Master of Science by Coursework in Environmental Change and Management

  • 1. The Social Sciences Divisional Board shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee. The Course Director will be responsible to the Standing Committee.

  • 2. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Environmental Change and Management for at least three terms, and will, when entering for the examination be required to produce a certificate from the Course Director to this effect.

  • 3. The examination will consist of:

    • (i) a written examination of three papers on the syllabus described in the schedule:

    • (ii) a dissertation on a subject selected in consultation with the supervisor and Course Director and approved by the  Course and Academic Directors.

    • (iii) two assessed essays based on Elective courses. These must be uploaded to the course WebLearn Submissions site by the times and dates specified at the start of the course. Each submission must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate's own work.

  • 4. Candidates must submit to the Course Director by the end of the Hilary Term in the year in which they enter the examination, the title and a brief statement of the form and scope of their dissertation, together with the name of a person who has agreed to act as their supervisor during preparation of the dissertation.

  • 5. The dissertation shall be of a maximum of 15,000 words and accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 150 words. The maximum word count shall include footnotes, but exclude appendices, references and the abstract. The detailed format and specification of the dissertation shall be approved by the Standing Committee, and be published in the course handbook.

  • 6. The dissertation must be uploaded to the course WebLearn Submissions site no later than noon on the first weekday of September in the year in which the written examination is taken. The submission must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate's own work.

  • 7. In the written examination the examiners will permit the use of any hand-held pocket calculators subject to the conditions set out under the heading ‘Use of calculators in examinations’ in the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations.

  • 8. The examiners may also examine any candidate viva voce on the candidate's written papers, dissertation, or both.

  • 9. Arrangements for reassessment shall be specified by the Standing Committee and published in the course handbook.

  • 10. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

Schedule

  • (i) Understanding environmental change. Candidates will be expected to have integrative knowledge of the critical issues in current and future environmental change as applied to terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric systems. Forces driving change including resource scarcity, competition, population, land use, pollution, technological change, and climatic factors.

  • (ii) Responding to environmental change. Candidates will be expected to have knowledge of governance, economics, ethics, law, and sociocultural dimensions of mitigating and adapting to environmental change. Strategies appropriate for the management of changing environments.

  • (iii) Methods and techniques for environmental management. Candidates will be expected to have knowledge of methods for environmental appraisal and management. These may include: basic computing and modelling, experimental design, data acquisition and handling; remote sensing and GIS; methods of ecological economic and social analysis.

  • (iv) Electives. Candidates will be expected to show advanced knowledge of two of the elective courses on offer in any one year.