MSc (Full Time)
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Director of Studies:Dr IR Hartley
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The student must take the following modules:
The student must take 6 modules from the following group:
The student may complete their enrolment by selecting from the following list:
Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
The course is designed to provide a flexible choice of postgraduate learning in a wide variety of environmental and ecological subjects, such as water resources, environmental pollution, terrestrial ecology, and other fields. The students will acquire subject specific knowledge through research-informed teaching in lectures and workshops/practicals. They will acquire authoritative subject specific knowledge on one particular topic through the undertaking of a substantial research project. The range of subject specific knowledge that a student is expected to gain is dependent on the choice of taught modules and dissertation project. The scheme will provide suitable training for the student to progress to a career in environmental, ecological or biological sciences through professional practice or admission to a Ph.D.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
After successful completion of the scheme, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of specific examples of environmental or ecological science, such as ecosystem processes, population dynamics, hydrological processes, conservation biology, and others, depending upon the choice of modules.
- Appreciate the principles of quantitative scientific methods and their application.
- Demonstrate specialist, practical experience of cutting edge techniques through the completion of a research project within a research-active environment.
- Develop a robust scientific argument, formulate and test hypotheses, and assess contrasting scientific theories.
- Solve problems and make decisions by identifying, abstracting, critically evaluating and synthesizing relevant scientific information.
- Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
Students will be expected to gain a range of transferable skills, including
- Literacy in mainstream word-processing, data management and analysis, and presentation software.
- Presenting information in verbal, electronic and hardcopy media
- Numeracy, including statistical analysis.
- The ability to critically analyse and interpret data.
- Knowledge of how to apply for research funding.
Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modulesback to top
LEC.501 Dissertation Project
Select SIX optional modules. Your number of credits across core and optional modules must total 180. You should aim to balance your taught modules across each term OR take more in the earlier terms.
BIOL405 Biological Effects of Air Pollution and Climate Change
BIOL420 Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
BIOL421 Data analysis and interpretation
ECOL413 Using the NVC
ECOL414 Habitat Management
ECOL415 Conservation Biology
ECOL418 Wildlife Population Ecology
ECOL419 Wildlife Monitoring Techniques
ENV.408 Modelling Environmental Processes
ENV.431 Pollution Microbiology
ENV.432 Chemical Risk Assessment
ENV.434 Contaminated Land and Remediation
ENV.435 Environmental Toxicology
ENV.457 Air Quality and Climate
GEOG414 Environmental Management
GEOG419 Health and Environment
LEC.422 Data assimilation and integration
LEC.425 Environmental Sampling and Analysis for Trace Organics
LEC.427 Crop Protection
LEC.428 Sustainable Soil Management
LEC.433 International Summer School: Food Security and Environmental Issues in China
LEC.434 Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy
LEC.435 Lake Ecology
LEC.439 Conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon
SOCL527b Ecology, Conservation and Culture
LEC.440 Numerial Skills (unassessed study module to be taken as required)