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Full Time Masters Degrees in Environmental Sciences, Reading, United Kingdom

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This course will prepare you for a research career in the agricultural and agri-environment sectors or for subsequent doctoral studies in agroecology and environmental sciences. Read more

This course will prepare you for a research career in the agricultural and agri-environment sectors or for subsequent doctoral studies in agroecology and environmental sciences.

It is taught by researchers from the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), one of the leading centres for agroecology research worldwide and highly respected by employers in the sector.

You will develop a multi-disciplinary appreciation of the underlying environmental, social and economic issues surrounding contemporary agricultural systems. You will also gain a rigorous training in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in agriculture, ecology and environmental science.

You will then join one of the University’s thriving research teams to conduct a 30-week research project supervised closely by experts in the field. This will provide you with the necessary independent research skills to pursue a career in the sector.

What will you study?

  • Research Methods for Agriculture, Ecology and Environment
  • Research Project in Agriculture, Ecology and Environment
  • Issues in Agriculture, Ecology and Environment

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae" target="_blank">http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae



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Gain advanced training in the palaeoenvironment. Develop skills for a career in commercial and heritage organisations or future doctoral research. Read more
  • Gain advanced training in the palaeoenvironment
  • Develop skills for a career in commercial and heritage organisations or future doctoral research
  • Choose from geoarchaeology and bioarchaeology options for advanced skills in environmental-based assessments, heritage management and field projects
  • Become part of a world-leading Department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research

What will you study?

Compulsory modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • Issues and Debates in Environmental Archaeology
  • Research Skills and Career Learning
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Field Methods and Experimentation
  • Field Course: Earth Science & Archaeological Investigations

Optional modules include:

Geoarchaeology 

  • Geochemistry in Quaternary Science and Archaeology 
  • Climate Change and Human Communities 
  • Quaternary Climate Change 
  • Coastal and Maritime Geoarchaeology 
  • Tropical Rainforests, Climate and Land Use Through Time 
  • Applications of Micromorphological Analysis 

Bioarchaeology 

  • Human Bioarchaeology 
  • Food and Culture 
  • Zooarchaeology 
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 
  • Molluscan Biostatigraphy 
  • Our Closest Cousins? Archaeology of the Neanderthals 

Placements and Careers

  • Erasmus Scheme (involves 1 term in Europe)
  • Research and Enterprise Placement 
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Management of Heritage Assets 

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our graduates go on to full-time employment within archaeology and related consultancies or units, museums and government agencies. Up to one third continue their academic career through doctoral research. In recent years, graduates have been successful in obtaining appointments with heritage agencies (Historic England, National Trust) and universities, including Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Newcastle.



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University of Reading School of Biological Sciences
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Prepare for employment in the competitive wildlife conservation sector. Emphasis is placed on CV development. Relevant extracurricular activities help you to hone the skills and qualities desired by employers. Read more
  • Prepare for employment in the competitive wildlife conservation sector
  • Emphasis is placed on CV development
  • Relevant extracurricular activities help you to hone the skills and qualities desired by employers
  • Less than 50% of the contact hours are spent in a lecture room

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Species and habitat conservation
  • Mammal conservation
  • Management of vertebrates for conservation
  • Conservation genetics
  • Field trips

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.



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This programme currently has a 100% employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors. The only UK programme to have over half of its modules overseen by consultants. Read more
  • This programme currently has a 100% employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors
  • The only UK programme to have over half of its modules overseen by consultants
  • Designed in partnership with RSK Group consultancy to provide the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants
  • Focuses on hands-on and field-based training
  • Offers the opportunity for a six-month placement (with bursary) with an ecological consultant

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Vegetation survey and assessment
  • Invertebrate survey and assessment
  • Vertebrate survey and assessment
  • Professional skills
  • Field trips

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.



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Study at one of only four universities to have a Met Office Academic Partnership. Join a Department with internationally leading research on weather and climate. Read more
  • Study at one of only four universities to have a Met Office Academic Partnership
  • Join a Department with internationally leading research on weather and climate
  • Take management modules at the triple-accredited Henley Business School
  • Benefit from significant contact time with world-leading researchers during your dissertation project

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Atmospheric physics
  • Tropical weather systems
  • Managing people and organisations
  • Environmental data exploration and visualisation
  • Remote sensing

For an idea of what topics you may be able to study, view our 2017/18 modules list (2018/19 modules may differ).

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research.

In recent years, our students have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, FUGRO Geos, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.



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Join a world-class Department with internationally leading research. Study at one of only four universities to be part of the Met Office Academic Partnership. Read more
  • Join a world-class Department with internationally leading research
  • Study at one of only four universities to be part of the Met Office Academic Partnership
  • Work on a research project with one of over 30 industrial partners
  • Gain hands-on experience through our field course, atmospheric observatory and professional forecaster training delivered by the Met Office

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Atmospheric physics
  • Operational forecasting systems and applications
  • Hazardous weather
  • Measurements and instrumentation
  • Experiencing the weather field course

For an idea of what topics you may be able to study, view our 2017/18 modules list (2018/19 modules may differ).

