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Environment and Sustainable Development

Four-year Bachelor’s study programme Environment and Sustainable Development aims to elaborate on the issues of environmental protection, such as pollution, climate change, and biodiversity preservation, from both ecological and economic perspective.

The programme develops the ability to understand the environment and resources of the economy, to define theoretical basics and practical tools of the analysis, quantifications, and the interpretation of the indicator of environmental condition, preservation, and improvement.

The programme results from a need to gain specific knowledge of fundamental sciences, but also sciences relating to environmental economics and resources, which are today unavoidable factors in interdisciplinary understanding of environmental phenomenology.

The study programme is the right choice for all those who want to become experts in understanding and creating solutions to contemporary ecological problems. Economic analysis is necessary, especially today, for defining usefulness, expenses, and assessment of efficiency of various environmental protection instruments and designing new interventions on the way to sustainable development.

The uniqueness of the programme is in the fact that there is an optimum correspondence between knowledge of and skills at fundamental sciences (primarily natural sciences and mathematics) with knowledge and skills relating to socioeconomic fields.

What to do after graduation?

There is an increasing need for experts in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. Upon graduation, graduates may find employment in the following institutions/organisations:

  • international organisations for the protection of nature and the environment;
  • public services and enterprises, local autonomies, agencies, and directions for environmental protection, state and city governments, secretariats;
  • the economy and industry: every type of production and processing requires experts in environmental protection;
  • tourist organisations, organisations managing protected natural goods;
  • consulting houses and agencies dealing with environmental protection;
  • civil society organisations (NGOs) dealing with environmental protection;
  • entrepreneurship and freelance business activities in the field of environmental protection (managing eco-projects, eco-remediation, assessing effects on and risks to the environment, plausibility and justification studies, application of standards and environmental protection certification, etc.)


hat Tuition fee for this study program in English is 3300 € for 60 ECTS, paid in RSD.

hatAfter successfully completing the studies, students gain the title GRADUATE ANALYST OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Entrance exam for students’ enrolment at the study programme Environment and Sustainable Development includes:

  • Specific knowledge test in Biology (60 points)

After the online admission, candidates will receive credentials with which they will be able to sign in on the online exam testing platform Link. Upon recieveing the credentials on the said platform the candidates will be able to access the necessery materials for exam preparation

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for Foreign Citizens

I year

Critical team analysis of phenomena in the living world correlating with environmental factors. Recognising basic forms and the adaptation of animal and plant organisms, their tissues and organs. Understanding the way in which ecosystems function through energy flow and matter circulation.

Basic theoretical and practical elements of mathematics. The ability to apply systematised mathematical knowledge in the research on the environment and its processes. Mastering MATLAB Software Package for solving various problems using numerical methods.

How to make decisions and create public policy in the field of environmental protection in Serbia? What is the role of the Ministry and what kind of importance do local communities, cities, and municipalities have? What are ecological social movements and why are they among the most influential in Europe and the world? How can popular culture contribute to raising ecological awareness in people?

Basic terms in the field of information technology, hardware and software basics of contemporary computing systems and the notion of networking and the Internet. Basics of information literacy relating to operative systems, database work, the usage of programmes for text processing, tables, and the Internet are to be mastered through practical laboratory practice.

What is ecology and what are the geological features of the planet Earth? What is plate tectonics and what is its relationship with earthquakes and volcanism? How are rocks formed and how do they change with time? What is geochemistry? What leads to geological space devastation? How to preserve geo-legacy?

Principles of chemistry and biochemistry and their relationship to the environment. Chemical processes in the environment. How do pollutants react with an ecosystem and living beings? What is pollution monitoring? What are biomolecules and why are they important? How does a laboratory look like and what are the rules of behaving and working there?

Knowledge of economics is very applicable in everyday life. In order to manage your finances better or to be a successful company manager, you need to know basics of economics. Knowledge of economics will help you better understand the world and contemporary economic problems, such as financial crises and increase in social inequalities.

