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The Master of Research (MRes) in Environmental History has been developed to provide interdisciplinary training at an advanced level, principally as a preparation for, or as an enhancement of, a research-based career, or preparatory to a research degree in the Humanities or Natural Sciences. The programme aims to provide: a foundation in the theory, practice and application of environmental history developed interdisciplinary skills in the principal subject areas contributing to the new discipline advanced study in the main subject areas of candidates' primary disciplines training in appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. The programme for the MRes comprises three training modules and a dissertation. In the Autumn semester you will study the following modules: Principles and Methods of Environmental History: This compulsory module provides the core theoretical grounding for the degree and introduces the theoretical aspects of environmental history and the methodologies of the various participating disciplines in the programme. It seeks to deepen history-specific skills and help extend a further range of transferable skills. And TWO from the following four choices: The Rural Environment: This module considers the rural landscape as a cultural record, defined through the integration of documentary, archaeological and environmental sources, and providing a foundation from which to explain environmental, social and economic transitions. Contrasting case studies are used to identify the range of research approaches adopted to achieve understanding of the landscape?s cultural record. They are a basis from which you can develop new understandings of landscape change. The teaching programme is seminar-based and you are required to undertake preparatory, guided reading prior to discussion and debate in seminar sessions. The Urban Environment: This module will provide you with a sound understanding of the historical and regulatory themes underlying urban evolution and how this knowledge can be applied to an appreciation of contemporary urban issues. Themes explored include: - The Empirical View: How towns evolved from their locality - The Theoretical View: Imposition of a priori ideas - The Built Exemplar: Stirling - The City Reinvented or the City Revivified? The Maritime Environment: This module will provide a sound understanding of the scientific, historical and regulatory bases of environmental quality (marine environment) and how this knowledge can be applied to specific contemporary management problems and situations at all scales, from local to global. Advanced Skills: This module offers more in-depth training in specific research skills studied in the Principles and Methods module, for example, historical methodologies, GIS applications or Soil Thin Section Micromorphology) which candidates may require to undertake their dissertation. Individual training needs will be discussed with the Programme Director to determine if this module is appropriate. Students studying for the Certificate complete the module Principles and Methods of Environmental History and choose two of the remaining four taught modules. In the Spring semester and over the Summer you will complete a dissertation. The dissertation should not exceed 20,000 words on a topic chosen in consultation with academic staff and approved by the Programme Director. Where it is appropriate for their dissertation research, it is possible for students to be embedded into current international research projects (for example, in Iceland or Sri Lanka) in which the University of Stirling is involved. You will be appointed an academic supervisor on the recommendation of the Programme Director.

The Master of Research (MRes) in Environmental History has been developed to provide interdisciplinary training at an advanced level, principally as a preparation for, or as an enhancement of, a research-based career, or preparatory to a research degree in the Humanities or Natural Sciences. The programme aims to provide: a foundation in the theory, practice and application of environmental...

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