This MSc provides you with a timely and integrated perspective on environmental bioscience, environmental management, and environmental politics and regulations. You’ll focus specifically on the context of land management for the sustainable production of food, energy and ecosystem services.
The course comprises taught core (Soil, Water & Plant Mineral Nutrition; Biosciences, Politics & Social Acceptability; Climate Change; Biological Invasions in Changing Environments; Environmental Accounting; Organic & Low Input Systems; Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services; Microbiomics & Metagenomics; Challenges of Global Food Security; Environment Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety) and optional modules and a project, placement or dissertation. We’ll provide you with an up-to-date overview of issues relating to climate change and its implications for natural resources, biodiversity, and sustainability. You’ll also be able to explore an area of interest in greater detail through an individual research project, placement or dissertation. The elective modules will allow you to learn about the role of environmental law and regulations, or to gain knowledge related to marketing, finance or business as part of this degree.
You’ll emerge with the skills to evaluate the scientific causes and impacts of climate and environmental change, and to communicate these effectively. This means you’ll be suited to a variety of roles in areas such as climate policy, outreach and development, science editing, environmental marketing and corporate sustainability policy. If you’re planning a research career in fundamental or applied environmental bioscience, you’ll find this course equally beneficial.
First job after graduating: Projects Coordinator at Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)
What was the best thing about the MSc?
The teaching during the MSc was fantastic with a wide range of interesting and passionate lectures covering the different modules. The lecturers were also great at linking their subjects to practical applications and scene setting the learning within the wider syllabus.
What have you gained from your time at Warwick?
A wide and in depth understanding of an area that is extremely topical, important and increasingly relevant in many sectors. It developed a large amount of transferable skills, including my writing skills, time management and the way I approach tasks, all of which were able to develop significantly throughout the year. Conversation with interested lecturers and fellow students throughout the year enabled ideas to develop and a real engagement with the topics throughout. And a job.
Did the MSc help you gain the job you have now?
Yes, I am currently working at LEAF on their technical side promoting Integrated Farm Management. I carried out a placement here as part of my degree where I undertook a soils project and was offered a job after. The project gave me the opportunity to visit over 20 farms across the UK and gave a great insight into an industry I previously knew very little about. The learnings from the masters gave a solid academic background and the work on my placement allowed me to put this to use in a practical setting.
Graduated with Merit in 2012
What did you enjoy about the course?
The taught section of the MSc Environmental Biosciences in a Changing Climate course provided an interesting array of core modules, with the option to choose additional modules of interest to you. These were taught by staff with lots of enthusiasm for their subject and I particularly enjoyed guest lectures from people who are currently working within the industry. There is a range of learning techniques, from lectures and class discussions, to conferences and lab work. My project was calculating the carbon footprint for West Midland Safari Park. I particularly enjoyed taking ownership of this project and working closely with a company and its employees. I have found that the skills gained from this project have been vital in my new career.
Where are you now?
I am currently working at SKM Enviros as a Graduate EIA Consultant. SKM Enviros is an environmental consultancy providing services in water, the environment, sustainability and health and safety. I am primarily based within the power sector, supporting on Environmental Impact Assessments and the production Environmental Statements for a variety of renewable energy projects. The nature of EIA has allowed me to get involved in a range of technical disciplines, from ecology to socio-economics.
Graduated in 2012
What did you like about your course?
The MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate course provided me with a great range of subjects to study - from biodiversity to microbes in extreme environments. Each module was taught by engaging staff with expertise in the subject area.
I particularly enjoyed the variety of learning; each module was taught through lectures, presentations, class debates and field studies. Lectures were informative and the field studies and outings helped to put the subject material into real-life context. Presenting research material to my classmates throughout the course has improved my ability to critically analyse and present in an informative manner, as well as increasing my confidence to stand and talk to large groups!
Where are you now?
I am now working at Solar Power Generation LTD, a renewable energy company based in Somerset. SPGL primarily operate large scale solar parks on low quality agricultural land. My job as Commercial Targeting Manager is to assess the suitability of land to act as a site for renewable generation. Included in this assessment are environmental impact surveys. The MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate course has enabled me to evaluate the consequences of developing agricultural land and to appreciate the importance of biodiversity and robust land management practices.
Graduated in 2011
What did you like about your course?
The first half of the year was broad enough to introduce many topics of environmental biosciences. It was taught by people with a real passion for their subjects. In the second half of the year, for the project there was the opportunity to research exactly what I was interested in. Where are you now?
I'm currently doing an internship with ClientEarth who founded the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC). The SSC works with businesses and seafood industry representatives to develop voluntary codes of practice with the aim that all the seafood sold in the UK will come from sustainable sources.
The Scholarship Award will be deducted from tution fee charges.
Value of Scholarship(s)
These Scholarships are available to UK students only who are in receipt of an offer to study on the following Life Sciences taught masters course at the University of Warwick.◾Food Security ◾Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century ◾Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate.
On the application form please provide the details requested and explain: ◾Why you have chosen to study your particular course ◾How the receipt of this award would make a difference to you ◾What your aspirations are in terms of your future career and how this relates to the future success of the agri-food sector.
The closing date for applications is 31st July 2016. Applicants will be short-listed and those on the short-list will be asked to take part in a telephone or Skype interview in the week beginning 8th August. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified shortly after the closing date.