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The course has been designed to provide an integrated and coherent postgraduate programme of environmental science study. It is intended to provide a high level of training for those who are involved or wish to be involved in planning and decision making where environmental concerns are a major consideration. The principal focus of the programme will be environmental issues in a European context. The part-time route normally requires attendance on one day per week.
The MSc programme has three core modules:
The first, Environmental Management and Policy, will demonstrate the progress and detail examples of national strategies within Europe and of other international initiatives. Also considered will be the continuing theoretical debate about the greening of policy-making and environmentalism.
The second core module provides a comprehensive training in the range of qualitative and quantitative research methods employed in environmental science, including statistical and other analytical techniques.
The final core module is an applied project based on issues raised in the other two core units.
Core modules are supported by more specialised options. You will be able to choose and specialise in three modules across a range of environmental contexts including: Assessing and Managing Climate Change, Energy Resource Management, Environmental Restoration, Sustainable Urban Environments, Wastes Management, and Water Resource Management. Each of these modules will enable you to explore more extensively the relationships between theory and practice in specific areas by reference to detailed case studies. They will also lay the basis for an independent research thesis, which constitutes the final part of the course (equivalent to three single modules).
The MSc programme will be delivered by a range of teaching methods but particular emphasis will be placed upon hands-on experience, whether through practical sessions introducing a variety of skills for environmental scientists or through work in the field. Most of the theory will be taught through a programme of seminars and keynote lectures, whilst the project and research thesis (dissertation) will be supported by close staff supervision and guidance.
For the award of the MSc you would need to complete the three compulsory modules, three optional modules and the research thesis.
Special course features
* Theoretical aspects of modules supported by site visits
* Broad range of optional modules supported by research and consultancy
* Applied project
* Environmental policy and management
* Research methods
* Assessing and managing climate change
* Energy resource management
* Environmental restoration
* Sustainable urban environments
* Wastes management
* Water resource management
* Research thesis