The core of the programme consists of several compulsory modules which will provide you with the specialist knowledge in various aspects of environmental science and management, including topics relating to landscape ecology, population ecology, agricultural and other environments under the direct management or impact of humans, as well as issues relating to environmental policy. In addition, the modules will present and expand your skills in research methods (quantitative and qualitative), statistical analysis, literature review and other postgraduate skills related to the analysis, evaluation and communication of scientific data to a range of audiences. Finally, these modules include teaching of practical and applied skills in the field and laboratory that are essential for assessing natural environments, their vulnerability to change and human impacts and developing recommendations for management based on the data obtained.
This MSc covers several main themes which make the core modules, including:
Environmental Management and Sustainability, where you will develop a thorough understanding of environmental management and sustainability issues focusing on legislation and policy for environmental management and ecosystem assessment and pollution monitoring.
Environmental Science, where you will explore many aspects of the planetary environment and the environmental systems using diagnostic techniques. You will also develop practical skills relevant to contemporary environmental sciences.
Applied Ecology and Conservation, where you will revise fundamental concepts and practical skills in ecology, evolution and conservation allowing you to develop postgraduate competence in these fields for the implementation of ecological tools, biological conservation and sustainable practices.
Research Methods, which will give you a better understanding of how the scientific method and statistical theory are applied to critically evaluate and carry out scientific research. This module is delivered jointly across the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, giving you the opportunity to interact with students and academics from various backgrounds within the broader university community.
Applied Skills in Ecology, Environmental Management and Research, where you will apply skills and knowledge acquired through the programme for the assessment of a habitat and generate research-informed recommendations for environmental management.
Subject to availability, you can also choose one of two optional modules that will give you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in an area of importance in applied environmental management:
Understanding Landscapes, where through an integrative approach of human and physical geography, geographic information systems GIS), remote sensing and geovisualisation, and ecological and environmental sciences, you will examine ecological and resource management issues and the concept of sustainability at a landscape and regional level.
Agro-ecology, where the major challenges facing agriculture in the 21st century will be used as examples for critical discussions and for the development of potential solutions within the areas of agricultural research and consultancy using holistic and sustainable approaches.
The final step of your study will be to carry out a project, with supervision, in the form of a:
Dissertation, an individual study project that will allow you to investigate, build and complete a significant piece of scholarly work, relevant to ecology or in environmental sciences, with a clear applied or management context.