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This well-established and successful programme is offered by the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Sustainability. It is designed both for students whose primary interest is in the application of science and engineering to environmental problems and also to students interested in the human ecological and socio-economic aspects of sustainability. Its wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach to sustainability issues reflects that of the Centre itself. The aims of the Centre are to promote research and teaching in the areas of environmental change and sustainability by working across traditional disciplinary boundaries, both within and outside the University. The Centre is a part of the School of GeoSciences and is located within the University's College of Science and Engineering, home to over one thousand academic and research staff working in most branches of physical and biological science and engineering. The Centre also works in partnership with the Scottish Agricultural College, academic units from the University's College of Humanities and Social Science, and with external organisations, bringing together expertise in a wide range of disciplines to deliver the MSc programme. The Centre's facilities are available to all students on the course. The unique feature of the course is its interdisciplinary core, which provides students with a broad and integrated understanding of sustainable development. Students are able to devise study programmes suited to their personal interests and career goals through their choice of optional courses and an individual research project. Programme Obejctives ? to identify principles of environmental sustainability and elaborate these in scientific, technological and socio-economic terms ? to consider current limits to and future priorities for environmental sustainability ? to examine policy implications in developed and developing countries for energy and natural resource management, environmental quality, industrial development, clean technologies, social policy, fiscal policy, the built environment, sustainable cities, etc ? to assess existing political, socio-economic, ethical, cultural and legal frameworks for environmental decision making ? to explore the role of science, engineering and technology in the pursuit of environmental sustainability ? to examine through case studies the nature and effectiveness of solutions proposed for environmental problems ? to encourage creativity in devising environmental solutions ? to provoke discussion about environmental controversies. Course Structure ? a taught component during the 1st and 2nd Semesters (September to March) ? a 12-day Study Tour of Scotland (April) ? a 22-week individual research project, written up as a dissertation of upto 20,000 words and submitted in September (MSc candidates). Diploma candidates submit a short report by the end of June. The taught component consists of six courses of lectures, three in the 1st Semester and three in 2nd Semester. All students attend and complete the two compulsory core courses, one in each term: ? Principles of Environmental Sustainability ? Management of Sustainable Development An additional four courses are selected from the list of postgraduate courses available in the School. Some courses require previous background knowledge, so it is helpful if applicants indicate their general areas of interest at the time of application, so that more detailed guidance can be given. Research Project Each student conducts an individual research project on a subject chosen in consultation with the Course Director, and is allocated two supervisors to guide and monitor their work. Supervisors are drawn from both within the University and from associated institutions, allowing students to conduct research in a wide range of areas relevant to sustainability. Careers The course provides a suitable qualification for students seeking careers in environmental consultancy, in environmental

This well-established and successful programme is offered by the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Sustainability. It is designed both for students whose primary interest is in the application of science and engineering to environmental problems and also to students interested in the human ecological and socio-economic aspects of sustainability. Its wide-ranging, interdisciplinary...

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