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MA Environment and Development

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: none Duration/Length: 12 Month(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Earth Science, Environmental Sciences an Director of Studies: Dr YMR Najman
Total Credit Points: 180

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    - to provide students with both a broad and indepth knowledge of contemporary environmental and development issues.

    - to equipment students with the intellectual undertanding to be able to synthesise, assess and contribute to arguments and debates concerning current day environmental and development issues.

    - to educate students to have the practical skills (field, lab and analytical) required to undertake employment and research in the fields of environment and development.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    - transferable skills include those associated with IT, numeracy, and literacy (both spoken and written), the ability to debate, synthesis and assess information, to develop leadership and teamwork skills, and to work independently on field and lab baed tasks.


Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will...

    - have an up to date knowledge of current environmental and development issues and be able to contribute in an informed manner to debates on these subjects with experts in these fields.

    - be able to apply their knowledge to a work-based / research setting in the fields of environment /development.

    - have a broad based knowledge of environmental / development issues and have a detailed knowledge of some of these aspects, from which to launch further research or a career in this field.

    - be competent in lab, field and and analytical skills related to their field of specialism.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will...

    be equipped with the transferable skills critical to most careers, with skills in IT, numeracy, literacy, oral and written presentations, leadership and teamskills. In addition, they will be able to critically assess and contribute to debates.



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

  • This course can be taken as an MSc or MA, the distinction normally determined by choise of dissertation.

    For the MA stream, 3 modules are compulsory; Perspectives on Environment and Development which is the core module that links environment and development, and introduces the key aspects of the course; Research Methods which supports the Dissertation, and the Dissertation.

    Students are encouraged to embark on an overseas dissertation, supported by Lancaster and overseas staff / supervision. However, since students may have personal or financial constraints precluding their participation in overseas fieldwork, UK-based dissertations are also on offer, of equally high calibre. These dissertations are based on a students own research, and include up to 3 months in the field.

    The remainder of the course is made up of optional modules, some of which have prerequisites with respect to a student's academic background. The students will choose a combination of options in consultation with their Director of Studies, which allows them to develop a specialism suited to their intended career path, with additional allied modules which support their specialism in a broader perspective.

    The programme is intended to develop students capabilities in a number of facets, both intellectual and practical. Field based, analytical work and lab based studies will be integrated with the development of a students ability to critically assess, understand and interpret data and consequent arguments based thereon.

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The University's Manual of Academic Regulations and Procedures (MARP) provides details of assessment
    External examiners are appointed subject to approval by faculty teaching committee, thematic committee
    and Senate. External examiners review handbooks, approve examination question papers, and scrutinise
    and moderate a sample of students' work (both examination and coursework).

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