Environmental change affects everyone on the planet and sustainably managing a changing natural environment is one of the 21st century’s most pressing challenges. This course will develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills, enabling you to begin to meet these challenges in your chosen career.
You will learn about the changes happening to the environment at different spatial scales and will develop your understanding of the concepts used to manage environmental change, from site-based project management to sustainable development.
You will also learn about the legal and economic context of the environment, exploring how the environment can be integrated into a range of policy sectors.
Each of the topics you cover will draw upon the latest scientific literature and teaching from leading academic researchers.
Why choose this course?
- Study how the integration of environmental science, biotechnological methods and project management can help with the sustainable management of environmental, biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Explore the principles and methodologies of environmental biotechnology, and gain the ability to critically evaluate and identify technologies applicable for the sustainable management of global environmental change
- Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the biological, ecological and socio-economic drivers of global environmental change, and how these are inter-related
- Gain the ability to evaluate methods of managing environmental change at local and global levels, including legislative, voluntary and economic management
- Benefit from the opportunity to choose a career with environmental consultancies, biotechnological research organisations, and national and international government agencies and non-governmental bodies.
Key aspects of the course that emphasise employability of our graduates include:
- Training in key techniques relevant to employment within the environmental sector, including awareness of relevant health and safety, legal and ethical considerations. Training and practice in the scientific method that underpins all scientific research (developing novel hypotheses, testing these by experiment, accurately interpreting data and understanding error, and drawing valid conclusions).
- Practice in professional standards of reporting, including laboratory reports using the standards of professional research publications, preparation of scientific conference posters, and written and oral presentations. You will also develop your writing in a professional consultancy style, providing you with the opportunity to learn the subtle differences required when writing for different professional audiences.
- Maintenance of laboratory or field diaries and research diaries following standard practice within the sector.
- Guest lectures from external speakers from academic and industry.