of 18 credits from the following course list, students may add a concentration area of "Materials Technology" to the "letter of graduation" and "transcript" upon graduation.
-MESF 5010 Foundation of Solid Mechanics
-MESF 5040 Nanoscale Thin Films and Nano-Structured Materials
-MESF 5050 Fracture Behavior of Polymers
-MESF 5410 Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials
-MESF 5430 Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials
-MESF 5480 Polymer Nanocomposites
-MESF 5920 Fundamentals of Electronic Packaging

Students may also take MESF 6910 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering and/or MESF 6950 Independent Project in the area of Materials Technology to fulfill the requirement.

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits from the IBTMxxxx or MECHxxxx designated postgraduate courses offered by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to fulfill the degree requirement.

All courses carry 3 credits each, except MESF 6950 which is worth 3 or 6 credits.

Courses are offered subject to needs and availability.

Facilities

Students can enjoy library support, computer support, sports facilities, and email account at no extra cost. Upon graduation, students could also apply for related alumni services.

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