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MSc Energy and the Environment

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: Duration/Length: 12 Month(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Not Defined Director of Studies: Dr AJ Jarvis
Total Credit Points: 180

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    Students completing the MSc programme will be expected to have gained transferable skills, subject specific knowledge and a broad knowledge of relevant regulatory frameworks and global issues, for example, as relate to global warming.  In addition to these outcomes, which are considered in more detail below, the course nurtures working relationships between students and active researchers / practitioners.


    Subject specific knowledge outcomes:


    Subject specific knowledge is developed through research informed teaching and associated reading.  Initially this is achieved through the subject-specific modules that employ a range of delivery and assessment styles including lectures, workshops (including paper-based, computer-based, laboratory-based and site-based studies), and seminars. 


    Students are expected to self-learn using reference material to further develop their perceptual models and field visits help to illustrate the associated practicalities. More depth to subject-specific knowledge is added through the specialisation of students in their research projects.  These projects are developed in conjunction with the an industrial partner identified through the Enterprise and Business Partnership unit within LEC and so draw on real world experience and contexts.



    The range of subject specific knowledge that students are expected to gain is reflected in the core modules within the taught program and include:


    • Air Pollution, Aerosols and Climate

    • Renewable Energy

    • Low-Carbon Energy Use

    • Risk Assessment and Management

    • European and International Environmental Law

    • Resource and Environmental Management


    Transferable skills outcomes:

    Transferable skills are developed through the core modules and include the ability to:

    deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

    demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level

    continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

    demonstrate qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations; the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.


    Further re-enforcement of transferable skills is achieved through varied methods of delivery and assessment of the subject specific modules which include group presentations, reports and essays, and associated practical and analytical work.  The individual research projects consolidate and extend transferable skills both through the execution of the research work and the writing of the associated thesis.

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


    The MSc in Energy and Environment is primarily intended to be a one year, full time course.  In sympathy with the educational aims, the course is made up of two parts, a. subject modules delivered in the first and second terms and b. a research project which may be developed in conjunction with an industrial partner identified through the Enterprise and Business Partnership unit within LEC and so draw on real world experience and contexts.

    The programme is structured this way to capture the students from their disparate backgrounds and bring the cohort to a level whereby they all have the necessary level of academic skill to execute their extended research projects to a publishable standard.  

    The taught program is comprised of six core modules that have been chosen to provide a coherent but wide ranging understanding of the interface between energy exploitation and use and the environment.  Armed with this broad background knowledge the students then undertake individual research projects forming the capstone of the course, where students are given the opportunity to apply and further develop their transferable skills, subject knowledge and in some cases scientific methodology.  The project may be developed in conjunction with the an industrial partner identified through the Enterprise and Business Partnership unit within LEC and so draws on real world experience and contexts. The diversity of the research and vocational expertise offered by the contributors promotes interdisciplinary learning, whilst also honing students' employability. 

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students on LEC programmes are provided with an extensive reference guide to their programme features that includes the marking criteria used by academic staff and information on plagiarism and referencing conventions.

    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    This is achieved through module specific coursework assessments, which may take the form of essays, reports, grant applications, tests or presentations either individually, or as group work and also through the examination system.  Furthermore, the research project  tests the ability of a student to manage their time effectively whilst carrying out an in-depth piece of scientific research using practical, library or computer skills. The project also displays the level of in depth knowledge acquired by the student.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    During the course of this scheme of study students will be called upon to make oral and poster presentations to support their academic work. They will have had the opportunity to attend specific computer; statistics; scientific writing and project management courses to enhance their individual personal development on a non-assessed basis.  The careers sessions arranged by the Department are aimed at helping students appreciate how what they have learned in these sessions has contributed to their personal development and enhanced their employability, so that they may take these forward to either the work place or to assist them in seeking a position for furthering their academic studies. Students will also be encouraged to engage with the university’s PDP  tool as they progress through the programme.

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