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Environment and Resource Management

Course overview

(MSc) Master of Science
Environment and Resource Management
University of Essex
University of Essex
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Earth Science,Environmental Sciences & Environmental Studies
MSC D44012

A degree with an overall 2.2 or equivalent in a relevant subject such as : Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Pharmacology, Medicine, Chemistry.

Your Degree should contain some Biology/Medical components including Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Drug Design, Immunology, Microbiology and Virology. We will consider applicants with an unrelated degree but with relevant work experience in Biology or Medicine.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 BS781-7-FY Dissertation: Environmental-Based Masters Courses Core 60
02 BS702-7-AU Natural Resources Compulsory 15
03 BE965-7-AU Research Methods in Management and Marketing Compulsory 15
04 BE472-7-AU Foundations of Management and Marketing Compulsory 0
05 BE464-7-AU Management: Principles and Practices Compulsory 20
06 BS348-7-SP Sustainability Compulsory 15
07 BE467-7-SP Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Compulsory 20
08 Option(s) from list - Minimum 35 credits, maximum 40 credits Optional 45

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

This course is especially focused on the development of students' skills in the practical and management aspects of Environmental Resources, linking applied skills to the inculcation of theoretical knowledge and other relevant postgraduate-level attributes.
To enable students to integrate the social, physical and biological aspects of natural resources into contemporary management practices.
To develop students' understanding of the fundamental concepts of environmental science (irrespective of disciplinary background), and enhance their critical ability to integrate cross-disciplinary analyses of environmental problems.
To equip students with an understanding of key issues and debates around ecological sustainability, governance and corporate ethics and responsibility
To provide students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of advanced concepts in the study of management and organizations across a range of functions.
To enable students to conduct research in the development or application of environment and resource management.
To develop a range of transferable professional skills including information retrieval, evaluation and synthesis, numeracy, ITC skills, presentation skills, effective working with others, complex problem solving, self-evaluation and reflection, and independent learning ability.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 A broad overview of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental problems
A2 An advanced understanding of how to integrate different disciplinary perspectives in environmental analyses
A3 An understanding of the core principles and concepts of both biological sciences and social sciences (in particular economics, politics, sociology, law) that contribute to the environmental agenda
A4 An understanding of a wide range of current conservation practices operating at different spatio-temporal scales
A5 The methods of critical analysis and argument appropriate to complex and contested environmental issues
A6 A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a selected current research area
Learning Methods: A1-A6 are developed through module seminars, option lectures and related assessed coursework (with feedback from examiners), and through the development of a dissertation in close consultation with a supervisor.
Students are expected to extend and enhance their knowledge and understanding acquired from seminars and lectures by consulting library and other materials related to the course.
Such independent research is a fundamental part of most assessments.
Assessment Methods: A1-A5 are assessed through a variety of coursework, (topic based essays, group work, presentations) and unseen examinations.
A6 is assessed by a dissertation.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Systematically retrieve, select and integrate a variety of environmental information and perspectives
B2 Synthesise evidence, arguments and ideas from different disciplines and often conflicting sources in a self-directed manner, leading to coherent and logical analyses
B3 Reason critically and offer judgements based on argument that can be communicated effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences
B4 Think independently to make connections between familiar and new ideas
B5 Integrate and link information across course components from different disciplines, including ability to select relevant material, appraise arguments and evidence from different disciplines, and develop new integrated positions
B6 Plan and conduct a substantial research project with guidance from a supervisor, and present it in a coherent manner
Learning Methods: B1-B5 are taught and developed through seminars, lectures and coursework.
The seminars encourage critical discussion, together with an emphasis on ability to reason and argue coherently, and to learn from others.
B6 is developed through the dissertation plan and execution.
Assessment Methods: B1-B5 are assessed through coursework essays, and an oral presentations and unseen examinations.
The associated feedback provided enables students to reflect upon, and enhance their understandings and develop communication skills, analytical skills, logic and argumentation.
B6 is assessed in a dissertation based on the project of not more than 10,000 words.

C: Practical skills

C1 General research skills: capacity to locate appropriate material and datasets
C2 Skills in conducting scientific/social surveys, interviews and research tasks
C3 Capacity to form a research question for the dissertation
Learning Methods: C1-C3 are taught through the research methods module, together with dedicated learning seminars on essay writing skills, and public speaking and science communication.
Considerable autonomy is encouraged in researching all assessed essays (for core and thematic seminars and optional modules).
Assessment Methods: C1-C3 are assessed by analyses and essays in the research methods module.
The essays and dissertation will also demonstrate these skills.

D: Key skills

D1 (i) Write structured and integrated reports addressing key environmental issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives, using proper academic conventions, creating logical and well-argued essays and dissertation, (ii) Give an oral presentation relating to core essay
D2 (i) Use of current networked PC operating systems for normal file management, (ii) Use a current common word-processing, spreadsheet, web browsing and email packages, (iii) Ability to locate and use on-line catalogues and databases
D3 Apply appropriate methods to gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative data
D4 Explore, analyse and find effective solutions for environmental problems involving a variety of information from different disciplinary contexts
D5 Identify individual and team strengths and to coordinate activity to work effectively and productively as a team
D6 (i) Work to deadlines, including planning and time-management to meet assessment targets, (ii) Work independently for extended periods (iii) Evaluate and reflect on own performance
Learning Methods: D1 and D4 are developed through coursework, the research project and the research skills module.
D2 is developed by students after some initial guidance.
D3 is taught in the research methods module.
D5 Does not form a large component of the degree but is addressed in the research skills module and in the Business School module (BE467) D6 is developed through course assessments, rigid deadlines and feedback on assignments
Assessment Methods: D1-D4 are assessed through coursework, the research skills module, the research project and the oral presentations.
All dissertations are only acceptable in word-processed form, and must be presented according to the programme's rules.
D6 is assessed indirectly by assessing coursework, by imposing strict deadlines for assignments and by awarding marks for evidence of extra reading/going beyond lecture material.


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