Master Environmental Biology: Conservation & Resource Management - Máster en Biología Ambiental: Gestión de Conservación y Recursos Naturales
The world is facing increasing environmental threats which are posing severe scientific, social and economic challenges to the human race. These challenges include: the depletion of natural resources, the loss of diversity and the need to develop new forms of energy generation whilst efficiently utilising existing energy sources.
Tackling these environmental problems and establishing a sustainable environment requires the adoption of appropriate policies and managerial strategies. The interdisciplinary nature of this postgraduate course provides a broad understanding of these environmental problems whilst embedding the appropriate specialist scientific, managerial and generic skills for a career in the environmental sustainability sector.
The course incorporates Keele University’s internationally recognised expertise in research and teaching on environmental issues. It is taught by a team of environmental specialists working in the fields of environmental technologies, biological sciences, chemical science, project management, and environmental policy and politics.
Applicants should have a first degree (UK second-class honours degree or above) or equivalent qualification (generally an aggregate mark of at least 60%). Students without a degree but with relevant professional training will also be considered. Where English is not a first language, proof of English language competence will be required (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).
The MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology is designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental challenges whilst giving the opportunity to specialise in several sustainability themes related to geosciences, energy generation, biological science, green information technology, environmental policy and politics, and project management.
The MSc programme comprises 8 taught 15-credit modules and a 60-credit research project which is undertaken either at Keele University or on placement with an industrial collaborator.
This structure allows students to obtain a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) or a postgraduate diploma (120 credits) depending on the number of modules studied.
The first two modules provide an overview of important environmental technologies and policies relevant to sustainability. Students then choose four from ten optional modules which are arranged within four themes:
•Renewable and Sustainable Energy
•Biological Challenges and Sustainability
•Policy and Project Management
Cross theme studies are encouraged. This interdisciplinary knowledge is then applied in a student-centred learning situation. This provides the necessary teamwork and problem-solving skills to formulate strategies to address a range of environmental and sustainability challenges.
•An understanding of knowledge in the areas of science, technology, policy and green political theory relevant to environmental sustainability
•Experience in analytical and computer techniques which would allow them to contribute to the solving of environmental challenges
•A conceptual understanding to evaluate critically current research and advance scholarship in environmental sustainability
•A comprehensive understanding of experimental design, planning and scientific techniques within a research project
•Problem-solving and team-working skills relevant to the implementation of sustainable technologies and policies