Erasmus+ | Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM) is a 2 year program run by 6 universities in Europe and North America.

Central European University, Hungary/Austria
University of the Aegean, Greece
Lund University, Sweden
University of Manchester, UK 
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Monterey Institute for International Studies, USA

Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management

MESPOM offers inter and multidisciplinary curriculum in an international perspective for students to solve complex environmental sustainability problems. The program assimilates theory and practice for environmental analysis and management of key issues in various social settings. Students in association with academic, governmental, non-profit organizations and businesses acquire various skills in addition to their academic training. The MESPOM program has 18 partners connecting students to professional and academic organizations in 15 countries and 4 continents.

MESPOM offers specialization in many topics, including; conservation, biodiversity, urban sustainability, environmental justice, sustainable energy, climate change, environmental security, sustainable consumption and production.

New students enrolled for September 2020 session will start their studies in the new campus of Central European University located in Austria.
The program includes spending a Spring semester at the University of the Aegean and the second year’s Fall semester at Lund University or The University of Manchester. MESPOM graduates will be awarded multiple degree certificates. Due to the campus relocation, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarships will not be available for MESPOM students in 2020-2022. Other types of funding options will be available, e.g. partial tuition fee waivers and CEU Master’s excellence scholarships for the study period at Austria.

Program Outline

MESPOM is a 120 ECTS, 22 month master’s program. Fall and Winter terms of the first year are hosted by Central European University , the spring term is hosted by the University of the Aegean. In summer, internships are offered which are supervised by MESPOM faculty and hosted by associated partners or other organisations. Fall term of the second year offers students to study at the Lund University or the University of Manchester. Students can spend their final semester (thesis) term in any of the partner universities. 453 students were addmited to the MESPOM program representing more than 70 countries and 5 continents.

The semester one is hosted in Austria with contributions from Lund University and the University of Manchester under the theme environmental transitions and social change. The students study technological, political, scientific and economic aspects of environmental challenges and issues. The second semester (land, water and ecosystem) is held by University of the Aegean, which features courses on land management, water management, biodiversity, waste management, GIS and environmental modeling.

A summer internship is offered after the second semester. In the third semester student choose a specialization track in either environmental strategies in the public and private sector (Lund University) or environmental sciences and pollution control (the University of Manchester). Semester four involves a master’s thesis which can be pursued by the student in any partner university

Eligibility criteria

Entry to the MESPOM program requires applicants to have a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline: environmental science, environmental policy, environmental management or environmental studies. Candidates with other academic background such as economics, legal studies, administrative studies, social sciences, agricultural studies, engineering or natural sciences etc can apply, but their volunteer work, work experience, motivation and environmental commitment will be analyzed for admission.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit English proficiency certificate. TOEFL (iBT:88, pBT: 570, cBT: 230), IELTS: 6.5, CPE: C grade, CAE: B grade.

MESPOM Consortium does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, race, religion, gender, color, national and ethnic origin in its admission process, educational policies, examinations or scholarships.


Central European University organizes the application process on behalf of the MESPOM Consortium. 2020-2022 applications are required to be applied electronically with necessary documents, before the deadlines mentioned below:

  • January 30, 2020: For scholarship applicants
  • April 15, 2020: For self-funded applicants (non-EU/non-EEA)
  • August 14, 2020: For self-funded applicants (EU/EEA)

The documents required for the application include:

– CV or Resume
– Bachelor diploma certificate and transcript
– English language proficiency certificate
– CEU Application form
– 2 letters of recommendation
– Academic writing sample (essay on career goals) max. 350 words statement

Further queries regarding the admissions process should be addressed to the CEU Admissions office or by e-mail to Information regarding faculty members is available here.

More information on the eligibility and application process can be found here.

MESPOM offers several forms of financial assistance, including tuition fee waivers and living stipends for outstanding students. Information regarding living expenses in Europe is available here. More information regarding the program is available at the FAQs section.

Additional information

Additional information is available to students by writing to the MESPOM Consortium Coordinator ( Interested candidates are encouraged to use the Facebook group ‘Study at MESPOM’ for informal chats and information.


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