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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements English Requirements: * IELTS: 6.0 overall, with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, and not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing. * TOEFL (paper-based test): 550, with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) (we recommend that you take the TWE if you take the paper-based form of TOEFL). * TOEFL (computer-based test): 220, with 4.0 on the essay rating included in this test. Academic Requirement: * Good second class Honours degree or equivalent. Relevant work experience is viewed positively, and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree is slightly below our requirement.
  • Academic title
    Global Change and the Biosphere Mres
  • Course description
    The School of Geography is one of the largest and most successful in Britain. We have over thirty-five academic staff with a wide range of academic interests and a long history of academic and applied research. The School’s international reputation for its research was recognised in the last (2001) HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise with the award of a prestigious 5 rating. We were also rated as ‘Excellent’ in the last Teaching Quality Assessment Exercise.

    Excellent facilities for research are available within the School including extensive computing and GIS facilities, well-equipped and staffed physical geography science laboratories, a large map collection and a growing availability of on-line and digital information through our Geographical Resources Unit. In addition postgraduates benefit from the facilities provided by one of Britain’s leading universities. Close contacts exist with many industrial, commercial and public sector organisations. The School also maintains an active research seminar series. Drawing on the combined resources of the department, faculties and the University, we are able to offer a broad-based and expert programme of research training, approved by the relevant Research Councils (ESRC and NERC), in both human and physical geography. In human geography our Masters programme was awarded the important ‘Research Training’ status by the ESRC in 2002, identifying it as an approved route to PhD research.

    Over the past few years we have established a record as one of the most successful Geography departments in Britain for attracting NERC and ESRC funding, both for research and research studentships, including CASE awards.
    In addition to specialist geographical training and education we provide facilities for training in fields such as project management, teaching and learning, presentation skills and computing.

    Duration
    Full-time 12 Months

    School of Geography
    The School of Geography is one of the largest and most successful in Britain. We have over thirty-five academic staff with a wide range of academic interests and a long history of academic and applied research. The School’s international reputation for its research was recognised in the last (2001) HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise with the award of a prestigious 5 rating. We were also rated as ‘Excellent’ in the last Teaching Quality Assessment Exercise.

    Excellent facilities for research are available within the School including extensive computing and GIS facilities, well-equipped and staffed physical geography science laboratories, a large map collection and a growing availability of on-line and digital information through our Geographical Resources Unit. In addition postgraduates benefit from the facilities provided by one of Britain’s leading universities. Close contacts exist with many industrial, commercial and public sector organisations. The School also maintains an active research seminar series. Drawing on the combined resources of the department, faculties and the University we are able to offer a broad-based and expert programme of research training, approved by the relevant Research Councils (ESRC and NERC), in both human and physical geography. In human geography our Masters programme was awarded the important ‘Research Training’ status by the ESRC in 2002, identifying it as an approved route to PhD research.

    Over the past few years we have established a record as one of the most successful Geography departments in Britain for attracting NERC and ESRC funding, both for research and research studentships, including CASE awards.

    In addition to specialist geographical training and education we provide facilities for training in fields such as project management, teaching and learning, presentation skills and computing.

    What you study
    The programme consists of a taught component, followed by a major research project.

    The taught component (60 credits) is designed to develop your intellectual & practical skills. It is composed of four, 15 credit modules. The core module, Global Change and the Biosphere, is a lecture- and seminar-based introduction to the research field, covering key scientific principles such as biospheric cycles, thresholds and feedbacks; the carbon cycle in the biosphere, atmosphere and oceans; ecosystem responses to climatic change; and socio-political aspects of environmental change research. Research Philosophy, Design and Methods aims to give a thorough grounding in the principles of conducting high-quality research, while Analytical Methods for Global Change Research focuses on the field, laboratory and numerical skills you may need for your research project. An optional module in a range of topics – among others, population ecology, palaeoecology, geochemistry, and GIS – offers the freedom to develop your own particular interests.

    The research project (120 credits) is a much larger part of this MRes programme than is typically found in MSc programmes. The project will be developed and carried out with help from a member of staff with similar academic interests; see the course website for details of current staff research interests. Regular assessment, based on presentations and posters, will help keep the project on track. Final assessment is in the form of manuscripts suitable for publication in an academic journal, which may help you get a foot on the career ladder. Please note that projects which involve substantial fieldwork overseas may incur an additional fee.

    How you study
    Taught modules follow a mixture of approaches to learning, with a range of seminars, lectures, practical sessions and exercises; assessment is similarly varied, but focuses on the skills you will require in research, such as giving presentations and writing for publication. The research project is carefully supervised, but you are given the freedom to carry out your own work and to develop your own ideas, with the aim of developing your capabilities as an independent research scientist.

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