Second Level degree in Environmental Sustainability and Civil Protection

Second Level degree in Environmental Risk and Civil Protection A.Y. 2021/2022
This course has a duration of two years.
A three year first level Degree, or an equivalent academic qualification (e.g. BSc) from a foreign university is required for the enrolment.
Our MSc in Environmental Risk and Civil Protection (Italian class LM-75) aims to train specialists in analysing and managing the complex relationship between the man and the environment, in the context of sustainable management of natural resources, and planning and coordination of civil protection initiatives. Activated in the academic year 2006-2007 as a MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Civil Protection, in 2015-16 its title was changed, together with its content and structure, in order to improve professional skills. The course strongly deals with the themes of 'risk', declined in many of its components. A distinctive feature of this course is the interdisciplinary approach to the study of natural processes, including extreme events and their consequences on socio-economic systems. Students acquire specific skills in risk assessment (chemical, industrial risk, fire risk and prevention, geological, climatic, biological, ecological risk) and civil protection, both in the field of forecasting,
prevention and mitigation of extreme natural events, and in the planning and management of emergencies (disaster risk reduction, GIS tools in environmental and civil protection, integrated emergency management, medicine for major
emergencies and disasters), in addition to environmental protection (legislation and environmental monitoring, waste management and environmental remediation, nature conservation and management of protected areas, environmental certifications and regulations, environmental sustainability and renewable energy). The laboratory and field practices, the other professional activities in environmental monitoring, telecommunication techniques, remote sensing, fire fighting techniques and emergencies at sea, as well as the final dissertation, complete the training, allowing the student to apply theoretical knowledge to either real or simulated situations. The training path is a continuation of the bachelor degree course in Environmental Sciences and Civil Protection (Italian class L-32) of this university; moreover, it is also open to graduates of other degree classes, interested in extending their knowledge and know-how on the aforementioned issues. The access to the course is open, subject to the verification of the curricular requirements and, if needed, an interview will assess the adequacy of the preparation. At the end of the course, the title of Master Degree in Environmental Risk and Civil Protection is achieved. The title allows access to Postgraduate Courses and PhD programs. In particular, at the Polytechnic University of Marche, a doctoral program in Sciences, Civil and Environmental Protection curriculum, has been active for years, which represents the natural follow up for graduates who intend to continue in research and third level university studies. The possession of the MsC degree in Environmental Risk and Civil Protection also allows access, after examination and / or training, to the Italian professional registers (DPR 328/2001 and DM 386/2007 annex 2) of biologists, geologists, territorial planners, agronomists and doctors in forestry.

This course addresses the topics of sustainable development, environmental management and civil protection. Our graduates are also expected to acquire an interdisciplinary preparation covering scientific, legal and managerial subjects, that will allow an integrated approach to the problems posed by environmental degradation and major natural and/or anthropic emergencies, as well as the necessary competence to be able to propose action for preventive monitoring, emergency management and the recovery of damaged environments. The didactic activities are therefore oriented towards a knowledge of the problems related to different types of environmental risks (biological, chemical, geological and climatic), an understanding of economic, legislative, environmental and civil protection issues, work on methodologies for environmental recovery and activities concerning general aspects and applications of environmental sustainability, with particular reference to the study of alternative energy resources. Theoretical and/or practical activities in the field of integrated management of major emergencies are also provided.
The distinctive features of the course are agreements with public bodies such as the National and Regional Civil Protection Agencies, National Research Council, ARPAM, State Forestry Corps, Fire Department that allow laboratory demonstrations and in-the-field activities to be performed with the direct involvement of the experts, the facilities and the equipment of the above mentioned agencies. In this way, students can complete their education through the application of theoretical knowledge in real or simulated situations, even in the aftermath of recent events.
Function in a work context:
Consultant in the environmental field for the degraded ecosystems monitoring and recovery
Ability to perform and coordinate sampling activities of different environmental matrices and subsequent laboratory analysis through the use of advanced analytical methods for the assessment of contamination levels
Development of tools for of socio-environmental processes spatial analysis
Development of strategies for the use of energy in a sustainable way (both coming from renewable sources or fossil fuels)
Coordinating and management of civil protection environmental emergencies
Clear and unambiguously communication of an environmental or of a civil protection emergency (media, planners, policy makers, legislators)
Design and development of environmental education and civil protection projects
Promotion of public activities aimed at the risks prevention and spread a risk prevention and environmental sustainability culture
Writing research projects and funding requests
This course prepares graduates for the following professions:
Managers of environmental, chemical, biological and microbiological analysis laboratories
Civil protection coordinators 
Emergency Planners (plan development)
Environmental protection strategy planners 
Experts in energy and environmental certification for buildings
Teachers of scientific and technical subjects
Istat Professions
Planners, landscape architects and specialists in the recovery and conservation of the territory
Career Opportunities
The course in Environmental Sustainability and Civil Protection provides graduates with professional skills for activities at executive-level, typical of technical professions concerning the sciences and similar subjects, specialists in the recovery and conservation of the territory, specialists in training and research, as defined by the ISTAT classification.
The professional openings expected for graduates include access to managerial positions in public institutions (including the Civil Protection Agency) or private structures responsible for the control and protection of the environment or environmental impact assessment and recovery of damaged environments; public or private environmental research organizations dealing with alternative energy resources and civil protection (CNR, ARPA, Ispra).
For the teaching and the research activities related to civil protection issues, Science signed an agreement with the National Department of Civil Protection and the Department of Regione Marche Political Integrated Safety and Civil Protection.