Societies and governments across the globe are faced with increasingly complex environmental challenges, from climate change to local environmental quality in our cities and regions. Within this context, there is a growing demand for graduates with a capacity to develop environmental policy choices, to analyse them critically and to provide guidance in policy implementation.
The aim of the MSc in Environmental Policy is to provide students with the professional knowledge, skills and tools to equip them for a career in the environmental field while contributing to a more sustainable and resilient future. The MSc provides both introductory and specialised modules in Environmental Policy, and as such we welcome applicants from a diverse range of academic backgrounds including social sciences and arts, environmental sciences, law and business studies, and engineering.
What will I learn?
The MSc in Environmental Policy is designed to develop professional knowledge, skills and tools for environmental problem solving and for a successful career in the environmental field:
How will I benefit?
The MSc in Environmental Policy will provide you with the skills and knowledge to understand environmental challenges and to provide innovative, creative and socially just solutions for managing environmental change. Within the degree programme you will develop practical and transferable skills including environmental assessment, policy evaluation, GIS, project management and strategic planning skills. The programme aims to combine theoretical knowledge and professional skills development and this is reflected in our teaching approach, which draws on lectures, seminars, project-based learning, lab-based instruction and independent study with experienced academic staff and input from policy-makers and industry.
What is the programme about
The MSc Environmental Policy is specifically aimed at those people wishing to gain expertise in relation to contemporary environmental challenges and potential policy solutions. You will gain insights into understanding a range of environmental issues at different spatial scales including:
You will develop an understanding of the practical dimension of policy-making, implementation and evaluation, and gain an ability to apply cutting edge policy solutions to range of environmental challenges. This includes understanding key legal and governance frameworks for environmental policy, environmental economics, applying concepts of environmental justice, and public participation and environmental mediation. Key features of the MSc include the transfer of leading edge research into our teaching and the development of an interdisciplinary learning environment to provide you with a holistic and integrated perspective on environmental policy-making.
The MSc in Environmental Policy is designed to provide you with key knowledge, skills and professional tools to work in environment-related careers. These include: environmental NGOs and lobby groups, civil service and public sector management, political parties, private sector management (e.g. corporate environmental responsibility), policy and environmental consultancy, journalism and the media, and research and teaching.
During the one year degree you will have the opportunity to study both core and specialized modules in environmental policy. Semester 1 focuses on core modules to develop foundation knowledge and skills within environmental policy-making, such as environmental economics, environmental law, policy design and analysis, European environmental policy and research methods training.
Semester 2 gives you the opportunity to choose specialist modules within one of the following areas: (1) the urban environment; (2) climate change; or (3) natural resource management. Students also undertake an integrated group project (Professional Tools for Sustainable Development) to provide practice-based insights into environmental policy-making. Finally, you will have the opportunity to further enhance your specialist interests during the completion of a thesis in the third semester.
Core modules (80 credits)
Elective modules (10 credits)
The Urban Environment
Natural Resource Management
Application Procedure for the Masters in Environmental Policy
If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.
You will need:
No work experience is required.
This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), UK.
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