This programme - which is jointly run by the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Politics and International Studies - engages directly with political debates on sustainability, and provides students with a thorough understanding of the policy tools that can be used to promote environmental protection. The programme has been designed to equip students with both the conceptual and applied understanding of critical issues in politics and policy that can be used in all areas of government, business and campaigning with an interest in sustainability and environmental protection. This MSc combines modules on the concepts, principles and practices of sustainability with more specialist modules on environmental politics and policy and on international relations and the environment. There are also electives on associated dimensions of law, economics, business and development, and the specialist dissertation gives students a chance to examine the detail of an issue of their choice.
1 year full-time, up to 4 years part-time
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
Upon completion of the programme, students should have:
• A specialist, in-depth knowledge of both conceptual and applied debates on sustainability and environmental politics and policy;
• An understanding of the political structures and processes that generate decisions on environmental policy and an awareness of how they work at the international, regional, national and local scales;
• A critical awareness of the factors that shape both the influence of political parties and interest groups and the performance of different forms of policy intervention in different contexts;
• An ability to use inter-disciplinary research methods and approaches that relate to environmental politics and policy; and
• Experience of working in interdisciplinary teams on problems relating to environmental politics and policy