This course provides high-level research training in the latest developments in the conservation of ecosystems and the environment. It is designed to develop the solid theoretical grounding, skills and real-world experience that employers are looking for.
It is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary programme, which covers the physical, life and social sciences. It also provides an understanding of how to ensure that research has real-world impact. This will best prepare students for a career in research and possible PhD studies.
Graduates of this course are ideally placed to work for large international or small local NGOs, contribute to the work of international organisations such as the UN and World Bank, or advise government policy.
Many graduates may aspire to continuing within academia after graduation, and will find that this MRes will set them apart from other PhD candidates.
The MRes in Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment provides the solid theoretical grounding, skills and real-world experience that employers are looking for. Graduates are ideally placed to work for large international or small local NGOs, contribute to the work of international organisations such as the UN and World Bank, or advise government policy.
Week 1 Registration, Induction and GCEE seminars (Oct 2014)
Week 2 GIS/Environmental data module
Week 3 Statistics and programming module
Week 4 Directed study: submit coursework assignment 1 [ECTS 11.25]
Week 5 Physical environment module
Week 6 Biological environment module
Week 7 Social-ecological systems module
Week 8 Policy analysis module
Week 9 Science communication module
Week 10 Directed study: submit coursework assignment 2 [ECTS 11.25]
Week 11 Project planning
Week 12 Project planning: submit outline
Term Two: Working on research project throughout term
Term Three: Continue working on project.
Week 33: Submit mid-project report
Week 34: Mid-term viva and feedback
Week 35: Summer school on "Grand Challenges"
For Master’s courses – June –Sept:
Week 36-47 Project continues
Week 48 Dissertation [ECTS 54] and policy briefing paper [ECTS 9] submission
Week 49 Private study
Week 50 Private study
Week 51 MRes conference, Oral examination [ECTS 4.5], results announced
Part time option:
In order to enable professionals to undertake the course while continuing to work there will be a two year part time option. In year 1 the students will take either the whole 10 week coursework module and submit both pieces of coursework for assessment, or take weeks 1-3 and submit only the practical exercise for assessment, in which case weeks 5-8 will be taken in year 2, with the written assignment being submitted in year 2. Week 9 can be taken in either year. Part time students will have the option of carrying out their project full-time for 32 weeks in year 2, or of working at 50% of FT and completing the projects in 72 weeks over the 2 year period. In this case supervision time will be allocated pro rata and mid-term reports and vivas timed appropriately. The student will have the oral examination at the end of year 2.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
The minimum qualification for admission is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate subject from an UK academic institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Candidates with extensive relevant work experience but a lower degree may also be considered for the course. All candidates should ideally show experience in environmental research or policy, and a strong interest in following a research career in this field.
Additionally, we welcome professionals working within government, NGOs or research institutes, who wish to develop their skills. The part time option for the course will be particularly attractive to these candidates.
Applicants must also meet the College’s English language requirements which for students outside the English speaking world are: IELTS 6.5 (plus writing and speaking 6.0); TOEFL Internet 100 (plus writing and speaking 24).