This is a thesis-only MPhil and the Department will not admit students to it unless it can be satisfied that they have the necessary research skills, together with a clear vision of their topic and a good grasp of the appropriate methodology to explore it. Further details are given on the course page on the Department of Land Economy website. MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy share common aims: • Enable students of high calibre to pursue their education at an advanced applied level drawing on the primary disciplines of economics, planning and environmental policy, with additional specialisms in finance and law. • Provide students with opportunities both to build on and develop material that they may have studied at an undergraduate level as well as to broaden their knowledge base. • Equip students with the necessary skills to pursue careers at a high level in a range of areas, including business and finance, civil service, public service, property professions, environmental agencies and organisations, national and international agencies and further study. • Provide opportunities for education in a multidisciplinary environment so as to advance the understanding of cognate disciplines and their applications. • Provide opportunities for learning with colleagues from different social, economic and legal systems. • Provide students with appropriate skills and experience to enable them to use information and resources critically and to equip them with the means to undertake their own research. • Provide an educational environment with a strong research ethos that brings together students from a wide variety of backgrounds and fosters an international approach to common problems. Learning Outcomes On completion of the course, students will have acquired the following skills: • Intellectual skills: the ability to study steadily, assimilate issues and large amounts of literature swiftly, evaluate countervailing positions and to produce succinct arguments to tight deadlines and engage with those with whom they disagree. Particular methodologies used include data evaluation, case evaluation, legal analysis, textual analysis, the convergence of theory and empirical data and advanced critical evaluation. • Practical skills: identification and use of bibliographic materials, via libraries and electronically; taking notes effectively, thorough IT skills. • Transferable skills: the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to work to deadlines and under pressure; to manage time; to set priorities; to formulate an argument; to work independently and with initiative; basic IT skills; critical analysis; to present material in a seminar context; skills of analysis and interpretation; self-discipline, self-direction; and respect for other views. The ability to develop and present a major piece of written work. • Research skills: the ability to locate, utilise and organise a wide range of materials independently, on paper and electronically. The ability to assess and evaluate such material, to develop and pursue a critique of existing material. The ability to develop, structure and sustain a line of argument. The establishment of relationships with researchers in related areas. The ethical use of research material. • Communication skills: the ability to marshal arguments and present them succinctly and lucidly. The ability to effectively criticise the views of others powerfully but fairly. The presentation of written material in a persuasive and coherent manner.
Students are required to take one core or two optional MPhil modules from the range offered within the Department and the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme (SSRMP).
A dissertation of 20,000 words. An essay of no more than 4,000 words and one workbook of assessment of research methods teaching. Students also take two optional modules which will be assessed by coursework. Assignments or practical assessments may be set for modules offered by the SSRMP.
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.
Fees and funding
No fee information has been provided for this course