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* Subject to final approval. Globalisation continues to be a transformational and accelerating force driving contemporary social, economic and cultural change at all scales from continents to nation-states and local communities. Read more
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Globalisation continues to be a transformational and accelerating force driving contemporary social, economic and cultural change at all scales from continents to nation-states and local communities. Every area of life has been transformed by globalisation in complex ways. MA Global Studies provides you with an exciting interdisciplinary framework in which to develop and deepen your understanding of how globalisation is reorganising social and economic life, environmental awareness and cultural forms whilst creating new sets of public sector challenges, private sector innovations and entrepreneurial opportunities. This programme is distinctive in providing you not only with opportunities for advanced academic study of globalisation processes and impacts in all sectors alongside effective entrepreneurship, management and enterprise skills that that allow you to build your understanding and your career.

Why study Global Studies*?

This course is designed to give you an advanced appreciation of the drivers of and impact on social, economic and cultural change in contemporary society. Alongside a critical awareness of how and why various forms of change occur with different waves of globalisation, you will gain an understanding of complex change at multiple scales. This will benefit those seeking to contribute to private, public and third sector organisations that operate in increasingly globalised markets and environments and require an ability to change and adapt through evidence-based decision making in rapidly changing economic, social and cultural contexts.

The ability to focus your studies on questions of leadership, research and change management in the context of increasing globalisation allows those from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds to build their expertise and preparation for roles in management in any organisational context. MA Global Studies will give you an appreciation of the complex patterns of change to which organisations must adapt and respond if they are to identify and secure economic and social opportunities and benefits.

MA Global Studies does not require any particular disciplinary background, however it may appeal to those with an interest/background in subjects such as Business, Management and Organisations; Human and Social Geography; Development Studies; Education; Sociology and Social Sciences; Media and Communications and many more

Visit the website http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/society-enterprise-and-environment/courses/postgraduate/global-studies

Course structure

MA Global Studies is an interdisciplinary programme focused on the nature and impacts of globalisation in many areas of social, economic and cultural life. The programme allows you to access to a range of relevant study opportunities as wide as the impacts of globalisation itself. Selected modules are drawn from across our University alongside essential core modules and research methods training. This structure promotes the development of your understanding of the depth and breadth of global change as well as a curiosity for interdisciplinary enquiry.

You will take a combination of core and elective modules. The core modules deepen your understanding of globalisation past, present and future, with growing awareness of environmental interconnectedness - a hallmark of contemporary globalisation - being a distinctive focus. You will also benefit from rigorous training in research methods, essential for preparing you for the Global Studies Research Project in trimester 3, but also useful for those thinking about careers involving research in public, private and third sectors and those considering pursuing doctoral study.

Modules

Core modules:
Globalisation: Cultures and Flows
Environment and Society: Global Perspectives
Research Methods in Social Science
Global Studies Research Project

Elective modules:
Education and Development
Entrepreneurship
Financial Management for International Business
Intercultural Musicology
International Business and Management
International Education and Globalisation
International Higher Education
Introduction to Creative Writing
Leadership Principles: Context and Challenges
Strategy and Governance
Transnational Creativities

Course assessment

The programme is assessed using a range of items appropriate to the materials being considered. The mix will depend upon your module choices, typical tasks include: essays, case study work, data analysis, presentations, seen examinations, research proposal, extended research project (which can include fieldwork elements).

Teaching Methods and Resources

Bath Spa University students are among the most satisfied students at any UK university at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (Source: National Student Survey 2014; Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014). This programme combines our excellent and innovative teaching and varied and imaginative learning opportunities from across several disciplines. Whichever modules you choose you will have access to a huge range of learning resources, including our sector leading teaching spaces and industry-standard equipment.

- Teaching methods
The programme is taught through a very wide range of methods and media including: lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork, creative workshops, performances, tutor and student presentations, peer assessment. Alongside our expert staff, modules may make use of invited guest speakers who share their insights and experience in various sectors. Our personalised virtual learning environment is available 24/7 and holds an array of support materials, useful links and documentation.

Career opportunities

This programme combines advanced study and rigorous training in research methods, essential for multiple career options. Your deep and critical understanding of the complexities of the processes and impacts of globalisation on individuals, organisations and societies is excellent preparation for those in management and decision making roles in a range of organisations adapting to the challenges - and realising the opportunities - presented by globalisation. Whether your role is in a public service environment characterised by increased competition, a charity with global objectives or a business searching for new market opportunities in the wake of the social, technological and economic transformations of our age, this programme will help inform your understanding, evidence your decision making and give you an advantage in the increasingly globalised employment environment of the 21st century.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-do-i-apply

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The MSc International Development provides a multidisciplinary social science-based analysis and understanding of international development. Read more

Overview

The MSc International Development provides a multidisciplinary social science-based analysis and understanding of international development.

Students undertaking this programme will:

- Conduct a comprehensive review of current issues in international development policy and practice.
- Study a critical in-depth analysis of specific aspects of international development relating to specific areas of interest.

