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  • Academic Title
    MSc Carbon Management
  • Course description
    MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

    This programme is the first of its kind in Scotland and is offered as a result of an unique partnership between the Dumfries Campus, Department of Economics at the University of Glasgow and the newly established Crichton Carbon Centre. The Dumfries Campus is ideally situated to make an important contribution to the international agenda for tackling climate change: it is close to natural carbon sinks, relevant non-government organisations and renewable energy companies.

    As a graduate of the programme, you will:

        * be able to demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual and methodological bases for conducting high-quality investigations in the context of carbon management;
        * be able to analyse the ethical considerations relevant to carbon management in an occupational or professional context;
        * be able to apply the tools employed for tackling greenhouse gas emissions;
        * be able to evaluate the effectiveness of different strategies employed to tackle greenhouse gas emissions;
        * have the knowledge and technical ability to assess and advise on carbon management;
        * be able, should you wish, to proceed to PhD research.

    Content

    Core courses

        * Global carbon issues
        * Theory and principles of sustainability
        * Carbon management
        * Either Environmental and organisational ethics or Policies for sustainability and development.

    Optional courses

        * Carbon footprinting
        * Communication and the sustainability agenda
        * Renewable energy technologies
        * Climate change: impacts on ecology
        * Environmental economics
        * Project planning, appraisal and implementation
        * Quantitative methods for planning: optimal decision making

    You will also complete either a work placement project or dissertation.

    The work placement project (subject to availability) provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an organisation or company. In collaboration with the host organisation and the work placement project convener you will draw up a project that addresses certain intended learning outcomes and focus on acquiring skills and experience on some aspect of carbon management.

    The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable independent research experience. You will be allocated a supervisor based upon your topic of interest and a suitable area of research will be agreed upon, ensuring that the intended learning outcomes of the course are addressed. In the process, the foundations will be laid for potential further research at PhD level.

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