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Environment and Development (overseas placement)

MRes (Full Time)

UCAS Code:none
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Credit Points:180
Director of Studies:Dr SAF Vermeylen

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Main Educational Aims of the scheme or field
The MRes in Environment and Development (Overseas Placement) at Lancaster University is designed for postgraduate students aiming to develop a future career in research and vocational skills in environment and development issues, specifically within the context of the developing world.  This is achieved by preparation for and completion of a research project in the field overseas.  The degree scheme provides a foundation for direct employment in academia, the public and private sectors or application to a PhD research programme.
Based on our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy we aim to:
(i)  cover key aspects of environment and development, with emphasis on developing countries;
(ii)  support all students' learning and their ability to learn in the future;
(iii)  provide research-informed teaching throughout the degree scheme, and demonstrate the real-world uses of the material in the degree scheme;
(iv)  regularly review and improve our teaching.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


On successful completion of this scheme of study students will:

-    have been provided with significant and challenging experiences of research in the developing world, with the overseas placement acting as a crucial springboard;

-    have received a theoretical and practical background, which will be invaluable for research and research-related jobs, for example, in NGOs;

-    have been prepared to pursue PhD research in universities or to fill positions in environment agencies and development institutions concerned with the developing world;

-    be equipped with specialist knowledge relevant to a broad disciplinary area of environment and development;

-    have developed and consolidated cognate transferable skills and knowledge relevant to an academic or public/private sector research career;

?and, more specifically will be able to:

-    demonstrate a broad knowledge of environmental and development policies, especially in less developed countries;

-    plan, execute and write up a substantial dissertation on an aspect of environment and development within the context of developing countries;

-    undertake effective research and fieldwork overseas;

-    recognise and handle moral/ethical issues associated with the development and implementation of policies.


General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


On successful completion of this scheme of study students will:

-    understand key theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to development and environment and the implementation of policies;

-    have knowledge of the contribution of natural and social sciences to policy making and regulation in this field;

-    have demonstrated competence in the taught and research elements of an advanced course;

-    have developed transferable skills that they can use in careers within, and beyond, the environment and development spheres;

?and they will be able to:

-    assess contrasting theories, concepts and arguments;

-    carry out analysis, problem-solving and decision making;

-    interpret, evaluate and critique evidence and arguments;

-    abstract and synthesize information;

-    develop reasoned argument;

-    cope with and work within different cultural contexts.


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