We also encourage diversity of intake in terms of experience, qualifications and interests to stimulate the mutual experience and learning.

This programme has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/msc-inte-deve/

Core Units

- Foundations of international development
- Economics for international development
- Sociology & social anthropology of development
- Policy and politics of developing countries
- Critical skills for international development and policy research
- Academic research skills and dissertation preparation

Optional units

- Critical issues in social development
- Globalisation & economic insecurity: social policy challenges
- Globalisation 2: political economy of globalisation
- Management of development
- World politics: conflict, security & development
- Sustainable development: natural resources and sustainability
- Wellbeing & human development 2: ethics and public policy
- Wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice

Students can also study one regional research specialism from South Asia, Africa and Latin Americaas part of an international development extended essay

View Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/sp/sp-proglist-pg.html#DB) for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the unit assessments, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects and oral presentations.

We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.

Careers

The Social & Policy Sciences department is committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training.

Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations, such as:

- Social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations.
- Public policy analysis at local, national and international levels.
- Public information and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.

About the department

The Department of Social & Policy Sciences (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/) includes academics from social policy, sociology, social work and international development.

The international excellence of our research (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/research/) was recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.

We are committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Our Department collaborates with a wide range of users at the local, national, European and global levels.

Postgraduate programmes:
We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes. Our postgraduate teaching strongly reflects our research and our links to policy-makers and development institutions at the national, European and global level.

Our Department also has an active MPhil/PhD research programme. We take great pride in fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Seminar series:
We run a lively and well attended postgraduate research seminar series. Each of the Research Centres run seminar series and conferences associated with their research activities. The University of Bath also has a Research in the World public lecture series where key national and international academics are invited to speak.

Main areas of research

We are an internationally-recognised research-intensive department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social wellbeing and social justice.

We draw together academic staff with backgrounds in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work and International Development and work closely with colleagues in Psychology, Economics, and Health.

We also have an active and vibrant community of research students (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/research/research-students/) undertaking their own research alongside our academic staff.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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The programme is designed for those wishing to pursue PhD research and those seeking to develop careers as policy analysts or applied researchers in international development. Read more

Overview

The programme is designed for those wishing to pursue PhD research and those seeking to develop careers as policy analysts or applied researchers in international development.

The programme:

- combines the academic study of key international development issues with a comprehensive exploration of research methods and skills
- offers a detailed examination of current and applied international development research
- supports the application of knowledge and skills to address contemporary research questions.
- comprises a mix of Faculty-wide research-based units and departmental disciplinary-based specialisations.

- South West Doctoral Training Centre
This MRes is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). It forms part of the Area and Development Studies Discipline-specific Pathway.

The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, where successful graduates could proceed onto a PhD in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.

If applying for an MRes + PhD (the 1 + 3 programme) you should indicate on the Application Form, your preferred PhD route.

Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/mres-inte-deve/

Programme structure

Core Units

- International development and poverty
- Short and long research apprenticeship projects
- Quantitative methods 1
- Qualitiative methods 1
- Principles & skills of social research
- Research skills and dissertation preparation
- Dissertation

Optional Units

- Sociology & anthropology of development
- Policy theory & the politics of developing countries
- Comparative European social policy
- Globalisation 1: political sociology of globalisation
- Economics for International Development
- International policy analysis
- Quantitative methods 2
- Qualitative methods 2
- Critical issues in social development
- Management of Development
- International development extended essay
- World politics, conflict , security & development
- Sustainable development livelihoods and wellbeing
- Wellbeing & human development 2 : development ethics
- One of Regional research specialisms (Africa, South America or South East Asia)

Further information can be found in the Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/sp/sp-proglist-pg.html#DA).

Programme intake is limited to 10 students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

About the department

The Department of Social & Policy Sciences (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/) includes academics from social policy, sociology, social work and international development.

The international excellence of our research (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/research/) was recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.

We are committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Our Department collaborates with a wide range of users at the local, national, European and global levels.

Postgraduate programmes:
We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes. Our postgraduate teaching strongly reflects our research and our links to policy-makers and development institutions at the national, European and global level.

Our Department also has an active MPhil/PhD research programme. We take great pride in fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Seminar series:
We run a lively and well attended postgraduate research seminar series. Each of the Research Centres run seminar series and conferences associated with their research activities. The University of Bath also has a Research in the World public lecture series where key national and international academics are invited to speak.

Careers information:
We are committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training. Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations, for example:

- social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations
- public policy analysis at local, national and international levels
- public information and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.

Main areas of research

We are an internationally-recognised research-intensive department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social wellbeing and social justice.

We draw together academic staff with backgrounds in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work and International Development and work closely with colleagues in Psychology, Economics, and Health.

