Back to Course List

Attendance

Full Time

Award

Degree of Master of Science

Course Organiser

Dr. Heike Schroeder


The MSc Climate Change and International Development degree has been designed to meet the career needs of people working in international development and climate change policy and practice.

The course will cover a range of issues surrounding international and local dimensions, particularly the questions of mitigation and adaptation in resource-poor and vulnerable settings.

In recent years climate change has held a lead position on the international development agenda and world political stage.

Taught by a team of internationally-renowned natural scientists, policy analysts and economists, the Masters course material will draw upon existing and ongoing research and applied work through the School of International Development and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Its interdisciplinary approach ensures that students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the School of Environmental Sciences through the science-based modules that focus on climate change.

The course will address multiple dimensions of climate change and development: International policy frameworks on climate change; urban climate change governance; adaptation and mitigation choices and pathways; adaptation and national responses; linking climate change mitigation and development; carbon trade, markets and development; climate change and poverty reduction, trade-offs and synergies; local responses to extreme events and disasters; adaptation and mitigation impacts in Africa; and sectoral responses (e.g. water, energy, food and forests).

There may also be the opportunity for some students on this course to participate in a UNFCCC meeting.

The MSc Climate Change and International Development degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.


Course Profile 

Our Masters courses require students to undertake 180 credits:

  • Compulsory and Optional modules (120 credits)
  • Examination (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Students will receive detailed module outlines, including information about lectures and seminars, full reading lists and assessments once they have registered at the beginning of their course.


Professional, Employability and Practical Skills

A range of optional seminars and workshops are offered during your Masters programme for the teaching and strengthening of student skills. Sessions to support learning - in particular essay and dissertation writing - occur throughout the year. Development practice training is also provided. Please click to access further information about the Skills Training and Development Practice programme


The Climate Change and Development Research Group

Research in the School of International Development addresses contemporary challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary approaches. Research is organised into a series of Research Groups. Please click to access further information about the Climate Change and Development Research Group and our current research projects.


The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia is a globally renowned department for teaching, research and consultancy on international development. We are committed to making a difference and are involved in advising on policy for major global challenges such as poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. With students from over 40 countries, we are a friendly, thriving and cosmopolitan department.

The School of International Development offers a range of postgraduate taught degree courses. Our objectives are clear, we will:

  • offer individual students unrivalled training in their chosen subject area delivered by dedicated and experienced academics and practitioners.
  • provide professional skills training desired by employers: we offer practice-based training workshops to develop professional skills such as project design and proposal writing for NGOs, project management, financial management, advocacy work and the use of social media for communication and business purposes. We also offer more specialised professional skills training in areas including humanitarian assistance, Geographical Information Systems and film-making.
  • provide students with the option of undertaking a professional internship during their degree between the months of June and August. 
  • offer a memorable and enjoyable life-changing year, making new friends and contacts from across the world. You may decide to use your enhanced knowledge and continue with further research (PhD), or use your newly developed skills which will be attractive in the employment market.

Why choose to study at the School of International Development at UEA? What makes us distinctive and our degrees so highly valued by students and employers?

  • High quality research and impact: The majority of the School’s research was rated as ‘internationally outstanding or high quality’ by the government in the last national research assessment exercise (RAE 2008). The School was placed in the top three departments in the country for research on international development. 
  • Strong League Table rankings: The School is consistently ranked highly. We are in the top 10 of the Guardian and Times League Tables for Geography and Environmental Sciences; in 2012/13 we were ranked 3rd in the Guardian’s University Guide and 9th in The Times League Table.
  • Excellent staff-student ratios: We recruit about 120 postgraduate students each year, with an overall student population of 400. With 40 members of academic staff this means a staff-student ratio of 1:10 with one member of academic staff for every three postgraduate students.
  • A supportive and friendly learning environment: Our excellent staff-student ratios and teaching methods mean we offer small class sizes and a close-knit, friendly and personal learning environment; staff can dedicate time to individual students. We come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds so can design and offer coherent courses and teaching across academic disciplines without having to rely on other departments. All our staff teach, whether they are professors or junior lecturers.
  • Excellent career opportunities: our graduates have been successful in entering a broad spectrum of employment including working for organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations, DfID, JICA, Christian Aid, and Save the Children.Examples of positions from a recent careers analysis survey of our postgraduates reveals the diversity of employment possibilities:
    • NGO management in Japan
    • soil and water conservation in Pakistan
    • construction consultancy in Sri Lanka
    • export management in Norway
    • rural development coordination in Nigeria
    • senior inspector of schools in Kenya
    • development education work in the UK
    • doctoral research within the School, or elsewhere.
  • We offer a series of regular seminars on ‘Working in Development’, with guest speakers from development agencies.
  • We offer specific support to our international students in their transition to studying in the UK, with additional academic skills training if needed.