Students advance their receptive and productive language skills and acquire accuracy of expression in various situations and in the context of different topics – equalising the abilities at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

II year

Knowledge of key categories regarding pollution problems and causes of ecological crisis. Issues related to usage and exploitation of natural resources, ethical aspects of ecology, population growth and development influences on the environment. What are contemporary ecological problems? How are we to solve them? How should we understand in the best possible way the relations in complex systems nature-society, nature-society-technology-ecology?

What is biodiversity and why is it of crucial importance to the survival of humankind? What is the relationship between biodiversity and sustainable development? What are the most efficient methods of biodiversity preservation? How to design a strategy on and programme of biodiversity preservation? What does the principle “use it or lose it” mean and why is it necessary to accept it? What is the relationship between biodiversity preservation and the wellbeing of humankind?

Understanding rules, processes, and conditions in the environment. Understanding physicochemical processes, whose influences are strongly reflected in pollutant hemodynamics in the mediums of the environment (water, air, soil), the condition and action of abiotic factors, and their dynamic interaction with biotic components in the environment.

What is natural hazard? Which natural processes have led to the disappearance of dinosaurs? Which natural processes can lead to the disappearance of civilisation as we know it today? Why and how do floods, landslides, and other processes, which could be characterized as hazardous, occur? The reaction of society and responsible services to the occurrences of natural hazard.

In what way is the environment in Serbia protected? What ecological standards should be fulfilled when starting up a personal business? How is the control of ecological standard conduct maintained? What are the challenges in the practical application of environmental law?

What does the concept of integral management of water resources mean? How to plan appropriate answers of society with the aim of preserving water resources? What skills are needed for assessing the conditions and planning sustainable management of water resources at local, national, and international levels? What is the relationship between climate change and water resources? How can we independently design a water safety action plan?

Why are chronic non-communicable diseases so widespread in the modern world? Which environmental factors influence their occurrence? Why is the fast development of cities both a huge economic opportunity and a big ecological challenge? How does noise influence health and how does increased air pollutant concentration influence health and lifespan? How do green spaces in urban areas influence the quality of life of the contemporary man? Are we exposed to radiation, what is the relationship between climate factors and mortality?

Students will reach a higher level of English language knowledge and develop all language skills at the upper-intermediate level (B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). At this level, the skills are strengthened with the aim of systematising the existing level of knowledge and then moving to an upper level.

III year

What is “food waste”? How much produced food is lost or discarded? Why one part of human population wastes food while the other starves? What are the effects of this phenomena on the environment? How to prevent the occurrence of excessive food waste? What skills are needed for appropriate planning of food waste management?

What is ecotoxicology? What groups of toxicants are there and what is their future in the environment? What kind of processes are there in living ecosystems during the exposure to toxic substances? What are toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics? How are we to manage risks of toxic substances?

How should we understand and accept space? How should we locate buildings and what are the stages of mapping? How are we to understand a map and use it as a base? What is an observation point and what is terrain route planning? How are to make a good documentary photography? How are we to form a database of mapped places?

What are the instruments that connect ecological and economic aspects of environmental preservation? What does the principle „the polluter pays“ mean? What kind of financial transfers are there between a polluter and a local community? What is the role of ecological and economic instruments and what kind of efficiency do they have in the environmental protection system?

The structure and content of English Language 3 course is a continuation of English Language 2 course and its goal is to raise the level of English language knowledge and to develop all 4 language skills – speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing, for general and specific purposes – which here move to the C1 level of language knowledge, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

What is a forest and what are its benefits for humankind? What products can we obtain form a forest? What are generally useful forest functions and to what extent does the human population depend on them? What is the degree of endangerment of forest ecosystems and how are we to preserve them and advance them? The importance of forests to mitigating climate change effects. What skills are needed for the appropriate management of the most complex land ecosystems?