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research.

In recent years, our students have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, FUGRO Geos, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.



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Gain a thorough understanding of the key principles of environmental science that underpin the assessment and management of contaminated and polluted environments. Read more
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the key principles of environmental science that underpin the assessment and management of contaminated and polluted environments
  • Take core modules dedicated to providing a solid understanding of the impact of pollution
  • Develop skills applicable to a career in environmental consultancy, contaminated land management and remediation
  • Take advantage of outstanding collections and facilities
  • Participate in world-leading fieldwork and research

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Pollutant behaviour in the environment
  • Practical site investigation and assessment
  • Field class
  • Waste and environmental management
  • Air pollution

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our students go on to work in a wide variety of academic and research posts, as well as in public and private sector organisations within the UK and internationally.

Graduates are highly employable in the growing market for environmental managers and consultants. Our programmes also provide in-service training for those already working within the profession 



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Gain a robust understanding in renewable energy and sustainable technologies, as well as carbon management and energy use in the built environment. Read more

Gain a robust understanding in renewable energy and sustainable technologies, as well as carbon management and energy use in the built environment.

The MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability deals with the applications of renewable energy and sustainable technology combined with the impact on the environment of using non-sustainable technologies. We focus on the technical and policy questions arising from global demands for secure, affordable and sustainable energy. We cover rapidly-evolving fields that are vitally relevant to how society develops in the 21st century. This course is accredited by the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.

The distinctive focus is on renewable energy and sustainable technologies, as well as carbon management and energy use in the built environment.

There is international concern about the environmental damage associated with the conversion of energy from all sources. Renewable energy sources can make a significant contribution to the reduction of pollution, if used in a sustainable way. Renewable fuels and energy systems can also offer protection against future shortages and price increases of conventional energy, and can provide energy supplies in remote areas.

This course has been Labelled by Climate KIC - a knowledge and Innovation Community that works with existing and relevant Master's courses to enhance them with complementary learning

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Energy carbon and the environment
  • Sustainable heat and power
  • Energy in buildings
  • Sustainable urban systems
  • Building information modelling

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.

Full-time

We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

The School has international alumni spread throughout the world. Many are in senior positions within governments, NGOs or the private sector. Graduates from the MSc in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability are uniquely equipped to engage with the challenges of reducing the carbon footprint of energy generation and use. You will acquire the expertise and skills to significantly enhance your employability options in a wide range of energy and sustainability-related occupations. Particular attention is given to the development of research skills and critical thinking. The specific aim is to develop specialist skills. These arise from exposure to theory, research and methods of critical evaluation, while enabling career development.

Graduates will typically be employed in professional roles, such as:

  • Energy Officer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Sustainable Energy Consultant
  • Renewables Engineer
  • Renewables Consultant
  • Technical Director
  • Project Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Sales and Marketing Specialist
  • Design Engineer


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Agriculture at Reading is rated best in the UK (QS World Ranking 2016). Develop skills for working along the research-extension-development continuum. Read more
  • Agriculture at Reading is rated best in the UK (QS World Ranking 2016)
  • Develop skills for working along the research-extension-development continuum
  • Examine agriculture’s contribution towards the UN’s sustainable development goals
  • Analyse the biophysical, economic and social contexts for sustainable intensification of farming systems in developing countries
  • Programme includes optional horticulture pathway

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Rethinking agricultural development (including horticulture): implementing solutions
  • Agriculture in the tropics
  • Experimental agriculture/horticulture

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae" target="_blank">http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae



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Home to the Walker Institute – a world-leading authority on climate change. Juxtaposes and critically examines the interdisciplinary environment-development nexus at a range of levels. Read more
  • Home to the Walker Institute – a world-leading authority on climate change
  • Juxtaposes and critically examines the interdisciplinary environment-development nexus at a range of levels
  • Takes a “one-world, one-future” approach to economic growth, equity and global environmental change
  • Explores the drivers and consequences of environmental crises
  • Aimed at graduates and mid-range professionals from a range of disciplines

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Global environmental change and development
  • Theories and practices of development
  • Ecosystem services
  • Addressing poverty and inequality
  • Plants, green space and sustainability

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae" target="_blank">http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae



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Gain a solid grounding in the scientific principles behind environmental management issues. Accredited by Climate-KIC (knowledge and innovation community). Read more
  • Gain a solid grounding in the scientific principles behind environmental management issues
  • Accredited by Climate-KIC (knowledge and innovation community)
  • Develop skills for a career in areas such as environmental management and consultancy or for future doctoral research
  • Take advantage of outstanding teaching collections and facilities housed in modern premises
  • Participate in world-leading fieldwork and research

What will you study?

