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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent qualification. Relevant professional experience is taken into account. Candidates from a broad range of disciplines can apply, including natural, environmental, physical, management and social sciences. Candidates who do not have a background in environmental science will be required to pass an environmental science module. Those without a background in the social sciences will similarly be expected to take a relevant social science module.
  • Academic Title
    Sustainability Research MRes
  • Course description
    This programme provides students with skills and competences necessary for acceptance as professionally trained researchers in a range of subjects.

    12 months f/t, p/t options available

    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 degree objectives are to enhance the ability of students to:

        * demonstrate an advanced understanding of techniques and concepts relevant to the area of sustainability;
        * recognise and invoke a range of environmental research approaches;
        * demonstrate a high level of ability in quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant to the analysis of environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective;
        * execute a significant research project;
        * take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
        * proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to evaluate these.

    The programme will be delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and ICT-based means. Students will work individually on specific tasks and exercises. The range of complementary MRES programmes with students from many different backgrounds will give the participants ample opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams. The dissertation will provide opportunity for the development and demonstration of advanced research skills. Extensive research training will be provided through set of rigorous research methods modules.

    A mixture of assessment methods are used: written examination papers, continuous assessment through assignments and presentations.

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