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Environmental Management, Environmental Management (Energy) or Environmental Management (Water Resources) Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Two days a week (Wednesday and Thursday) September 2016
Part time 2 years One day a week (Wednesday or Thursday) September 2016

Choose Kingston's Environmental Management MSc

The philosophy of the Environmental Management MSc programmes centres on the need for new environmental professionals: people with a strong cross-disciplinary understanding of the societal, economic, and environmental challenges posed by the emerging sustainable environmental management agenda. The course aims to provide you with the in-depth knowledge and the essential practical and evaluative skills needed to give leadership for low carbon, resource efficient, sustainable futures in diverse global contexts.

The final award title will reflect your chosen pathway:

  • Environmental Management MSc – this core pathway explores the rationale behind the exploitation of natural environments. It provides you with detailed knowledge and understanding of the important relationships between sustainable environmental management and natural ecosystems and the value of adopting an integrated approach to studying both.
  • Environmental Management (Energy) MSc – this pathway is timely, nationally and internationally relevant, given the world's energy needs, as well as the surrounding political debates regarding fossil fuels and increasingly, renewables, which form such an essential component of the world's existence. 
  • Environmental Management (Water Resources) MSc – this pathway has a strong practical component. Our approach encourages you to critically assess geographically specific water management challenges through investigation and debate of UK, European and non-European examples, with specific emphasis on the relationship between water management and sustainable development.

With established and active links with European and American universities, the course ensures a globally relevant curriculum and produces graduates who are able to innovate and respond to new and emerging challenges within environmental management. The programme will provide you with a good basis for careers in local government, NGOs, major international companies, independent consultants, and in education (eg research and enterprise).

Key features

  • Practical fieldwork experience.
  • Transferable skills in geographical information system (GIS), experimental design and data analysis.
  • Exciting interdisciplinary curriculum.

Please note: fieldwork will incur an additional financial cost. Details regarding fees for field trips are specified in relevant module guides or ask the course director.

What will you study?

You will study the theoretical, practical and legal frameworks promoting sustainable environmental management and other drivers for sustainable behaviour at individual, institutional and governmental scales. You will learn how to innovate, respond to new and emerging challenges and work effectively in changing and unfamiliar situations.

The programme is made up of four modules each worth 30 credits and a research project module worth 60 credits. You will have the option of choosing from modules which explore aspects of sustainable environmental management, such as water, energy and land resources management and climate change.

Assessment

Written exams, seen exams, practical exams, essays and research articles.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Environmental Management MSc (Core pathway)

  • This module explores the motivations for, and paradigms of, 'sustainable development' at scales ranging from local to global including its grounding in economics, the social environment, in environmental politics and policy making as underpinned by law.

     
  • This module examines the relationship between water, energy and land (including the WEL-nexus), associated environmental management challenges and sustainable management solutions. The module will develop an understanding and critical evaluation of these challenges at a variety of scales through the systematic investigation of the component challenges (water, energy and land), the interface between the components and their relationship to sustainable development.

     
  • This module provides basic skills in research methods and techniques, including geographical information system (GIS) for data storage, manipulation and display. It initially develops GIS skills by introducing GIS concepts, sources for geographical information and outlines basic spatial concepts. Subsequently the module encompasses the theoretical underpinnings to research methods and techniques, including sampling schemes, measurements, quality control issues, and data collection, manipulation and analysis. This together with practical elements of designing research proposals and data testing enables the necessary skills for carrying out independent research work.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Evaluate the use of GIS in the capture, storage and handling, manipulation and analysis of geographical information.
    • Critically discuss what a GIS is and develop an understanding of its relevance to key application areas.
    • Apply the latest developments in geographical database technology to geographical database case studies.
    • Synthesise the literature on a specific topic and identify key researchable issues relating to the literature review.
    • With respect to one researchable issue, develop aims and objectives and relevant research methodologies for a specific research project to enable them to meet their aims and objectives.
    • Manipulate data using a computer and select, execute and interpret results of appropriate data analytical methods.
     
