Student Perspective | Jemila Mellin | MSc Environment Science and Climate Change

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course as it covers a wide array of topics, led by very knowledgeable lecturers, who promote a relaxed environment in class, encouraging active involvement and engagement.
23rd February 2024

What brought you to the University of Gibraltar?

As an educator, this is a topic which is rapidly gaining importance and is increasingly integrated in schools. I personally find it very interesting and relevant. When I came across the course advertisement on the university website, I thought it encompassed a wide variety of areas which would broaden my understanding and knowledge in environmental studies and their connection to climate change. Living in Gibraltar, pursuing university studies from home was incredibly convenient, allowing for a balance between work and home life.

How has your experience of the programme and the university been so far?

Having been out of academia for 15 years, I have found this course caters to everyone regardless of previous studies. The initial weeks cover a diverse range of subjects to ensure a good overall understanding. Although I initially felt very overwhelmed with scientific writing and reading, all lecturers have been approachable and friendly and available to discuss any issues. I have thoroughly enjoyed this course as it covers a wide array of topics, led by very knowledgeable lecturers, who promote a relaxed environment in class, encouraging active involvement and engagement. Class sizes are quite small and facilitate a more personal learning experience. Throughout the course, I have improved my presentation skills through activities such as Journal Clubs where we are required to analyse papers, summarise and present the main ideas to the class.

“I feel I have gained and developed a variety of essential skills including critical thinking, adaptability, and effective communication preparing me for the future.”

The programme also includes lectures from a variety of experts in the field, which has broadened my knowledge and understanding on a range of diverse topics, particularly viewing a range of environmental issues and considering multiple perspectives and interconnections between them. Finally, the programme is intense but extremely interesting and enjoyable. I feel I have gained and developed a variety of essential skills including critical thinking, adaptability, and effective communication preparing me for the future, thanks to the holistic programme offered by the University of Gibraltar.

As part of your degree you have spent some time on placement; what was that like?

The highlight of this course is the placement aspect as it allows for practical application of skills learnt in lectures through a range of activities such as conducting surveys, species identification, sample analysis in the lab and constructing bug hotels. Practical work has allowed me to apply methodologies learnt in class in the field. The extensive range of activities provides hands-on experiences, which are crucial for valuable learning and skill development. The placement runs through most of the course and allows you to visit many local institutions and organisations and understand what each one does in relation to environmental practices, as well as provide opportunities to interact with industry professionals and experts.

How have you found student life at the University of Gibraltar?

The University of Gibraltar hosts a wide range of activities and events, which cater to everyone from seminars to themed days. The induction day at the University includes stands from many sporting and leisure associations within Gibraltar allowing you sign up and find out more information from them. Fresher’s week starts the experience by welcoming newcomers with many opportunities to meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures through a range of activities such as dolphin sightseeing trips and nights out. Throughout the year, the University hosts themes days: Pancake Day, Gibraltar’s National Day, Clean up the World Day, pumpkin carving competitions and many more. Each student is also encouraged to sign up to the ‘UniEngage’ app which is a social media platform. I found this particularly useful as it informed me of upcoming events and any other relevant information.
The university provides a truly international experience, allowing students to interact with people from all over the world in a unique setting in the Mediterranean.
  • MSc

    Master in Environmental Science & Climate Change

    Green skills are essential for the transition towards a Green Economy. Designed and delivered by expert academics and scientists and in conjunction with local stakeholders, this full-time interdisciplinary programme blends theoretical study with practical, field-based work.[...]

    1 Year

    Yes Placement option

    Full Time

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