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MSc

How long you will study
12 Months

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About Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction at University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, Faculty of Humanities

This master's programme focuses on the analysis of dynamic environments: past. present, and future. Concerns over human impacts on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems. This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables in order to predict and manage their responses to anthropogenic perturbations.

You will gain:

  • Advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in order to collect, interpret and analyse contemporary and past environmental data.
  • Modelling skills, in order to investigate the interrelationships between environmental variables, and to predict their responses to changing internal and external conditions.
  • Intellectual and practical skills, in order to design and undertake field and/or laboratory experiments in contemporary environmental process-monitoring, or palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and to design and test appropriate environmental models with the data you collect.

These skills are highly relevant if you wish to pursue a career in environmental management, or consultancy, and provide a firm grounding for research in the environmental sciences.

Dr Jason Dortch directs the course, with input from other physical geographers working on a wide variety of aspects of environmental change. Current research includes:

  • Measurements and predictions of climate change
  • Glaciers and ice sheets (past and present)
  • Biogeography
  • Palaeoecology
  • Environmental pollution
  • Upland geomorphology (low relief, e.g. British uplands, and high relief, e.g. Himalayas)
  • Remote sensing for environmental management
  • Moorland erosion control
  • Hydrology
  • Water resource management
  • Fire management
  • Tectonic geomorphology

We also use the proximity of Manchester to the upland areas of the Peak District; several past MSc students completed dissertation work in close collaboration with various organisations responsible for land management in the Peak District, giving their work direct policy relevance.

Informal inquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Jason Dortch (Programme Director) | Email: jason.dortch@manchester.ac.uk

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study27 months
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Notes about fees for this course

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,500
    International students (per annum): £8,500

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.

Entry requirements

You should hold an Upper Second class Honours degree (or above) or its equivalent, in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Geography. Graduates in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, or a cognate discipline are also welcome. We particularly welcome applications from geographers already working in research or policy-related fields.  

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper.
  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Your CV
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

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