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Environmental Governance MSc

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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
SEED PGT Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 0969
Email
Website
www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
See: The School.

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