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Environmental Management and Geographic Information Systems (Distance Learning MSc)


Course Description

Summary

The PgDip/MSc programme in Environmental Management with GIS aims to provide an advanced education in Environmental Management, specialising in environmental impact assessment, biodiversity management, pollution monitoring and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The course aims to teach students the principles and practice of environmental management, the contribution of empirical and case study scientific research, and the manipulation and analysis of spatial environmental data.

- Flexible learning (online only available)

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-environmental-management-and-geographic-information-systems-pt-el

Course detail

- Description –

This course aims to teach how environmental management and data handling tools, such as impact assessment, site conservation planning, environmental management systems, ecological monitoring and GIS are applied in making knowledge based decisions on managing the environment. This is considered in the context of environmental legislative/policy frameworks within which industry, government and voluntary bodies work.

Specific objectives are to:

Understand the importance of evidence -based approach to environmental policy and strategic decision-making
Apply quantitative techniques to assess the effects of environmental management
Use GIS as a framework for collating, manipulating and managing spatial data relating to the environment
Produce environmental impact statements and advise on implementing environmental management systems
Apply structured planning principles to site biodiversity management and ecosystem restoration
Monitor pollution and assess its environmental effects.
Students will be provided with a student copy of Esri ArcGIS software free of charge.

To take this course, you will need access to a computer with a fast internet connection. The course uses the Blackboard learning environment and the modules are delivered using online lectures, including practical and tutorial material. Students and staff interact via email, discussion boards and online chat. You will find that this course is much more flexible than traditional on-campus university courses as you can study using your own computer and the internet, at your own pace, any place and any time (within given timeframes).

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Assessment is 100% by course work with no sessional examinations. There is a mixture of methods including practical reports, problem analysis, projects, literature reviews and essays, class tests, group work and a research project.

Students are able to use the University's extensive online resources of electronic journals, books and databases.

Career options

The majority of students on the course are already working in industry or public services and taking the course has helped them to gain promotion and/or change careers as a result of their new skills.

Key skills which will be developed are:

Biodiversity management plans and site restoration design
Ecological monitoring
Environmental management systems
Research analysis and data interpretation techniques
Management, processing, analysis, interpretation and presentation of geo-spatial data
Operation and use of Geographic Information Systems.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Environmental Management and Geographic Information Systems (Distance Learning MSc) page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Student Profiles
Scholarships

Entry Requirements

PgDip: you must hold an honours degree in a science or other suitable discipline or demonstrate your ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). MSc: you initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and if you complete it with an overall mark of 50% or higher you can proceed to the MSc programme.English language requirements for international applicants:The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.5).Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Last Updated

19 July 2017

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