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Choosing a Programme
Confused on which programme to choose? Not able to narrow down your programme options? In this section, we attempt to provide you some insight into what each programme has to offer. We hope that by the time you reach the end of this page, it has been of some assistance to help you choose a programme of your choice!
Globally, it is agreed that two factors should, to a great extent, influence choice of a study programme - your personality and your interests. Popular research also suggests that the type of programme you choose affects your learning, grades earned and, ultimately, your satisfaction with the graduation earned. Choosing the programme that would motivate you to excel involves spending quality time in evaluating your goals, interests, aptitude and ultimately the career path that you want to follow. It is surely worth spending the time today to reflect carefully on this rather than experience any dissatisfaction later!
Ask yourself some questions, before you narrow down your choice of a study programme:
- What are my interests?
- What type of work do I enjoy?
- What type of skills do I possess?
- What type of career do I want to see myself in?
- Does the programme of my choice lead me to such a career?
TERI U currently offers fourteen programmes (enlisted below). We provide you, against each, an overview of: conditions of eligibility, skill sets to be learned, future career options and alumni details.
MSc Economics (Specializing in Environmental and Resource Economics)
The program aims to give a thorough grounding in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and quantitative methods, alongside an in-depth knowledge of the economics and policy of environmental pollution, renewable and non-renewable resource use, and interaction between globalization and environmental degradation. You could expect to acquire a high degree of technical ability and a sound understanding of economic theory to cater to career needs in governments, corporations, international organizations, and academia.
MSc (Climate Science and Policy)
A unique programme, designed to provide with the necessary skills in socio-economic, natural sciences, policy and regulatory issues to prepare the students to tackle issues related to climate change. The programme will provide grounding in climate science and policy issues, and will equip the students with the expertise to work in areas of and related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
MSc (Environmental Studies and Resource Management)
The programme provides an optimal blend of theory and practice with an interdisciplinary approach through its philosophy, curriculum design, and pedagogy. The programme covers a range of disciplines, including natural science, applied science, social science, management science, and information and communication technology. You will be exposed to the application of specialized knowledge to real life problems. The programme integrates sustainability issues throughout the curriculum and helps to develop the ability to react to present and future problems.
This programme will equip students and professionals to undertake project management, with a thorough understanding of law and policy, apart from RS/GIS/GPS and modelling techniques. An option to choose elective courses like landscape ecology, integrated impact assessment, environmental modelling, watershed management, and climate change to understand the interdisciplinary applications of geoinformatics would serve to be an advantage for students. On completion of this programme the students will possess the confidence and skills to attract a wide range of potential employers in public and private organizations.
MSc (Plant Biotechnology)
Intended for science graduates, this is a unique laboratory-intensive programme wherein scientific training is imparted while also providing an overview of regulatory issues and bioethical concerns related to plant biotechnology. Courses in mathematics and communication skills are included to address biological problems in an inter-disciplinary and integrative manner. You would acquire specialized knowledge and practical experience required to creatively address contemporary research problems.
MBA (Business Sustainability)
Aims to equip the students with acumen to lead in a resource-sensitive world, and would facilitate the inculcation of the basic tenets of inclusion and sustainability. The learning process is highly participatory and the student will be encouraged to debate on sustainability principles and practices and brainstorm on multiple solutions for the contemporary sustainability challenges that business organizations of the twenty-first century face, or are likely to face. All of this is in addition to development of core management functionalities.
The program aims to responds to the human resource needs of the infrastructure sector that is expected to experience rapid growth. You will be equipped with managerial skills in core subjects and with knowledge of the technical, regulatory, and sustainability aspects of infrastructure management. You could specialize in managerial skills pertaining to specific sectors, such as energy, transport, roads, and telecom. The curriculum includes a unique blend of academic courses, exposure to real life cases, and project experience.
MA (Sustainable Development Practice)
This programme aims at building globally relevant capacity in sustainable development practice through cross disciplinary education. The programme is primarily intended for development professionals, seeking holistic understanding of global challenges, and students with a passion to work in the field of development. On graduation, a student will be equipped to tackle the challenges of extreme poverty, disease, climate change, and ecosystem vulnerability. A key element of this programme is field training spread across four semesters.
