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Increased environmental degradation and legislation, and a drive for greater environmental protection have created a demand for scientists skilled in environmental resource assessment and problems associated with their exploitation. This course gives you the skills required for careers in the environmental assessment industry, or organisations with a statutory involvement in the environment.

This interdisciplinary course in Environmental Resource Assessment is suitable for students with a first degree in biology, environmental science, hydrology, physical geography or a related subject.

The course is comprised of compulsory and optional modules, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests. Through the compulsory modules you will develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as:
-Environment and habitat assessment
-Ecological survey techniques
-Land-water interfaces
-Global ecosystems, land use and environmental change
-Geographical information systems and remote sensing

You will also undertake a major project, similar to one you might experience in the workplace. You will be supported through training in designing and delivering a laboratory project or field-based investigation. After choosing your topic you will collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis reporting your investigation and results in a critical manner. This research project and thesis may be undertaken overseas.


The course is taught in a block format with one, six week block and then smaller two week teaching blocks.

You will be taught through:
-Practical and field classes
-Case studies
-Small group discussions

You will be expected to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed through written examinations, coursework, presentations and your final major project.

You can also study through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS). This allows us to award postgraduate level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.

Visit the Environmental Resource Assessment - MSc page on the Newcastle University website for more details!





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