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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 Management: 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.

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