The School embraces theoretical innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration and a commitment to our research making a difference. We work with a wide range of partners and clients, including national and international development agencies, governments, NGOs and private clients. Since 2001, we have worked with an estimated 600 different partner organisations and in any year we have 100 or more live projects underway.

You will find that we give high priority to our teaching and we are proud of the learning experience we offer. See some of our students’ own feedback for more insights. If you choose to join us, you will discover exciting opportunities for engaging in development issues, you will meet people from different cultures, explore challenging problems, build your individual and team skills and discover fascinating new career directions.

Dr John McDonagh
Head of the School

Come and Visit Us

Our Open Days will give you the opportunity to experience the University of East Anglia's unique campus atmosphere.

If you are not able to visit us in person, check out our Virtual Open Day experience which we hope will help to provide you with an insight into life and study at the University of East Anglia.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Admissions Office (Development)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to download the School of International Development Postgraduate Prospectus or register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

Year

Compulsory Study (100 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT I: SCIENCE, IMPACTS AND ADAPTATION

This module introduces students to the phenomenon of climate change, interconnections between climate change and development and theory and practice for adapting to climate change, in the context of developing countries. The first part of the module covers key aspects of climate change science necessary for a basic understanding of the causes of climate change, future projections of climate change and key impacts as well as methods for assessing these. The second part of the module focuses on adaptation to climate change by introducing the concepts of adaptation, vulnerability and resilience. National and sectoral policy making for adapting to climate change is then explored with reference to case studies. Finally the interconnections between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are explored. Seminars explore climate science and adaptation topics.

DEV-M103

20

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT II: GOVERNANCE, POLICY AND SOCIETY

This module critically examines international/national climate change governance and policy and societal impacts from and responses to climate change and climate change policy. The first half of the semester (Section A) will discuss the history and politics of the international climate change negotiations and then critically examine the way the climate regime (UNFCCC) operates. The following three lectures will look in detail at two items under negotiation with significant implications for developing countries. Finally we will discuss global carbon markets. The second half of the semester (Section B) will turn to the interface of climate change and society. It will start by discussing urban responses to climate change before critically examining geoengineering and other ethical/justice related debates before examining the role of energy demand and lifestyle in tackling climate change and ending with a session on conflict and human security implications from climate change. The seminars will be interactive and enable students to better understand the international negotiating process and ways to engage positively with climate change.

DEV-M118

20

MSC IN CLIMATE CHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSC in Climate Change and International Development.

DEV-M086

20

Option A Study (40 credits)

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

DEVELOPMENT WORK PLACEMENT

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR STUDENTS ON THE FOLLOWING ROUTES ONLY; Media and International Develpment, Clmate Change and International Development and Environment and International Development. This module is offered as an alternative to the 40 credit dissertation module (DEV-M04X) that all MA/MSc students in DEV currently take. Whilst an academic dissertation will benefit most master's students, for others there may be more benefit to be gained from an appropriate, challenging work experience placement that is then linked to theory and reflected on critically in a report. Students will be responsible for finding a suitable placement but will be given a range of support from DEV which includes: giving the students access to the DEV internship host data base compiled over nearly a decade; advice on identifying appropriate placements; advice on CV design, fund-raising (where necessary), health and safety, ethical considerations etc.; facilitate communication between student and potential host, in some cases acting as a mediator. Whilst we cannot guarantee a placement we are confident that most students who take this module and apply themselves to identifying an internship, will be successful. If there are any students who cannot find a suitable internship then they will automatically transfer to the standard dissertation module.

