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Sustainability (Environment amd Development) MSc

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  • Objectives
    The purpose of the programme is to provide interdisciplinary training in the theoretical and practical issues relating to sustainable development at a range of scales from the local to the global. Expertise in the School, and from across the University, will be used to provide many different perspectives of sustainable development. In particular, we focus on the role of international development agencies and projects, national and international policies, environmental NGOs, business partnerships and community-based organisations in enabling development that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. These issues will be addressed through an innovative range of case study materials.
  • 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: A good first degree in a cognate discipline (normally 2.1 or above) in a relevant discipline (including environmental studies, geography, development studies and politics)
  • Academic Title
    Sustainability (Environment amd Development) MSc
  • Course description
    The programme provides both theoretical knowledge and practical experience of applied environmental management challenges in addressing the ideals of sustainable development in a range of global situations.

    Students will be taught to develop and implement the sort of integrated research that is required to assess a range of sustainable development problems. This includes core theoretical and applied sustainability modules, research methods, as well as team and individual projects. You will also be able to take elective modules on a range of environmental, business and political issues. Flexibility in module choice is designed to enable you to customise your training to allow you the opportunity for personal or career interest.

    12 months full-time, up to 4 years part time

    School of Earth and Environment
    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 lectures, seminars, workshops and ICT-based means.

        * 45 credits of core modules in Sustainable Development
        * 75 credits of optional taught modules from the School and partner departments in the University
        * 60 credits on an Individual Research Project

    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.

    Determined by the student in consultation with program leader. Past research topics have included: (1) The effect of international trade on livelihoods in Cameroon; (2) The role of participatory engagement in environmental planning in the Yorkshire Dales National Park; (3) Socio-economic barriers to accessing the nature in the Peaks National Park; (4) The role of small and medium enterprises in meeting climate change goals

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