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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements * English language requirements: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University’s minimum English language requirement is a TOEFL score (paper-based test) of at least 550 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English TWE or 220 with 4.0 on essay writing (computer based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing. * Academic entry requirements: Good honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience; basic knowledge of environmental economics and environmental issues.
  • Academic Title
    Sustainability (Ecological Economics) MSc
  • Course description
    This course provides students with an understanding of the complex interdependencies between the economy, society and environment; familiarity with principal research methods and tools of integrated ecological-economic analysis; the experience of working in interdisciplinary teams on environmental problems; a core body of skills required to operate effectively in an academic and/or professional career; and the opportunity to design a course of study to fit their chosen career paths.
    Core modules cover principles of ecological economies; tools and applications of ecological economics; research methodology and a seminar in ecological economics.

    Optional modules include governance, uncertainty and risk; evolutionary economics; environmental ethics; international relations and the environment; and European environmental law.

    Possible areas of specialisation within the course are sustainable consumption; climate change; biodiversity conservation; sustainable water management and sustainable regional development.

    Duration
    12 months full-time; part-time up to 4 years

    The School of Earth and Environment provides a stimulating learning experience for students of earth, environmental science and environmental management. Our research was rated as grade 5 in the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. We have over 80 academic staff in the school covering a wide variety of research which is undertaken by four institutes within the School.

        * Sustainability Research Institute is dedicated to the development and application of interdisciplinary environmental analysis in realisation of the principles of sustainable development:
        * Institute of Atmospheric Science is dedicated to understanding the physical and chemical processes that govern the behaviour of Earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric processes are investigated using numerical models and field and laboratory experiments from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere.
        * Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of the Earth and neighbouring planets. Detection and measurement of resources in the crustal layer and understanding of geological hazard; measurement of gravity, magnetism, seismic waves and electrical properties, theoretical and computer modelling, and surface structural mapping.
        * Institute for Geological Sciences researches the physical, biological and geochemical processes to understand controls on the modern environment (both land and sea) and how man is affecting that system.

    What you study

    The programme is delivered via a mix of a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and ICT-based means.

        * 60 compulsory credits which lay the foundations (ecological economics and research methodology).
        * 60 optional credits chosen from a range of subjects to suit the student's needs and interests; and a
        * 60 compulsory credits dissertation module on a relevant research topic choose be the student. students experience diversity which is essential in a multi cultural democracy.

    The programme is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and ICT-based means. Students work individually on specific tasks and exercises as well as in interdisciplinary groups. There will be guest lectures from invited national and international experts. The dissertation provides an opportunity for the development and demonstration of advanced research skills. Research training is provided through the accompanying research methods module.

    A mixture of assessment modes is used: written examination papers, continuous assessment through short written exercises, and longer term papers.

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