DEV-M06X

40

DISSERTATION

Production of a short (8000-12000) dissertation on an approved topic.

DEV-M04X

40

Option B Study (20 credits)

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

TOOLS AND SKILLS IN ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

This module aims to introduce a range of tools and frameworks used by researchers, government agencies, businesses and NGOs to inform and develop their environmental management strategies in a sustainable development context. Students will gain familiarity with the most important available approaches and an understanding of the key assumptions and ideas in environment-development research, monitoring and management systems. The module is taught through workshops and practical sessions, lectures and field or study visits within Norfolk. There is an emphasis on putting concepts into practice and understanding how environmental assessments guide management actions. Both individual and team projects will be important. Tools and frameworks covered may include environmental and social impact assessments, survey techniques for land, water or biodiversity, GIS and modelling of social-ecological systems, sustainable livelihoods analysis and integrated conservation and development.

DEV-M064

20

UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

This module provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the analysis and understanding of issues of environmental change, and of the relationships between environment and development. Students will have a critical understanding of social constructions of cause and effect relationships in environment and development issues, including a critical understanding of scientific assessments. They will be able to link these understandings to topics encountered in other courses, and to develop their own perspectives on environment and development issues. In particular they should understand the somewhat different perspectives in 'less developed countries' on environment and development issues. The course consists of weekly workshops and seminar sessions, which include videos and discussions oriented around core issues and readings. Assessment is based on coursework and written examination.

DEV-M051

20

Option C Study (60 credits)

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Students must choose at least 20 credits from DEV.

Name Code Credits

APPLIED METHODS FOR IMPACT EVALUATION

This module aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the most important methods of impact evaluation. For that purpose, it provides instruction in and hands on experiences of the main quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation methods, with an emphasis on the quantitative.

DEV-M096

20

ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION: MEASUREMENT AND MODELLING

Emissions of gases and other pollutants from human activities are critical drivers of phenomena such as climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, degradation of air quality in urban and rural areas, long-range transport of air pollution, and changes in aerosol and cloud physical properties. To understand these impacts it is necessary to make atmospheric measurements of chemical composition and physical parameters, and to interpret these observations with a range of statistical, conceptual, and computer-based models. In this module you will be introduced to a range of modern atmospheric measurements techniques, both those used in the field and in the laboratory. Consideration will be given to the relevant chemical and physical processes that are required to understand these observations. You will also learn about a range of interpretive techniques including numerical models, and you will put some of these in to practice. Co-taught with ENV-3A80. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A80 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA80

20

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND HUMAN SOCIETY

This is an inter-disciplinary module focusing on the inter-relationship between biodiversity and human societies. It examines the human drivers of biodiversity loss, the importance of biodiversity to human society, conflicts between human society and conservation and how these can be resolved, and institutions for biodiversity conservation and environmental management. It is designed for Masters students on programmes in Applied Ecology and Conversation, Environmental Science, and Development Studies. The module does not require previous detailed knowledge of ecological mechanisms: where some understanding of key ecological processes is important, this will be reviewed and taught in class. Assessed coursework has been designed to develop transferable skills of critical evidence-based scientific appraisal, and the presentation of research results in poster form.

ENV-MA17

20

BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE ECOLOGY

This module examines the microbial processes that underpin our dependence on the marine environment for 'services' such as climate modulation and nutrient regeneration. The module will cover the evolution, biodiversity and molecular ecology of bacteria, diatoms, coccolithophores and nitrogen fixers, and the physiology and distribution of zooplankton. Example ecosystems such as the Antarctic, mid ocean gyres and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems will be studied in detail and predictions of the impact of environmental change (increasing temperature, decreasing pH, decreasing oxygen, and changes in nutrient supply) on marine ecosystem dynamics will be examined. Biological oceanographic methods will be critically evaluated. The module will include a reading week in week 7 and employability visits to the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS). MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A15 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA15

