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MSc International Rural Development (Natural Resource Management)

Royal Agricultural College

Masters Degree , Business

Course Description

Increasing human activity, particularly in established economies, has created a severe strain on the natural environment resulting in the over use of, and damage to, renewable resources and the rapid consumption of finite resources. Such demands are now considered by many to be non-sustainable. Many problems of natural resource management relate to the limitations of institutional structures in developing strategic programmes which consider human social, cultural and economic needs allied to sustainable use and protection of natural resources. The pathway further develops skills linked to habitat and physical resource appraisal, along with the development of natural resource management plans. In addition, strategic management linking biodiversity management at the local level to biodiversity action plans at regional, national and international levels is considered. Students following this pathway study the following focus module and carry out a research investigation within this theme: Natural Resource Management - builds on the Physical and Biological Resource Appraisal modules to develop strategic approaches for the management of natural resources including action plans for biodiversity. The module reviews resource management from international conventions and their implementation, through national strategies, to the development of strategic action plans for natural resource utilization and protection at regional, local and individual business levels. Students will also study the six core modules: - Sustainable Development - Economics of the Environment - Physical Resource Appraisal - Biological Resource Appraisal - Planning, Policy and Development - Human Resource Development Entry Requirements The normal minimum entry requirement will be a BSc Honours degree at upper second level or an HND award with a Distinction profile. Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview with the Programme Manager. For students whose first language is not English, the College will accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5. Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications, are advised to contact Admissions to discuss the suitability of their award for entry to their preferred programme of study.

Increasing human activity, particularly in established economies, has created a severe strain on the natural environment resulting in the over use of, and damage to, renewable resources and the rapid consumption of finite resources. Such demands are now considered by many to be non-sustainable. Many problems of natural resource management relate to the limitations of institutional structures in...

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