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Environmental Science and Technology

MSc (Full Time)

Year:13/14
UCAS Code:NONE
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Credit Points:180
Director of Studies:Professor KT Semple

Compulsory Modules

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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 Skills

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The MSc in Environmental Science is designed to provide students with a background in another area of physical or natural science with one year of in-depth training in a broad range of topics within the general field of environmental science. The emphasis will be on the chemical and physical processes that occur in the natural environment and how these processes are modified by man. With an intake of students having a diverse range of first degrees and previous work experience the course aims to develop the students in the following areas, in order to equip students for the specific and generic demands of proceeding directly into either employment or doctoral research in this environmental sector:

- Transferable skills

- Subject knowledge specific to environmental science

- Scientific methodologies

The taught element of the course, which accounts for 50% of the final assessment, provides students with a basic understanding of the physics and chemistry of the natural environment and the ways in which man affects the natural environment. The atmosphere, hydrosphere and surface/near surface lithosphere are all studied, although the structure of the course allows students to focus on one or more of these compartments of the Earth system if they wish. The quantitative aspects of Earth system science are emphasised; the course offers more than a qualitative description of the environment.

 A range of transferable skills modules are available to students through the joint science faculty Graduate Training Programme. Transferable skills (scientific writing, statistical methods, computing, presentation skills, project management etc.) are also developed throughout the taught modules and the extended research project.

 On completion of the taught component of the course, the students undertake an extended research project which comprises the remaining 50% of the degree. The projects are tailored to allow the students to develop particular areas of speciality relating to environmental science. The framework of the project enables students to enhance environmental problem solving methodologies through the focussed application of appropriate scientific methodologies.

 

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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 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, practical 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 to field visits are provided illustrate the associated practicalities. More depth to subject-specific knowledge is added through the specialisation of students in their chosen research projects. The range of subject specific knowledge that students are expected to gain is reflected in the breadth of modules available in the taught programme. These cover a broad range of environmental and technological subjects.

Students' scientific methodology is developed at all stages of the programme and in particular through their chosen research projects. Initially, scientific method is nurtured through the written and verbal feedback of staff to students during the taught elements of the programme, along with the exposure of students to the scientific literature. The research project affords the opportunity for closer staff-student interactions where a critique of scientific method occurs within a research active environment. The range of scientific disciplines that students are expected to gain include:

- Developing a robust scientific argument

- Formulating and testing hypotheses

- Assessing contrasting scientific theories

- Identifying, abstracting and synthesising scientific information

- Problem solving and decision making

- Identifying, abstracting and synthesising scientific information

- The use of experimentation within a scientific problem solving exercise.

- Handling complexity and uncertainty.

General

Students completing the MSc programme will be expected to have gained transferable skills, subject specific knowledge and scientific methodology to Masters level. In addition to these outcomes, which are considered in more detail below, the course nurtures working relationships between students and active researchers/practitioners both internally and externally.

Transferable skills 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. The range of transferable skills that students are expected to gain includes:

- IT literacy in industry-standard word-processing, analysis and presentation software.

- Presenting information in verbal, electronic and hardcopy media.

- Numeracy, including mathematical and statistical modelling.

- Project management.

- Interpersonal skills in group settings.

 

Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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Compulsory Modules

LEC.501  Dissertation Project

Optional Modules

Select SIX optional modules.  Your number of crdits 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

BIOL420

BIOL421

BIOL431

BIOL432

ECOL419

ENGR503

ENV.404

ENV.405

ENV.407

ENV.408

ENV.412

ENV.431

ENV.432

ENV.434

ENV.435

ENV.441

ENV.448

GEOG413

GEOG422

LEC.422

LEC.424

LEC.425

LEC.426

LEC.427

LEC.428

LEC.430

LEC.433

LEC.434

LEC.435

LEC.438

LEC.440 (unassessed study module to be taken as required)

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