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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Environment and Development

Programme code:MSC-EV/E&DUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr George Holmes Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent undergraduate qualification. A 2:1 degree classification on first degree will be the normal minimum requirement. Relevant business or professional experience is taken into account.

Candidates from a broad range of disciplines can apply, including natural, environmental, physical, management and social sciences.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Programme specification:

This programme provides high-quality interdisciplinary training on issues where the need for economic development and environmental conservation meet. It brings together expertise from the School of Earth and Environment and other Schools across the University to provide many different perspectives on these issues.

In the programme you will investigate the challenges associated with achieving development that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, and you will gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience to allow you to contribute towards achieving solutions in this topical field.

This course draws on theories from both the social and natural sciences, and from practice. The course is therefore relevant to candidates from a range of backgrounds.

The programme provides a degree of flexibility with both compulsory and optional modules. A variety of learning and teaching methods are used including lectures, practical workshops, computer lab sessions, research seminars and project work. An optional international fieldwork module provides you with an opportunity to apply classroom-based learning in a real-world on the ground situation. Students on this programme will have preferential access to this module. However, to guarantee a place, consider applying to the MSc Environment and Development with Integrated International Fieldwork.

To complement teaching, assessment is varied and includes both written and oral assignments and exams. You will also conduct an extensive piece of research in the latter stages of the course. Students develop and implement a research project on a topic of their own choosing. Expert supervisory support is provided to students throughout the process. Collaborative links with environment and development institutions in the UK and/or overseas are facilitated and encouraged.

Students from this programme typically develop or continue careers in environment and/or development practice, policy, training or research. The course prepares students for work in both the public and private sectors, and within local, national and international institutions. Some students also proceed to PhD level study after this course. Specific examples of careers in sustainability, environment and development can be found here

In order to progress to project upon completion of their taught modules in Semester 2, students must have a pass at 50% or above in a minimum of 90 credits and an overall credit weighted average of at least 50%. Students that do not meet these criteria will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their re-sits the student has passed sufficient credits to allow them to potentially achieve an MSc, they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity - this is usually in the next academic year.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits to progress to project after their re-sits, or they do not wish to continue to their project, they will be awarded either a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate dependent on the award criteria for their programme.

To obtain the Masters' (MSc) qualification candidates must pass 165 credits of level 5 modules to include the dissertation, and achieve an average mark of 50 across 180 credits. A Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) can be obtained if 90 credits are passed. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) can be obtained if 60 credits are passed.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5010MResearch Methods15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5020MResearch Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
SOEE5281MIntroduction to Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5472MEnvironmental Policy and Governance15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules, preferably 15 credits in semester 1 and 45 credits in semester 2. Please note that enrolment for SOEE5497M is by application only and subject to an additional fee. Spaces are strictly limited and priority is given to students on the MSc Environment and Development with Integrated International Fieldwork. Further details are provided in the Module Catalogue description.

PIED5256MGlobal Inequalities and Development30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED5562MInternational Relations and the Environment30 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5095MEnvironmental Economics and Policy15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5223MDelivering Sustainability Through Projects15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5497MEnvironment & Development International Field Course30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5550MClimate Change: Impacts and Adaptation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5582MTools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5970MTerrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System15 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may be able to study the following module subject to timetabling restrictions. Students must have previous GIS expertise and must seek approval from the Programme Leader before registering.

GEOG5060MGIS and Environment15 creditsSemester 2

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