MSc Environmental Analysis of Terrestrial Systems

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  • Objectives
    Our aims within the programme are as follows: 1. To develop theoretical and practical awareness at an advanced level of the strengths, weaknesses and appropriate usage of field, laboratory and numerical methods in environmental analysis. 2. To provide a sound conceptual basis for the application of these methods in both blue skies and applied environmental research. 3. To provide advanced training in scientific research methods with an emphasis on their application in environmental analysis. 4. To provide training in generic research skills including project design and management, oral and written communication and the use of information technology. 5. To develop a specialised substantive and research knowledge in a selected field of physical geography or environmental science. 6. To prepare students for postgraduate research (PhD) and/or for a variety of research related careers in public, private and voluntary sectors.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Good 2:1 or first class Honours degree in geography or a related subject. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take a suitable test, e.g. IELTS, minimum score 6.5; TOEFL, minimum score 575, plus a score of 4.5 in the Test of written English, or minimum 232 in the computer-based TOEFL.
  • Academic title
    MSc Environmental Analysis of Terrestrial Systems
  • Course description

    Limited departmental bursaries and one-year University bursaries offering either fees and subsistence, or full/partial remission of fees, are available on a competitive basis.

    Course description

    The programme evaluates the range of sediment sources and sinks; the processes that link them; and consequent impacts on hydrologic, geomorphic and ecologic systems. It provides insights into the tools required to understand how landscapes have and continue to develop.

    The course is organised flexibly to target a range of different audiences including continuing geography students, those wishing to embark on a career in environmental assessment and management, those wishing to acquire specific skills before progressing to a PhD, and those wishing to undertake courses relevant to continuing professional development.

    The focus throughout is on a "hands-on" approach, with an emphasis on linking theory to the answering of real environmental problems and questions. Consideration is also given to the dissemination of results in academic and other literatures.

    Course content is strongly influenced by the research interests and expertise of staff in this RAE Grade 5A department.

    Course content

    All MSc and diploma students take modules to the value of 120 credits. MSc students produce a dissertation worth 60 credits. Students taking 60 credits are eligible for a postgraduate certificate.

    Course modules are:

    -Sources to sinks
    -Research Deisgn in Analysis of Terrestrial Systems
    -Environmental Process Fluxes
    -Geochemical Techniques
    -Unlocking the Sedimentary Archive
    -Spatial Techniques in Envoronmental Analysis
    -Guided Project
    -Current Issues in Environmental Analysis

    Teaching, learning and assessment
    Knowledge and understanding is acquired through a series of compulsory modules and delivered primarily through lectures, seminars and field and laboratory classes.

    There is a strong emphasis placed small-group teaching with the students required to prepare for each session through designated preparatory tasks, and on practical, hands-on experience of techniques.

    Independent learning is a key element to developing the independent knowledge and skills, so 120 hours per module are allocated the for assimilation of materials, further reading, completion of practical work and preparation of reports or presentations.

    Skills and other attributes are primarily developed through field classes, laboratory classes and workshops, and individual and group project work.

    A supervisor is allocated to each student for the duration of their dissertation research, and during the guided project module. For students undertaking placements as part of either of these modules, a local supervisor will also be nominated, who will coordinate work with the Sheffield supervisor.

    Assessment of the core knowledge base, skills and other attributes rests upon written coursework, oral presentations, poster presentations and a dissertation

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