20

CATCHMENT WATER RESOURCES

This module will adopt an integrated approach to studying surface water and groundwater resources in river basins. Approaches to catchment management will be considered in the context of improving water-dependent terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Topics of climate change impacts on water resources in terms of droughts and floods, as well as water quality issues arising from changing land-use patterns will be considered, together with the engineering and socio-economic methods necessary to adapt to future pressures on water resources. Co-taught with ENV-3A60. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A60 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA60

20

CATCHMENT WATER RESOURCES

This module will adopt an integrated approach to studying surface water and groundwater resources in river basins. Approaches to catchment management will be considered in the context of improving water-dependent terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Topics of climate change impacts on water resources in terms of droughts and floods, as well as water quality issues arising from changing land-use patterns will be considered, together with the engineering and socio-economic methods necessary to adapt to future pressures on water resources. Co-taught with ENV-3A60 and ENV-MA60. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO (FIRST YEAR VISITING) STUDENTS ENROLLED ON THE IMAE/EMAE PROGRAMME

ENV-MA60C

20

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT I: SCIENCE, IMPACTS AND ADAPTATION

This module introduces students to the phenomenon of climate change, interconnections between climate change and development and theory and practice for adapting to climate change, in the context of developing countries. The first part of the module covers key aspects of climate change science necessary for a basic understanding of the causes of climate change, future projections of climate change and key impacts as well as methods for assessing these. The second part of the module focuses on adaptation to climate change by introducing the concepts of adaptation, vulnerability and resilience. National and sectoral policy making for adapting to climate change is then explored with reference to case studies. Finally the interconnections between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are explored. Seminars explore climate science and adaptation topics.

DEV-M103

20

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT II: GOVERNANCE, POLICY AND SOCIETY

This module critically examines international/national climate change governance and policy and societal impacts from and responses to climate change and climate change policy. The first half of the semester (Section A) will discuss the history and politics of the international climate change negotiations and then critically examine the way the climate regime (UNFCCC) operates. The following three lectures will look in detail at two items under negotiation with significant implications for developing countries. Finally we will discuss global carbon markets. The second half of the semester (Section B) will turn to the interface of climate change and society. It will start by discussing urban responses to climate change before critically examining geoengineering and other ethical/justice related debates before examining the role of energy demand and lifestyle in tackling climate change and ending with a session on conflict and human security implications from climate change. The seminars will be interactive and enable students to better understand the international negotiating process and ways to engage positively with climate change.

DEV-M118

20

CLIMATE CHANGE: PHYSICAL SCIENCE BASIS

Climate change and variability has played a major role in shaping human history and the prospect of a warming world as a result of human activities (principally via changing atmospheric composition) presents society with an increasing challenge over the coming decades. This module covers the science of climate change and our current understanding of anthropogenic effects on climate. It provides details about the approaches, methods and techniques for understanding the history of climate change and for developing climate projections for the next 100 years, supporting further study of the scientific or policy aspects of the subject in either an academic or applied context. Co-taught with ENV-3A51. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKE ENV-3A48, ENV-3A49, ENV-3A51 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA51

20

CONCEPTUALISING SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

This module provides students at school and faculty level with a generic introduction to social science research. This includes introductory material on the nature of social science research, research design, the nature of quantitative and qualitative research methodology, and examines the process and skills needed for social science research. The module is the core module for DEV's 3 MRes programmes: MRes International Development; MRes Development Practice and MRes Social Science Research (Faculty-wide). The module focuses on social science research in terms of design and methodology and complements other modules being offered in DEV and other schools on social science research methods and tools.

DEV-M087

20

CONFLICT GOVERNANCE AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

Thi is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA Conflict Governance and International Development.

