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MSc by Research Environmental Science (by research)

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: none Duration/Length: 12 Month(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Not Defined Director of Studies: Professor CN Hewitt
Total Credit Points: 180

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • To provide high quality training within usually a one year time frame in one or more research areas in environmental sciences. MSc by research training may involve several disciplines relevant to the environmental questions that are posed, and may make use of the wide range of expertise available within the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  •  MSc by research degrees in Environmental Science are awarded to students who have demonstrated:

    (i) a convincing grasp of the techniques of research appropriate to the field of study on a scale which can be completed during one year, or at most two years, of full-time study or equivalent.

    (ii) evidence of originality, at least in the exercise of an independent critical faculty.

    (iii) a good standard of competence in argument and presentation.


    Typically, holders of the MSc Environmental Science qualification are able to:

    (i) communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and nonspecialist audiences.

    (ii) have some appreciation of how their research fits into a wider environmental context.

Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Student training needs are identified right at the outset of the research project and re-assessed as necessary at regular progress meetings. Subject-specific training includes (a) in-depth development of the relevant technical knowledge and skills, (b) acquisition, through targeted reading and supervisor and research group interactions, of an understanding of the broader area of the research project. In addition, while receiving appropriate time management guidance, students are given an opportunity to undertake broad generic training which enables them to be more effective in their research, to manage their careers and to enable them be competitive in the careers market place. This training includes careers advice throughout the training period, development of professional and transferable skills, public engagement skills, and an appreciation of research ethics and how to comply with ethical and legal frameworks governing environmental research. Where appropriate students receive training on intellectual property and knowledge transfer and on identifying and maximising the broader impact of their research.

     Learning and teaching strategies and methods include one to one tutorials with supervisors or other staff on specific technical skills and background knowledge, attendance at specific taught modules (undergraduate/postgraduate; within the Lancaster Environment Centre or in other disciplines) if it benefits their project,and attendance at Departmental and/or Faculty-based training courses/workshops for developing transferable skills and careers training. In some cases examinable coursework may be set.

    Students are supported by one or more supervisors. Research students are fully integrated into the research culture of the Lancaster Environment Centre, and are expected to attend Lancaster Environment Centre and research group seminars.

    All research students benefit from being part of Graduate College, which serves as peer support and a social centre.

    Students-supervisor(s) contact time is at least an hour fortnightly. Student progression is managed by regular progress meetings with supervisors, resulting in a report detailing progress on specific objectives, identification of additional required support or training, and any other issues.

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The award of the degree is assessed by internal and external examiners on evidence provided by submission of a written thesis and an oral examination. Where appropriate coursework can also form part of the assessment.

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