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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.

Key features

-Work side by side with experts from across the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Plymouth Business School – schools which were rated as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.
-Carry out an extended dissertation project - designed to benefit those who intend to undertake further study or a research-based career.
-Tailor your studies for the career you want – from environmental agencies and consultancies to local or central government and research – and take your place shaping the pioneering policy and projects of the future.
-Focus on the aspects of sustainable environmental management that you feel most strongly about, with an individual research project and accompanying dissertation.
-Benefit from our local, national and international sector connections as part of a respected and active research community that includes groups such as the Marine Institute – the first and largest of its kind in the UK – and the Centre for Sustainable Transport.
-Add value to your qualification by studying on a programme accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) – the benchmark for high-quality programmes recognised internationally by learners and employers.
-Balance your work commitments and further education with the opportunity to study part time for a masters-level qualification.

Course details

Exploring topics that span the natural and social sciences, you’ll gain vital insight into the whole spectrum of environmental management issues – from law and ethics to impact assessments and data analysis, river basin plans to marine regulations. We’ve designed the programme flexibly to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the essential theories, as well as practical fieldwork and industry experience.

During the first two terms of this one-year programme, you’ll study a range of core and optional taught modules – from international environmental policymaking to options like climate change: science and policy or economics and the environment. In the final term you’ll complete an independent dissertation project.

Throughout your studies, we’ll support you in gaining the research and professional skills to help you get the most from the programme – and launch a successful career.

Core modules
-GEES521 MRes Dissertation

Optional modules
-MAR515 Management of Coastal Environments
-MATH500 Big Data and Social Network Visualization
-ENVS5003 Ecological Survey Evaluation and Mitigation
-GEES515 Professional Practice in the Environmental Sector
-GEES516 Science, Society and Environmental Governance
-GEES519 Environmental Knowledge: From Field to Stakeholder
-GEOL5006 Sustainable Geoscience: Research and Communication
-CHM5002 Analytical Chemistry Principles

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the Sustainable Environmental Management - MRes page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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