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Course content

The Master of Research (MRes) in Environment, Energy and Resilience engages the latest critical thinking on risk management, critical infrastructure, public regulation, policy studies and the environmental sciences. It is designed to develop your understanding of key debates relating to environmental challenges, energy resource use and security, and the resilience and adaptability of human systems. It aims to equip you with a broad based and relevant knowledge of research approaches and methods in the interdisciplinary fields of environment and energy studies, and the social responses to issues therein.

The programme aims to prepare you for a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments. The core training in interdisciplinary social scientific philosophy, epistemology, methodology and analysis is set within a contemporary context, allowing you to apply the wider concepts and skills introduced in the broader social scientific setting to specific topics of enquiry in environment and energy. You will be encouraged to review and critically evaluate approaches to research and their application, and to identify and investigate your own research questions.

The MRes Environment, Energy and Resilience is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the larger ESRC funded South West Doctoral Training Centre(http://www.exeter.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/fundedcentres/swdtc/) a hub of world-class social science research. The MRes also forms the first year of a collaborative 1+3 (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with all three institutions.

Learning and teaching

The programme will adopt a range of small group teaching methods alongside the encouragement of independent study. An innovative element of the programme will be to integrate inter-institutional teaching through the ‘Contemporary Debates in Environment, Energy and Resilience’ module using the University’s Access Grid facility. In addition, you will receive specific interdisciplinary research training via the ‘Interdisciplinary Research Design’ module that will provide you with a way of discussing the challenges of working across disciplines with staff and fellow students.

Specifically, you will be exposed to the following learning and teaching methods: seminars, lectures, tutorials, guest speaker presentations, role play, virtual learning and online interaction.

Programme structure

The following lists describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include; Contemporary Debates in Environment, Energy and Resilience [Delivered with Bath and Bristol]; Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Methods [Delivered with Bath and Bristol]; Dissertation in Environment, Energy and Resilience; Governing Sustainability; Introduction to Energy Policy and Sustainability; Themes in Climate Change and Key Skills.

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules which may be available are Statistical Modelling; Understanding Environmental Change; Environmental Sustainability in Practice; Independent Work-based Learning; Climate Hazards and Risk Assessment; Environmental Law; Regulation of Financial Markets and Institutions; Conflict, Security and Development; Theories of Development; Environmental Politics; Globalisation and Culture; Psychology of Risk; Quantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods and Environmental and Resource Economics.

Careers

The MRes Environment, Energy and Resilience is designed to prepare you for a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments. The programme sets the core training in inter-disciplinary social scientific philosophy, epistemology, methodology and analysis within a contemporary context, allowing you to apply the wider concepts and skills introduced in the broader social scientific setting to specific topics of inquiry in environment and energy.

Visit the MRes Environment, Energy and Resilience page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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