The School of the Built and Natural Environment has for many years offered programmes designed to develop and prepare students for a career in the environmental sector. The University led the way by becoming the first university to offer an Environmental Conservation degree in 1998. There is an increasing societal and political demand for the sustainable management of our environment and natural resources. This MSc programme will develop your abilities to address the competing needs of society, the economy and the environment in a practical and holistic way, supported by geographical and academic knowledge. The programme is divided into two parts; you will complete a series of taught modules followed by an independent research-based dissertation in part two. The taught modules will provide you with the industry-specific legal, technical and managerial abilities, which are sought after by employers. You will also be able to select a module that is relevant to your particular interest or area of employment. This option provides a degree of flexibility in your course content as well as a platform for further study at MPhil of PhD level. Please visit our website or contact us for the most up-to-date list of modules available.
Compulsory modules: environmental planning and policy; strategic management for environmental conservat; sustainable development; research methodology; environmental law. Elective modules: energy: issues and concerns; waste and resource management; geographical information systems; coastal zone management; habitat management; the workplace environment. Electives outside programme: facilities management and sustainability; work based critical reflection; part 2; dissertation.
Assessments used within these Programmes are normally formative or summative. In the former assessment is designed to ensure students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Typically, such assessment will take the form of ‘life projects’ where a more hands-on approach shows student’s ability on a range of activities and includes engagement with employers. Furthermore, much of the coursework requires that the student and lecturer negotiate the topic for assessment on an individual basis, allowing the student to develop skills appropriate to their employment goals. Some modules where the assessment is research-based require students to verbally/visually present the research results to the lecturer and peers, followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are in accord with the learning and teaching strategies employed by the team, that is, where the aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and where appropriate, vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student’s learning. The dissertation topic is developed and proposed by the student to help them refine their expertise in their chosen area.
Normally an Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline; sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the programme (eg TOEFL 550 or equivalent); those over 25 years old without the above are welcome to apply; each candidate will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Fees and funding
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