Environmental sciences is the interdisciplinary study of atmospheric, oceanic, freshwater and terrestrial environments, coupled with an assessment of the interactions with human society. This MSc programme will give you a rigorous understanding of the Earth’s natural processes, the impacts of human activities on the global environment and the strategies required for the sustainable management of natural resources. It will offer you a range of subjects to choose from and a wide array of career options, both in postgraduate research and vocational employment. Whether you’re an environmental sciences graduate seeking additional training, or you’ve studied a related subject and wish to widen your environmental knowledge and skills, this flexible course is ideal. You’ll explore the science of climate change and the human adaptive response to increasing global temperatures and sea-level rise. Your training will also help you master the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of diverse datasets and the application of analytical tools such as numerical models and geographic information systems (GIS) to aid complex decision-making.
These transferable skills are invaluable for the jobs market, and will support you to move into a rewarding career.
The MSc Environmental Sciences is made up of 180 credits – with 100 credits gained from the taught components (usually five 20 credit modules) and 80 credits from your independent research project. Of the 80 credits for your research project, 20 credits are for your project proposal (coursework for the Research Skills module) while the remaining 60 credits are for your final project report.
You’ll start planning your independent research project in the autumn semester, submit your project proposal in February, and hand in your final project report in early August. This means that you’ll be working on your research project from the spring semester onwards through the summer. You’ll be marked on successfully completing the assessment for each module and reaching the learning outcomes.
Through your choice of taught modules, you can carve your own curriculum pathway – which could focus on a specific area of environmental sciences or include a range of interdisciplinary subject. You’ll work with your advisors and course director to choose your 100 credits of modules from our wide selection. You can even choose modules from other Schools if they contribute to a clear programme of study in the field of environmental sciences. You’ll complete your taught modules over two semesters, with examinations in the early summer.
In addition to our core MSc Environmental Sciences course, we also offer two environmental sciences pathways focusing specifically on sustainability. These are Science, Society and Sustainability and Ecology and Economics for Sustainability. If you choose one of these sustainability pathways, you’ll take two additional 20-credit modules, leaving 60 credits for optional modules. For the Science, Society and Sustainability pathway your additional modules will be Science, Society and Sustainability and Sustainable Consumption. For the Ecology and Economics for Sustainability pathway you’ll take Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability, and Economics and Ecosystem Services. You can also choose to take this MSc part time.
Visit the MSc Environmental Sciences page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!
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