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Energy and the Environment

MSc (Full Time)

UCAS Code: 
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Credit Points:180
Director of Studies:Dr AJ Jarvis

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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The use of energy is central to the development and maintenance of economies throughout the world. Given this energy is taken from the environment and the bi-products are returned to the environment in various forms, exploitation of energy resources invariably incurs an environmental penalty. Prudent and sustainable exploitation of energy resources looks to minimise this impact either by enhancing energy efficiency or by controlling the environmental impact. The MSc Energy and Environment course is designed to provide training for those wishing to develop careers at the interface between the energy and environment sectors. This training focuses on providing an overview of energy supply and demand in conjunction with detailed appraisal of the environmental impacts of different energy sources. The material also develops understanding of various mitigation and adaptation strategies with particular focus on climate change impacts. The training is completed by an overview of various regulatory frameworks in conjunction with tuition on generic environmental decision-making procedures.

As well as gaining knowledge in the area of energy and its environmental impacts, students will also enhance their more generic skills and, on finishing the course, should be confident in analysing and presenting of both energy and environmental data. They will also have advanced knowledge and understanding of environmental decision making with particular reference to the energy / environment interface.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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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.

Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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Compulsory Modules

LEC.501  Dissertation Project

LEC.431  Sustainable Systems

LEC.432  Low-carbon Energy Use

Optional Modules

Select TWO 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.

BIOL420  Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change

ENV.407  Catchment Protection (Field course)

ENV.412  Environmental Radioactivity

ENV.457  Air Quality and Climate

GEOG410  Perspectives on Environment and Development

GEOG413  Geoinformatics

GEOG414  Environmental Management

GEOG415  Environmental Justice

GEOG416  Environmental Auditing

GEOG421  Sustainable Water Management: concepts, gov & practice

LEC.303  Climate and Society (UG module)

LEC.422  Data assimilation and integration

LEC.429  Climate Change and Society

LEC.434  Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy

LL.M5212  International Environmental Law

LL.M5212 European and International Environmental Law

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

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