MSc Environmental Governance / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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MSc Environmental Governance addresses some of the key environmental challenges of our time, exploring the connections between environmental governance and policies and the production, distribution and consumption of resources.
It will develop your ability to apply sophisticated, critical and interdisciplinary sustainability and environmental theories at multiple scales and in different geographical contexts.
As part of the course, you'll have the unique opportunity to collaborate and engage with cutting-edge researchers and world-leading experts on environmental governance, political ecology, Marxist political economy and urban sustainability. You will learn from real-world practitioners and liaise with external organisations on live policy problems.
The course is ideal for pursuing a career in environmental regulation and management, those wishing to conduct further research on these topics, and environmental professionals wishing to deepen their knowledge.
Manchester is the ideal place to study Geography. The world's first industrial city, now a vibrant twenty-first century metropolis set between three National Parks, Manchester and its environment are an important resource for field teaching throughout your course.
- Learn from real-world practitioners and liaise with external organisations on live policy problems.
- Consider approaches to regulating human use of the non-human world, from market-based to non-market approaches.
- Tackle environmental resource questions using case studies from the 'first', 'second' and 'third' worlds.
- Study different social spheres of environmental governance - production, distribution and consumption.
- Benefit from a highly interdisciplinary course, exposing you to ideas and practices developed in a range of subject areas.
- Geography has been studied at Manchester for more than 125 years, and we're one of Europe's best-equipped universities for the subject.
- We're home to world-class academics and the new Manchester Urban Institute (MUI).
- Join the Manchester University Geographical Society (MUGS) a society run by Geography students for Geography students.
Teaching and learning
Eight taught units comprise two-thirds of the course. The remainder of the programme consists of a 12,000-word dissertation on an approved topic.
Typical course units comprise two hours a week of seminar or small-group work.
Part-time students complete the course over 24 months. There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director. Timetabling information is usually available from late August. You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.
The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) recognises the value of fieldwork. However, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority. The School will assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any significant changes to our students at the earliest possible opportunity.
The ability of fieldwork and travel to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork and travel might be necessary, will remain subject to factors such as the:
- rules and guidance on travel and activities implemented and published by the UK and overseas governments;
- outcome of any risk assessments conducted by the University;
- educational value and student experience of the fieldwork, if significant changes to the proposed fieldwork would be necessary;
- availability of appropriate insurance cover;
- availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.
All fieldwork and travel will be subject to a rigorous risk assessment process and the implementation of any protective measures identified by the risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff.In some circumstances, it may become necessary to make changes to fieldwork or programme related travel. The University will notify you of those changes at the earliest opportunity. If any fieldwork does not go ahead as planned, then the School's focus will be on seeking to offer a suitable alternative and ensure that the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the programme are met.
Please note that Countries may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The School cannot guarantee that where visas are required for fieldwork, they will be granted but we will take steps so that if a visa is refused, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.
Coursework and assessment
Course units involve a range of formative and summative assessments, including individual and group work, oral presentations, long essays, project work and reports. Coursework is designed to allow you to pursue your particular areas of interest.
In the summer semester, you work independently to undertake dissertation work based on primary and/or secondary data, or else a more philosophical/theoretical dissertation.
We encourage you develop research in collaboration with members of the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) and external organisations.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Doing Environmental Research||GEOG70472||15||Mandatory|
|Issues in Environmental Policy||GEOG70912||15||Mandatory|
|Key Debates in Environmental Governance||GEOG70921||15||Mandatory|
|Dissertation (Environmental Governance)||GEOG70930||60||Mandatory|
|Economics of Environmental Policy||ECON60782||15||Optional|
|Wildlife in the Anthropocene||GEOG60701||15||Optional|
|Environmental Governance and Geographies of Outer Space||GEOG60982||15||Optional|
|Green Infrastructure: Performance, Evaluation and Monitoring||GEOG64011||15||Optional|
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We are one of Europe's best-equipped universities for geography, with numerous laboratories. These include the main teaching laboratory, microscopy laboratory, and sediments and project laboratories.
You can also learn professional skills such as coding and programming specialist, industry-standard software such as image processing, GIS, GPS and cartographic representation.
The University's Main Library is home to the University Map Collection, which comprises about 100,000 map sheets of every part of the world.
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Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.
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