Course content 課程內容
The MSc course consists of four core modules, optional modules to the value of 40 credits and a Dissertation.
The core modules: 必修課程
- Environmental Management Systems (single module, 20 credits) provides an introduction to environmental management - to the systems and approaches that are being increasingly used in industry and commerce to meet the challenge of sustainable development and to monitor and improve their environmental performance.
- Pollution Measurement and Analysis (single module, 20 credits) explores pollution survey design and implementation; sampling principles and practice; sample handling and storage; analysis options; data quality control; data interpretation. The approach used will encourage the development of practical skills and an understanding of the problems and uncertainties associated with different types of measurements and analyses. The practical element will also allow students to gain experience in monitoring diverse environmental media and to set the data collected into the context of environmental management and policy monitoring.
- Management of Waste and Contaminated Land (single module, 20 credits) looks at how contaminated land is largely the result of earlier unsustainable practices employed in handling and disposing of waste materials. The two subjects are integrally linked and this module starts by examining current waste management policies and practices, which will minimise the risk of creating further tracts of contaminated land, before going on to consider the strategies and techniques now being employed to investigate and remediate contaminated sites.
Plus one of EITHER: 以下二選一 (必修)
- Environmental Law and Decision Making (single module, 20 credits) examines the international, European and UK legal context of environmental decision-making, including the development of environmental law from international treaties and conventions into European and UK legislation.
OR as an alternative compulsory:
- GIS and Environmental Modelling (single module, 20 credits) examines the practical application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and a variety of other computer-based techniques and models (namely expert systems, and spreadsheets) as tools to assist in environmental management and decision-making.
(Note that both Environmental Law and Decision Making AND GIS and Environmental Modelling can be taken as recommended elective modules - see below.)
The Dissertation comprises: (論文包括)
- Research Methods (half module, 10 credits) develops the skills needed to research environmental issues, including the formulation of research problems and methodology, data collection and analysis.
- Dissertation (50 credits) is an individual research study on a topic relevant to EMT chosen by the student.
One module generally involves one taught session over the 12 weeks of the semester.
Optional modules provide an opportunity for students to widen or deepen their field of study. There are three types of optional module as follows: 選修課程有三種型式:
a) Recommended optional modules - these are considered to be particularly relevant to the course and include:
- Environmentally Sustainable Business (single module, 20 credits) reviews the role that business has in reducing the burden on the natural environment. It considers the pressures on business to contribute to this challenge and the range of management frameworks and techniques that are evolving in response. The adoption of environmental policies and their implementation via control mechanisms are reviewed. Innovation in both the management of resources and the design of business processes and their relation to profitability and impacts on the environment are studied. Finally, the significant implications for business of aiming to be truly environmentally sustainable are discussed.
- Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) (single module, 20 credits) covers SEA principles and SEA's status worldwide; links between SEA, environmental impact assessment, and strategic decision-making; examination of a wide range of SEA tools and techniques, and their advantages and disadvantages in various settings.
- Procedures and Methods of EAM (double module, 40 credits) examines the processes and procedures in carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and provides a practical introduction to methods for assessing, predicting and mitigating a wide range of ecological and socio-economic impacts. The module emphasises fieldwork and case-studies.
b) Alternative optional modules - normally selected from an approved list of courses currently running in the University. However, a student may seek approval from the programme leaders to take a suitable module that is not included in the approved list.
c) An Independent Study module - involves individual work on an appropriate topic or set of topics, conducted under supervision and with prior approval of the course leaders. No more than one Independent Study module may be included in a programme.
Upper second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants with additional experience but without this entry requirement are considered on merit.