  • This module reviews current ideas on climate change and its implications for society. The complexities of this debate and their relevance to a sustainable future for human societies, and to ecosystems and planetary well being, more generally, are explored. Keynote lectures will introduce the science of climate change; uncertainties and challenges in global climate change modelling; implications of climate change predictions; appropriate societal responses; and 'best' strategies for mitigating potential climate change and its impacts. The challenges of policy-making against a background of uncertain science are explored through case studies and role-play scenarios and by site visits.

     
  • Research Project

Environmental Management (Energy) MSc

  • This module explores the motivations for, and paradigms of, 'sustainable development' at scales ranging from local to global including its grounding in economics, the social environment, in environmental politics and policy making as underpinned by law.

     
  • This module examines the relationship between water, energy and land (including the WEL-nexus), associated environmental management challenges and sustainable management solutions. The module will develop an understanding and critical evaluation of these challenges at a variety of scales through the systematic investigation of the component challenges (water, energy and land), the interface between the components and their relationship to sustainable development.

     
  • This module provides basic skills in research methods and techniques, including geographical information system (GIS) for data storage, manipulation and display. It initially develops GIS skills by introducing GIS concepts, sources for geographical information and outlines basic spatial concepts. Subsequently the module encompasses the theoretical underpinnings to research methods and techniques, including sampling schemes, measurements, quality control issues, and data collection, manipulation and analysis. This together with practical elements of designing research proposals and data testing enables the necessary skills for carrying out independent research work.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Evaluate the use of GIS in the capture, storage and handling, manipulation and analysis of geographical information.
    • Critically discuss what a GIS is and develop an understanding of its relevance to key application areas.
    • Apply the latest developments in geographical database technology to geographical database case studies.
    • Synthesise the literature on a specific topic and identify key researchable issues relating to the literature review.
    • With respect to one researchable issue, develop aims and objectives and relevant research methodologies for a specific research project to enable them to meet their aims and objectives.
    • Manipulate data using a computer and select, execute and interpret results of appropriate data analytical methods.
     
  • Critically evaluates current ideas in the field of energy (eg production, conservation, economic value and the "energy trilemma"), relating to conventional and non-conventional hydrocarbons; nuclear power; and other alternatives such as wind, wave, geothermal and tidal.

     
  • Research Project

Environmental Management (Water Resources) MSc

  • This module explores the motivations for, and paradigms of, 'sustainable development' at scales ranging from local to global including its grounding in economics, the social environment, in environmental politics and policy making as underpinned by law.

     
  • This module examines the relationship between water, energy and land (including the WEL-nexus), associated environmental management challenges and sustainable management solutions. The module will develop an understanding and critical evaluation of these challenges at a variety of scales through the systematic investigation of the component challenges (water, energy and land), the interface between the components and their relationship to sustainable development.

     
  • This module provides basic skills in research methods and techniques, including geographical information system (GIS) for data storage, manipulation and display. It initially develops GIS skills by introducing GIS concepts, sources for geographical information and outlines basic spatial concepts. Subsequently the module encompasses the theoretical underpinnings to research methods and techniques, including sampling schemes, measurements, quality control issues, and data collection, manipulation and analysis. This together with practical elements of designing research proposals and data testing enables the necessary skills for carrying out independent research work.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Evaluate the use of GIS in the capture, storage and handling, manipulation and analysis of geographical information.
    • Critically discuss what a GIS is and develop an understanding of its relevance to key application areas.
    • Apply the latest developments in geographical database technology to geographical database case studies.
    • Synthesise the literature on a specific topic and identify key researchable issues relating to the literature review.
    • With respect to one researchable issue, develop aims and objectives and relevant research methodologies for a specific research project to enable them to meet their aims and objectives.
    • Manipulate data using a computer and select, execute and interpret results of appropriate data analytical methods.
     
  • Examines the water environment and the management of water resources, addressing contemporary water resource challenges. The module adopts a systematic approach to water management that blends geographical, environmental and engineering-based perspectives and their interface at a variety of scales of approach.

     
  • Research Project

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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For further information:

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4546
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This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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