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  • Academic Title
    Regeneration and Sustainable Communities Master in Science
  • Course description
    Towns and cities have been subject to considerable change over the last century; first as a result of prolonged industrialisation in cities and more recently, the loss of that same industry through a process of deindustrialisation. Such structural changes in both developed and developing market economies are provoked at a global level by changes in political systems and economic forces, while at the local level, change can bring with it opportunities and challenges. In the UK context, the global changes of the last two or three decades have left a legacy of physical, social, and economic decline that have blighted many of our cities, while at the same time presenting new possibilities for competing globally. As a result, policy makers and practitioners are increasingly searching for ways to ameliorate the economic, physical and social effects of structural change, especially in cities while at the same time setting out the future role and aspirations of our cities. This course provides an introduction to the field of regeneration and sustainable communities, while offering students the possibility of developing in-depth skills in particular areas such as partnership working, strategy design and managing complex regeneration.

    Reasons to choose Regeneration and Sustainable Communities MSc degree

    Coventry University has a long history of working in the field of regeneration, and a national and international reputation for teaching and research excellence in the field. Our expertise is grounded in academic, policy and practitioner approaches to the regeneration of towns, cities, and communities.

    We work closely with national stakeholders to:

        * Advance ideas and key debates
        * Lead research and academic inquiry
        * Develop policy
        * Advise on area-based policies or strategies
        * Provide new and continuing skills for practitioners

    The course is supported by a team of more than 20 dedicated regeneration specialists, the resources of the nationally recognised Centre in Sustainable Regeneration, and specialist facilities including dedicated library, computer labs, web-based and podcasting services, and research seminar programmes.

    Future prospects

    This course will provide you with an understanding of the main economic, social, and physical dimensions of structural change in the UK and overseas, and equip you with the skills and techniques associated with the practice of regeneration and the development of sustainable communities.

    The course is invaluable in helping students to continue their research and gain a qualification from a highly respected university in the regeneration field, thereby assisting students to gain or enhance employment in a range of associated organisations e.g. local authorities, regional development agencies, housing associations, health trusts, partnerships and programme boards. The possibility of conducting or managing research, and completing an internship provide additional opportunities and experience for those wishing to enter the field for the first time.

    Course content

    As a full-time student you will be expected to attend the University for two full terms for the Postgraduate Diploma, with a further four-month period for the completion of the MSc dissertation. The course can also be studied in part-time mode. Part-time students are expected to attend for two years, followed by an additional year for completion of the MSc dissertation, which can be related to your employment.

    The course consists of a taught phase of 120 credits, followed by an MSc phase of 60 credits (dissertation). Modules include:

        * Sustainable Regeneration
        * Contemporary Debates in Policy Design
        * International Comparative Perspectives *
        * The Competitive City
        * Rural Societies, Culture & Economies
        * Theory, Dynamics and Processes of Economic Development  *
        * The Regeneration Practitioner
        * Managing Projects/Internship *
        * Research Design & Methodology (ESRC-accredited) *
        * Dissertation *

    Five modules (*) are available for study off-campus, creating a blended learning experience. Learning off-campus is particularly useful for students in employment wishing to study through a part-time route, as it reduces the time needed to be on campus, while also offering flexibility in the way the module is studied.

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