Core modules include:

  • Environmental Management : Principles and Practice
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Waste and Environmental Management
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Contemporary Issues in Environmental Law
  • Research Skills and Career Learning
  • Research Project

Optional modules include:

Recommended

  • Field Class 
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Data , or
  • Qualitative Research Methods 

Stream 1: Contaminated and Urban Environments

  • Pollutant Behaviour in the Environment 
  • Environmental Pollution 
  • Laboratory analysis of soils and pollutants 
  • Environmental Consultancy 
  • Air Pollution: Effects and Control 
  • Environmental and Pollution Microbiology 
  • Urban Ecology 
  • Plants, greenspace and urban sustainability

Stream 2: The Changing Environment

  • Climate Change 
  • Carbon and Global Change 
  • Climate Policy, Justice and Society 
  • The Science of Climate Change 
  • Preparing for Floods 
  • Energy, Climate Change and Development 
  • Global Environmental Change and Development 
  • Climate Change and Food Systems 

Stream 3: Agriculture and Rural Environments

  • Issues in Agricultural Systems 
  • Wildlife and Farming 
  • Water agriculture and irrigation 
  • Agriculture in the Tropics 
  • Principles of Integrated Pest Management 
  • Rethinking agricultural development 
  • Conservation Biology 
  • Climate Change and Food Systems

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our students go on to work in a wide variety of academic and research posts, as well as in public and private sector organisations within the UK and internationally.

Graduates are highly employable in the growing market for environmental managers and consultants. Our programmes also provide in-service training for those already working within the profession.



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Home to the Walker Institute – a world-leading authority on climate change. Taught by academics working at the forefront of research and policy development. Read more
  • Home to the Walker Institute – a world-leading authority on climate change
  • Taught by academics working at the forefront of research and policy development
  • Analyse issues at the interface of climate change and development
  • Integrates the natural and social science of climate change
  • Excellent preparation for work in aid and development agencies, NGOs and government departments
  • Climate-KIC affiliated

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Energy, climate change and development
  • The science of climate change
  • Global environmental change and development
  • Theories and practices of development
  • Addressing poverty and inequality

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae" target="_blank">http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae



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Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments is based on advanced understanding of the key subjects required for meeting carbon emission reduction targets in the building sector, in the overall context of climate change, and in resource depletion. Read more

Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments is based on advanced understanding of the key subjects required for meeting carbon emission reduction targets in the building sector, in the overall context of climate change, and in resource depletion.

We deal with the analysis, synthesis, design and assessment of modern, energy efficient environmental systems (including urban systems, and passive and active building systems), using analytical and computer simulation techniques. We develop knowledge in environmental engineering and building design, design management, the application of digital technology, and urban and building sustainability.

A recurring theme throughout the course concerns the dynamic nature of integrated design, and the operation and management of sustainable built environments. The themes cover urban sustainability, environmental design, intelligent operation and management.

The distinctive focus is on a truly interdisciplinary approach to the design and operation of sustainable buildings and cities.

The aim of the course is to provide a coherent framework for the discipline and practice of design and management. Each module includes sessions delivered by leading practitioners. The course is continually informed not only by the latest developments in industry, but also by on-going international research.

The course is ideal for professionals in the built environment including urban planners, architects, building services engineers, facilities managers and performance assessors. The challenges include fragmentation of disciplines in built environments. We aim to prepare professionals to address these challenges through the acquisition of key practical skills of analysis and simulation in technical issues in environmental design, engineering and management.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Urban microclimates
  • Green building assessment
  • Environmental quality and well-being
  • Carbon management
  • Advanced visualisation and interactive technologies

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.

Full-time

We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

Graduates will typically find employment in the following areas: environmental urban planning, architectural design, environmental engineering, facilities management, energy assessment, green building assessment or energy policy.



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University of Reading Department of Law
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This course studies the combination of legal, environmental and economic considerations which lie at the heart of the oil and gas industry. Read more

This course studies the combination of legal, environmental and economic considerations which lie at the heart of the oil and gas industry. Modules can be chosen from the School of Law, School of Economics, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, Henley Business School and the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science. You will enhance your knowledge of the oil and gas industry and improve your employability not only for law firms active in these industries but also for in-house legal teams.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Legal issues in oil and gas
  • Oil and gas contract law
  • Corporate governance and accountability
  • Climate change policy and governance
  • Soils, waste and environmental management

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

A postgraduate law degree will open many doors for you, not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

Graduates from our LLM programmes have gone on to work for a range of national and international law firms, as lawyers and as in-house legal counsel for large multinational companies in the UK and abroad, as well as international organisations and NGOs.



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Study at one of only four universities to have a Met Office Academic Partnership. Join a Department with internationally leading research on weather and climate. Read more
  • Study at one of only four universities to have a Met Office Academic Partnership
  • Join a Department with internationally leading research on weather and climate
  • Apply your skills to the problems of climate change and extreme weather
  • Learn how to run and develop numerical models of the atmosphere and climate systems

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Atmospheric physics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans
  • Mid-latitude weather systems
  • Global circulation of the atmosphere and oceans

For an idea of what topics you may be able to study, view our 2017/18 modules list (2018/19 modules may differ).

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research.

In recent years, our students have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, FUGRO Geos, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.



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