This MSc responds to one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing today: the sustainable management of our planet's natural resources and environment, to provide sustainable livelihoods for all people into the twenty-first century and beyond.
The programme :
• is designed for those wishing to develop a career in natural resource management. • allows you to explore and develop your own interests within a carefully designed and vocationally relevant set of taught modules and a dissertation. • is taught jointly between ecologists, economists and geographers – meaning that you will study this programme to its fullest breadth and depth. • offers postgraduates an unrivalled opportunity to understand the scientific basis of natural resource management through lectures, seminars, practical and field-based courses, both in the UK and overseas.
Course modules Core: • Research Design and Methods in Geography • Living with Environmental Change • Sustainable Management of Biological Resources: Ecosystem and Biodiversity Conservation • Dissertation Option modules: • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing • Global Climate and Environmental Change • Biodiversity Conservation and Global Change: Tropical East Africa • Environmental Economics • Ecological and Environmental Assessment • The Changing Water Cycle • Water Quality Processes and Management
Teaching and Learning
We recognise the need for challenging and diverse methods of assessment. Our methods vary from traditional examinations, individual oral presentations, reports, web pages, research proposals, literature reviews and posters. We also include an amount of field-based teaching and computer practical sessions in our courses. As well as being taught subject knowledge, you will also receive training on how to plan, develop and execute a programme of individual research. We feel that the development of group skills is very important and a number of pieces of coursework involve a team of people. Coursework feedback is given promptly and in considerable detail, enabling you to improve continuously.
Opportunities/ Reasons to study
As a student on our MSc Sustainable Development of Natural Resources programme you will have the opportunity to:
• Engage with leading research and researchers in the field • Select from a range of optional modules to best fit your interests and career aspirations • Study part time if preferred, to fit with your existing professional and personal commitments • Undertake fieldwork in the UK and Kenya e.g. Biodiversity Conservation and Global Change: Tropical East Africa The module will take place for ten field days at locations in the Rift Valley Kenya. It will be largely under canvas, in a safari camp that is already maintained by the Department of Biology for its Rift Valley Lakes research. • Enhance your career prospects • Complete an in-depth research project for your dissertation, with support from a dedicated supervisor.
World Class Facilities
Students have access to state-of-the-art Physical Geography instrumentation. There are separate laboratories for environmental, molecular stable isotope and palaeoecological research that can be used to reconstruct past climates and environments, the preparation of thin sections, hardware modelling using rainfall simulation and flume channels as well as a large, general-purpose laboratory that recently been completely refurbished.
Additional resources include an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, a Scanning Electron Microscope, a cold store, a Coulter Laser Diffraction particle size analyser, differential GPS and a wide range of field equipment. A new eddy covariance flux tower was purchased recently to measure carbon, energy and water fluxes between vegetation and the atmosphere.
The department has installed suites of PCs, LINUX work-stations and Virtual Reality Equipment (including a theatre) in several newly refurbished computing laboratories as a result of securing £3.9 million from HEFCE to house a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) on the subject of spatial literacy and spatial thinking.