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Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 Months (Full Time); 24 Months (Part-Time)
Entry requirements
Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent.

Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

For enquiries about the admissions process please contact the Admissions Team at PG-Geography-Admissions@manchester.ac.uk

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 80 applications are received each year and 20-25 new students registered.
How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2014; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

Global warming, over-fishing, famines, water shortages, organic food, the loss of rare animal species, fair trade coffee, deforestation, geopolitical struggles over oil and gas supplies, and desertification: these are among the signature issues of our time. They raise important questions about how we currently - and should in future - organise the relationships between societies and the natural resources and environments upon which they depend. This new MSc addresses these questions. It will provide a thorough training in the principles and practices of environmental governance. It is targeted at three audiences: those wishing to pursue a career in environmental regulation and management; those wishing to do further research on these topics; and current environmental professionals wishing to update their knowledge.

'The MSc tries to offer students a blend of theory, varied case material and practical problem-solving so that it can produce the next generation of professionals able to tackle complex environmental issues. Issues in Environmental Policy, one of the core modules, introduces students to some of the key dimensions of environmental policy today and caters to students from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds' - Prof Erik Swyngedouw.

The MSc is distinctive in four ways:

  • First, it considers the whole spectrum of approaches to regulating human use of the non-human world: from market-based to non-market approaches
  • Second, the degree covers a wide spectrum of environments and resources, using case studies from the `first', `second' and `third' worlds equally
  • Third, the MSc makes the connections between the different social spheres where environmental governance occurs - such as production, distribution and consumption.
  • Finally, the MSc is highly interdisciplinary and will expose students to ideas and practices developed in a range of subject areas rather than one alone.

The degree is taught in such a way that students develop a wide range of both generic and subject-specific skills. Though the core teaching staff belong to the Geography discipline in the School of Environment and Development, the degree draws upon the expertise of the Society-Environment Research Group (SERG). This group involves over 10 researchers from SED and the School of Social Science. These researchers have distinguished records of theoretical, empirical and applied research in a range of geographical and environmental settings. These include work on mining in the south Pacific and French Guyana, on land rights in southern Africa, on bioprospecting in central America, on conservation projects in central Africa, on GMOs in Britain, and on water management in Ecuador and Spain - to name but a few.

The programme will also make good use of environmental practitioners in Manchester and the north-west of England. One of the practical elements of the programme will involve working with (or on) local institutions of environmental governance.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Dr Maria Kaika(Programme Director) | Email: environmental.governance@manchester.ac.uk

Open days

Postgraduate open days provide a great opportunity to take a look at the University and find out what Manchester has to offer you.For further information, please see: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/opendays

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,300
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150
    International students (per annum): £7,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Bursaries and scholarships awarded by the School are usually advertised from January with a closing date of June. Awards for 2014 entry have not yet been set. This information will be added to our funding page as it becomes available.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Leann Finch
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 7446
Email
Website
www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/

Academic department overview

See: The School.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

For enquiries about the admissions process please contact the Admissions Team at PG-Geography-Admissions@manchester.ac.uk

English language

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other subsections 
  • Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other subsections
  • Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable.)

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of your course.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2014; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

Global warming, over-fishing, famines, water shortages, organic food, the loss of rare animal species, fair trade coffee, deforestation, geopolitical struggles over oil and gas supplies, and desertification: these are among the signature issues of our time. They raise important questions about how we currently - and should in future - organise the relationships between societies and the natural resources and environments upon which they depend. This new MSc addresses these questions. It will provide a thorough training in the principles and practices of environmental governance. It is targeted at three audiences: those wishing to pursue a career in environmental regulation and management; those wishing to do further research on these topics; and current environmental professionals wishing to update their knowledge.

'The MSc tries to offer students a blend of theory, varied case material and practical problem-solving so that it can produce the next generation of professionals able to tackle complex environmental issues. Issues in Environmental Policy, one of the core modules, introduces students to some of the key dimensions of environmental policy today and caters to students from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds' - Prof Erik Swyngedouw.

The MSc is distinctive in four ways:

  • First, it considers the whole spectrum of approaches to regulating human use of the non-human world: from market-based to non-market approaches
  • Second, the degree covers a wide spectrum of environments and resources, using case studies from the `first', `second' and `third' worlds equally
  • Third, the MSc makes the connections between the different social spheres where environmental governance occurs - such as production, distribution and consumption.
  • Finally, the MSc is highly interdisciplinary and will expose students to ideas and practices developed in a range of subject areas rather than one alone.

The degree is taught in such a way that students develop a wide range of both generic and subject-specific skills. Though the core teaching staff belong to the Geography discipline in the School of Environment and Development, the degree draws upon the expertise of the Society-Environment Research Group (SERG). This group involves over 10 researchers from SED and the School of Social Science. These researchers have distinguished records of theoretical, empirical and applied research in a range of geographical and environmental settings. These include work on mining in the south Pacific and French Guyana, on land rights in southern Africa, on bioprospecting in central America, on conservation projects in central Africa, on GMOs in Britain, and on water management in Ecuador and Spain - to name but a few.

The programme will also make good use of environmental practitioners in Manchester and the north-west of England. One of the practical elements of the programme will involve working with (or on) local institutions of environmental governance.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Dr Maria Kaika(Programme Director) | Email: environmental.governance@manchester.ac.uk

Aims

`Governance' is a broad concept that refers to the principles and techniques - as well as the actors and institutions - involved in managing a sphere of human activity (like the economy). The syllabus covers theories and practices of environmental governance in a range of situations at a diversity of spatio-temporal scales. It is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to how human use of the non-human world is organised and with what effects. The programme combines training in theory and concepts with more practical and applied elements.

Teaching and learning

  • Part-time Study

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 24 months.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director first and also seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off.  Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

Taught units (eight) comprise two thirds of the programme. The remainder of the programme consists of a 15,000 word dissertation on an approved topic. Typical course units comprise 2 hours a week of seminar or small group work. Together these units involve a range of formative and summative assessments. These cover individual and group work, oral presentations and long essays, project work and reports. The programme aims to utilise best practice in student-centred pedagogy. The summer semester dissertation involves students working independently to undertake dissertation work based on primary and/or secondary data, or else a more philosophical/theoretical dissertation.

Course unit details

Course units typically include:

Optional Units

Students select five course units in order to make up their overall credits total. Where agreed with the course director, a student may select course units that are not directly related to the substantive aims of the programme if there is good reason.  So, for example, if a student is interested in representations of environment in Japanese literature, there may be a case for taking a Japanese Language unit.  Students are responsible for ensuring that they achieve an appropriate balance of units in each semester.

For further information and outlines of optional units in the faculty of humanities, please visit:

http://courses.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/pg/

Availability of course units may vary from year to year.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School of Environment and Development Loyalty Bursary offers a £500 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2014 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).  Other awards are also available for postgraduate study; please visit our funding page for more information.

Facilities

The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

The graduates of this programme will possess the knowledge of theory and policy, as well as the practical research skills, to pursue one or both of two careers: namely, a career in environmental governance in the public, private or voluntary sectors; and a career doing further research on environmental governance within a university or think-tank environment. Our graduates will be equipped to work for organisations like the Environment Agency, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Soil Association, the Department of Environment Food and Agriculture among many, many others. Students are encouraged to interact with potential employers during the programme, especially when undertaking dissertation research.