Why does the Planet lose 74 species every day? What are the causes of appearance and disappearance of species? What is genetic diversity and to what extent is it important for life survival on Earth? What is conservation and does it mean a complete absence of the man in natural ecosystems? What skills are needed to become a good conserver of nature and endangered species?

In the contemporary business environment, every company competing for a high market position has to coordinate its business activities with the principles of an efficient use of resources and environmental protection standards. What are the benefits of green economy compared to the traditional way of economic growth?

An average four-member household in Serbia produces 1.6 tons of waste per year, while more than 80 % of it ends up at rubbish dumps. Waste recycling has for long been very profitable in developed countries, while Serbia imports large amounts of raw material, as selection and recycling are not developed. What are the potentials of circular economy? What is a precondition for its efficient application in practice?

What does the notion of a protected natural good mean? Who is it we protect nature from? What are the existing mechanisms of the protection and preservation of natural goods and how efficient are they? What kind of skills do you need to master in order to appropriately plan the sustainable management of natural goods? Design a protected natural good management plan on your own.

What do we mean by a biological resource? How are we to use biological resources in a sustainable way and fulfil the needs of the human population? How are we to design and manage sustainable production systems by applying traditional knowledge and contemporary achievements? How should we develop and strengthen ecological value chains? What are collective economy and ecological production?

IV year

The course during which you will learn how and why climate change occurs and why the climate change issue is one of the key issues in contemporary international relations. You will find out how today’s world fights negative effects of climate change and why it is important for the global economic development.

What is a project? When does a project become an ecoproject? How are we to get and develop our own idea by applying participation techniques? Who are stakeholders and why are they important? How does a project team function? How should we manage a project budget? How is the project sustainability achieved? What are monitoring and evaluation? Where can we find financial means for realising our own project ideas? How can one become a good project leader?

Students are able to use all language skills at the C1-C1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Also, they are pragmatically aware and may apply the acquired knowledge in various language environments – and for various purposes.

Air, water, and soil, as bearers of life on the planet Earth, are the main indicators of natural or anthropogenic influences and activities. What are the processes of the devastation of the living space? What are the methods of monitoring changes in spaces of interest? How are samples taken and what are the methods of analysing samples? How is the path of environmental pollutants monitored in real time? How can we make a database with data on environmental conditions and what is the role of such databases?

What kind of personal and business skills do you need to have in order to be able to compete on the work market, to find employment easily, and to be a successful employee? Professional practice in the economy and concrete study research work on a project and/or final paper will enable you to develop these skills.

How does the development of tourism influence the environment? To what extent is the protected environment important for the development of tourism? What are the conflicts and/or interests between preserving natural and cultural legacy and the development of tourist capacities? How are we to develop a sustainable tourist product and destination? What are the methods of greening and shortening of value chains in tourism? What is ecotourism and is it sustainable?

How should we understand a local community? Which sustainability principles is the development of local communities based on? How important are territorial specificities for planning the wellbeing of a local community? How are we to assess the degree of the development of a local community? What is participation and who does it include? What are the principles of the EU and good practice of the sustainable development of local communities?

What is an urban ecosystem? How can we achieve a high level of life quality in urban areas? How does urbanisation influence the environment? How should we assess the value of urban ecosystems and their services? How can we design ecosystems to achieve the wellbeing of human population in urban areas?

What kind of air pollutants are there? How do they enter the atmosphere and how are they transformed? How strong is the influence of air pollution on people’s health? How important is it to prevent air pollution? What are the measures for and methods of decreasing air pollution?

How are we to assess the impact of human activities on the environment? What kind of law obligations are there in the field of assessing environmental impact? How can we conduct the process of assessing environmental impact? How can we make an environmental impact assessment study on our own?

What kind of environmental risks are there? How important is it to invest in natural disaster prevention? How can we improve the readiness to efficiently react in case of a natural disaster? How can we recognise ecological and social risks conditioned by climate change? How are we to master the principles of risk assessment in the environment? How can we make an environmental risk assessment study on our own?

* Elective courses depend on the number of candidates