We also have an active and vibrant community of research students (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/research/research-students/) undertaking their own research alongside our academic staff.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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This is a broad based and flexible course that will enable you to pursue a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit. Read more
This is a broad based and flexible course that will enable you to pursue a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit. Alternatively the course, or modules within it, can provide valuable continuing professional development (CPD) should you be a professional wanting to refresh or expand your skills in environmental management. This can be done by taking the whole course or individual modules as stand-alone CPD items.

This course has been developed following extensive consultation with industry. Unusually, and perhaps uniquely, for an Environmental Management Master’s, you can include Business Management modules in your options; something that is seen as a real benefit by our industry partners. In addition, through choosing particular modules and assessment options, the course can be tailored to suit a range of environmental interests and therefore careers in the environmental and management sectors. For example this course will suit you if you wish to pursue a career in ecological consultancy, pollution control or environmental hazards and liabilities.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

You will study two compulsory 30 credit modules (one in each taught trimester) that will provide a detailed overview of environmental management practices, principles, tools and techniques. These will include topics such as pollution, EMS, biodiversity, environmental monitoring, GIS, environmental decision-making and communication skills.

Modules amounting to a further 30 credits are also selected in each taught trimester, from a choice of environmental management or business management topics. You must take a minimum of 30 credits in environmental management and there are four 15 credit environmental management modules available. These are focused on: ecosystem management; environment and society; applied geomorphology; and wastes, energy and pollution. Business management modules are available in topics such as: contemporary management issues; entrepreneurship; financial management; marketing; and managing people.

Finally, you will complete a 60 credit independent research project that will allow you to demonstrate your environmental understanding in an area relevant to your interests and career; from biodiversity to business. You may also elect to use an existing project related to your employment as your dissertation.

MODULES

TRIMESTER 1
You will study the following modules in Trimester 1:

Principles of Environmental Management (30 credits):
This compulsory module provides an overview of environmental management principles, tools, and legislation: including sustainability, resource management, environmental hazards and ecosystem services.

Plus optional modules totalling 30 credits:

Waste, Energy and Pollution Management (15 credits) optional:
Develop your understanding of the potential negative impacts that arise through human interactions with the environment. Key aspects will include resource use and polluting emissions, especially through our generation of waste and utilisation of energy sources. It will also enable you to appreciate the role of new technologies in alleviating such effects.

Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice (15 credits) optional:
Gain a deeper, critical understanding of the human dimensions of environmental change. Develop your sense of the multi-layered and contested nature of environmental ‘problems’ and the ‘solutions’ variously proposed. A broad, interdisciplinary and critical awareness is encouraged through consideration of academic and policy literatures from different global and historical contexts.

Business Management Options:
Environmental managers often need a range of management skills, and these modules will allow you to develop some of these important skills. Modules available include: Financial Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Managing People, and Management in Practice. Management in Practice is a 30 credit module providing an excellent overview if you have no formal business training. The other modules are 15 credit modules and will allow the development of specific skills.


TRIMESTER 2
You will study the following modules in Trimester 2:

Professional Practice for Environmental Management (30 credits):
This compulsory module develops key professional skills, including: GIS, environmental risks and decision- making, survey and monitoring, sampling design, data management and analysis, reporting and communication.

Plus optional modules totalling 30 credits:

Ecosystem Management (15 credits) optional:
Modern economic theory (ecological economics) considers ecosystem sustainability as the foundation of all economic sustainability and its crucial role in underpinning business and political decisions. Hence, this module investigates the natural environment in terms of ecosystem functions and resource management, both of which can provide benefits and provide challenges for human beings and the wider environment. It also considers the extent to which we can assign economic value to nature.

Applied Geomorphology (15 credits) optional:
Develop the theoretical and practical skills to equip you to undertake integrated and applied geomorphological projects relevant to the environmental management and consultancy sectors.

Business Management Options:
From a range of management skills and specialisms (see Trimester 1 options)

TRIMESTER 3
In this trimester you complete a 60 credit research project, which will require you to research an applied environmental question. There is considerable flexibility in subject choice and the project focus will reflect your core interests, and may range from the influence of environmental issues on business decision-making, to monitoring biodiversity. This could include industry-based/work placement projects, with our industry partners.

TEACHING METHODS AND RESOURCES

Teaching is a mix of lectures, seminars, small tutor groups, practical/field work sessions and online/desk- based study.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The dependence of economic sustainability and social wellbeing on a sustainable natural environment is now accepted, and through several international agreements, Governments across the world have acknowledged the urgent need to secure environmental sustainability. The need for well- informed Environmental Managers has therefore never been greater. This means managers who not only understand the environment, but also understand its importance to economic and social well being.

This Master’s will provide you with the expertise, practical skills and confidence to pursue specialist careers in environmental management, environmental consultancy or ecology and provide crucial environmental understanding for successful careers in local government, the civil service, engineering, planning or business.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

A range of assessment methods are used, all with a strong emphasis on applying the skills you learn during your course to workplace scenarios. These include writing technical reports, presentations and the use of electronic media, such as developing a specialist wiki. There will be no written examinations.

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