MA (Public Policy and Sustainable Development)
The program encompasses a comprehensive two-year curriculum (one year contact and one year on-the-job) on public policy formulation, analysis, evaluation, management, and links with development concerns. With a judicious mix of courses covering basic concepts, a practical orientation, and new methodologies and tools, the programme intends to allow future leaders in the governments and other organizations/agencies to enhance awareness of the public policy environment. The curriculum would sharpen the understanding of the effects that policy decisions have on political, economic, social, and environmental aspects in domestic and international domains.
MTech (Urban Development and Management)
A relatively new programme - designed to build a pool of competent urban professionals having requisite technical and managerial capabilities, and understanding of social, economic, environmental, and legal issues associated with the urban development, infrastructure, and real estate sectors. This unique programme promotes learning through research based teaching and engagement of practitioners. The programme will equip a student for a successful career in public and private sector organizations engaged in developing real estate and urban infrastructure.
MTech (Renewable Energy Engineering and Management)
This programme aims to meet the human resource requirements of the rapidly expanding fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation. The programme addresses the technical, management, policy, regulatory, and economic aspects of solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, biofuels and biomass, grid integration, energy efficiency, energy conservation, energy auditing, and green buildings. The students will be trained to analyse the environment, energy, and socio-economic implications of green energy systems. At the end of the programme a student will be technically competent to deal with the challenges of energy related issues of sustainable development.
Multitrack programme on Water Science and Governance
The imminent water crisis due to population surges, aging infrastructures, climate change, rapid industrialisation, urbanisation, etc. has created a demand for multi-skilled, trans-disciplinary water leaders. The programme M.Sc/ M.Tech (Water Science and Governance) has been designed with intensive consultations and participation of eminent experts from government; industry; NGOs; multi-lateral organizations; consultancies; and academicians from SAARC countries, Australia and Europe to create individuals who understand and believe in inclusive water resource management. The students of this programme are moulded and equipped to take up jobs in the following organizations.
1. Corporate houses: In the last decade corporate houses have started to recognize that water is a key element in their success and the dwindling resource may result in stronger clashes among competing uses. Thus they are investing in experts who could help them reduce, recycle and reuse the water available to them.
2. Water industry: Water scarcity, both due to quality and quantity has led to investments in water based projects such as water treatment plants for treating municipal and industrial waste water and drinking water, desalination plants for addressing the growing demand and water bottling plants for easy accessibility to good quality water.
3. Government departments: With water being categorized as one of the top five risks, government departments like public health, drinking water and sanitation, water supply, pollution control board etc. are hiring people who could assist them in tackling this issue.
4. Donor agencies and NGOs: There are vast areas in developing nations which do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. There are several donor agencies that are supporting institutions to make water and sanitation available and accessible to this segment of population thus creating a plethora of opportunities. Several independent NGO's are also working in this sector.
5. Research organizations: Proliferating water issues has given rise to enormous need for scientific expertise and knowledge for suggesting innovative solutions to the problem.
6. Band of entrepreneurs: The huge prospects in this sector can also motivate some enthusiastic students to take this up as a business proposition.
LLM programme with specialisation in Environment and Natural Resources Law and Infrastructure and Business Law
Environmental laws and Infrastructure laws are two emerging fields in legal practice. There is a dearth of qualified legal professionals in both these fields. It is in this context that TERI University offers a one year LL.M. programme with specialisation in Environment and Natural Resources Law and Infrastructure and Business Law.
Advanced PG diploma in Renewable Energy / Certificate Course in Renewable Energy
This is a programme offered in the distance learning mode. By taking learning beyond the classroom, this programme aims to create and share knowledge in the field of renewable energy, environment, and sustainable development using innovative learning tools, thereby enabling to enhance the capabilities and foster intellectual growth in a truly virtual environment. The programme has been designed to provide training to working professionals and graduates from a range of science, engineering, and related disciplines, in the area of renewable energy. The programme mainly focuses on the current trends, potential, policies, challenges, issues, and possible solutions in the area.