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MSc Marine Planning and Management (RTPI accreditation as is currently being sought)

University of Liverpool

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This programme provides a unique opportunity to undertake a professionally accredited * degree which provides a strong trans-disciplinary foundation for a career in the fast developing field of marine planning and management. The course combines expertise from the Department of Civic Design which is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in research and professional education in terrestrial planning, with inputs from across the University related to the marine environment including contributions from the School of Biological Sciences and the Departments of Earth and Ocean Sciences and Engineering. * Royal Town Planning Institute accreditation as a specialist masters programme is currently being sought. Course Aims The course aims to provide students with: an inter-disciplinary understanding of the value and dynamic nature of marine resources and the ecosystem services they provide a critical appreciation of the diversity of stakeholder interests operating within the marine environment and their relationship to environmental change a critical understanding of the theoretical, governance, legislative and policy frameworks that relate to marine planning and management at a variety of spatial scales a range of analytical skills and planning and management tools and techniques that are designed to develop appropriate, implementableenforceable and measurable options and solutions to marine planning and management challenges which reflect the diversity of communities of knowledge, interest, place, identity and politics a capacity to apply appropriate trans-disciplinary research methods and techniques to problem solving in the marine environment. a specialised technical knowledge base in relation to a specific aspect of marine planning and management a learning ethos that reflects a commitment to inter-disciplinary and mutual learning, based on the principles of the reflective practitioner. Course Structure The programme has a modular structure and has been designed to progress from an appreciation of WHAT are the challenges and the theoretical, legal and policy contexts for marine planning and management interventions, to HOW these challenges can be addressed through the application of research and planning tools, and finally to how this understanding can be APPLIED to develop appropriate recommendations and results in a specific area of marine planning and management through a client based project. In addition, students are provided with an opportunity to explore particular areas of interest or acquire and develop relevant skills through selection of two optional modules and the preparation of a 12 ? 15,000 word dissertation. Course modules typically include: Core Dynamics of the Marine Environment Governance, Law and the Marine Environment Professionalism and Trans-disciplinary Skills Making Plans Marine Planning and Management in Action Dissertation 1 of following first semester options Techniques in Environmental Planning and Management I Politics of the Environment Theory Power and Ethics Spatial Planning Challenges Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean Biogeochemistry of the Atmosphere and Oceans Biogeochemistry of Ocean Waters and Sediments Processes and Variability in the Oceans and Atmosphere 1 of the following second semester options Techniques in Environmental Planning and Management 2 Geographical Information Systems Marine Sciences ? Special Topics Teaching, Learning and Assessment Reflecting the varied nature of the subject matter of the degree, a combination of teaching, learning and assessment methods are employed. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are combined with practical sessions, such as small group project work and field visits. Assessment methods include a combination of coursework, such as essays, reports, seminar presentations and examinations. Some modules are assessed entirely by coursework.

This programme provides a unique opportunity to undertake a professionally accredited * degree which provides a strong trans-disciplinary foundation for a career in the fast developing field of marine planning and management. The course combines expertise from the Department of Civic Design which is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in research and professional education in...

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