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At the frontier of natural and social science where economic, ethical and political issues converge this programme helps you explore the many dimensions of sustainability and the environment. From the classroom to the field, our practical teaching provides a strong foundation for you to investigate your specific interests and gain hands-on experience. Led by renowned experts, as part of a multidisciplinary research community, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to build a successful career.
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A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Candidates with experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply.
Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.
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After three years in the music industry, Sally Murrall decided to go travelling. It was during this time she realised what she really wanted to do with her life - help protect the environment - and so she returned to the UK to make a start by enrolling on an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of Plymouth.
I travelled to South America, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Far East, which was when I witnessed first hand how the changes to the environment are affecting the world.
This was when I realised what I wanted to do with my life. When all my friends were on the beach in Thailand, I was in an internet café researching my options. I started looking at courses relating to environmental change and sustainability.
When I returned to the UK, I volunteered as a climate change campaigner for Friends of the Earth in Birmingham before taking up a place on the MSc at Plymouth.
Having completed my MSc, I had a lot of options but I decided to stay on and complete a PhD in Renewable Energy Policy. The University was a great place to study.
I am self-funding my PhD, working as a teacher at the University. I work as a consultant in the Centre for Sustainable Futures. I work on a specific project that demands around four weeks a year, but I can spread this out over the year.
The flexible hours are very handy. I am also the chair of the ‘Climate Society’ at the University, so I am rather busy. However, one thing I have learned through the PhD is good time management. In fact, the University of Plymouth offers many courses on skills development which are run by the Postgraduate Centre, which are really useful.
My PhD is so unlike my first degree. It is teaching me how to be an effective researcher. My first degree was very broad and a PhD is extremely focused. My first degree was also very structured and a PhD is mostly self-directed, thus, it has taught me how to motivate myself and direct my own studies.
As a postgraduate you are treated as a member of staff, your study is self-directed and you are expected to be quite independent. You are also invited to take teaching courses and give presentations and seminars about your work.
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