The University of Essex is one of the UK´s leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
An unprecedented combination of pressures is threatening the health of social and ecological systems across the world. Continued population growth, rapidly changing consumption patterns and climate change are driving limited resources of food, energy, water and materials towards and beyond critical thresholds. There is an urgent need for interdisciplinary study that crosses the boundaries between intimately interwoven natural and social systems.
Our MA Environmental Governance addresses this by focusing on the analysis, conservation, protection and management of natural resources, and the institutions and policies that shape human actions. Eight Essex departments contribute to our unique interdisciplinary course, providing you with the critical capacity to analyse environmental issues from a range of perspectives. Our course is suited to graduates from all disciplinary backgrounds and gives a thorough training in the principles and practices of environmental governance if you wish to pursue a career in environmental management and regulation, research and policy.
A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.
A Masters course lasts for twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms, and normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September. Your balance of modules and research varies according to the subject but, typically, your research counts for 60 credits and there are 120 credits of modules, varying from 10 to 40 credits each. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as second-cycle qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).
In some subjects, Postgraduate or Graduate Certificates and Diplomas are available, which last for six to nine months (full-time) and consist of 60 or 120 credits, respectively. These include the modules and assessed work of a Masters, without a dissertation. Our Graduate Diplomas equip those with a Bachelors with knowledge to proceed to a Masters in a different subject.
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Dissertation: Environmental-Based Masters Courses
Research Skills And Data Analysis
Colonialism, Culture And Human Rights
Conservation Management And Practice
International Environmental Politics
Managing For Ethics And Sustainability
Pollution: Impacts And Management
Research Skills And Data Analysis
The New Nature Writing
The Wild East
Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.
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.
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