DEV-M054

20

CONFLICT, PEACE AND SECURITY

The aim of CPS is to promote an understanding of the driving forces behind armed conflicts, including civil wars, riots, and communal conflicts, which have become a major obstacle to development. It situates these within the global political economy, particularly within the neo-liberal politics of the last few decades, as well as within concepts of post-colonial state building. Security is conceptualised broadly as not just national/international security but also as the right to security of individuals, including women and children, as well as civilian men. Gender is an important analytical lens here, used not as a proxy for women but as a vitally important component of global militarism, particularly as regards the part played by hegemonic masculinist concepts and ways in which masculinisms play out in specific conflict settings. Peace is conceptualised not just as the situation that breaks out after the signing of a peace treaty but also in relation to post-conflict levels of direct and structural violence that affect individuals and groups of citizens, including women and children at the domestic as well as other levels. Humanitarian agendas are discussed along with their effects on conflict as well as the politics of the UN, and conflicts arising out of competition over natural resources. Students who have taken this module should be able to situate the causes of conflict within the global political economy and understand how conflicts relate to the wider regional and international contexts.

DEV-M052

20

CONTEMPORARY WORLD DEVELOPMENT

This module is guided by the premise that theoretical perspectives about development are shaped by historical contexts and conditions that shape them. These contexts critically influence the issues and processes that are identified as the key concerns of development. They also impact upon the nature of the agency that is chosen to offer solutions to these concerns. Contemporary World Development explores how key development perspectives inform the most important issues in development today and different kinds of agency.

DEV-M002

20

DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES

The objective of this module is to explore different theoretical ideas and debates about development, and place these in their historical and political contexts. We will critically assess the various ways in which development has been conceptualized, from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Topics covered will include modernisation theory; dependency theory; the role of the state; neo-liberalism and the Washington Consensus, neo-institutionalism and the post-Washington Consensus; poverty and basic needs; human development and capabilities; equity and justice; rights and empowerment; and sustainable development. A key point of the module is to show how ideas in development emerge and how they shape policies and practice in development in the present day.

DEV-M003

20

DEVELOPMENT WORK PLACEMENT

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR STUDENTS ON THE FOLLOWING ROUTES ONLY; Media and International Develpment, Clmate Change and International Development and Environment and International Development. This module is offered as an alternative to the 40 credit dissertation module (DEV-M04X) that all MA/MSc students in DEV currently take. Whilst an academic dissertation will benefit most master's students, for others there may be more benefit to be gained from an appropriate, challenging work experience placement that is then linked to theory and reflected on critically in a report. Students will be responsible for finding a suitable placement but will be given a range of support from DEV which includes: giving the students access to the DEV internship host data base compiled over nearly a decade; advice on identifying appropriate placements; advice on CV design, fund-raising (where necessary), health and safety, ethical considerations etc.; facilitate communication between student and potential host, in some cases acting as a mediator. Whilst we cannot guarantee a placement we are confident that most students who take this module and apply themselves to identifying an internship, will be successful. If there are any students who cannot find a suitable internship then they will automatically transfer to the standard dissertation module.

DEV-M06X

40

DISSERTATION

Production of a short (8000-12000) dissertation on an approved topic.

DEV-M04X

40

DISSERTATION

The dissertation is an individual research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor within one of the research groups in the School. In addition, for project placement opportunities with outside organisations there may also be guidance from an outside collaborator. Research undertaken normally involves the analysis and interpretation of data collected in the field, from measurements of a sample in the laboratory or from data gathered from other sources including the media, questionnaire surveys, interviews, etc. This module is reserved for MSc students and all students must have taken ENV-MB3Y.

ENV-MB4X

60

DISSERTATION (MSc)

The dissertation is an individual research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor either within one of the research groups in the School or, as some project placement opportunities with outside organisations are facilitated, with an outside collaborator. Research undertaken normally involves the analysis and interpretation of data collected in the field, from measurements of a sample in the laboratory or from data gathered from other sources including the media, questionnaire surveys, interviews, etc. This module is reserved for MSc students and all students must have taken ENV-MB2Y.

ENV-MB6X

70

EARTH AND LIFE

This module introduces Earth system science, taking a top-down approach to the Earth as a whole system, and tracing its development since its formation 4.5 billion years ago. The main focus is on the coupled evolution of life and its environment through a series of revolutions. Theoretical approaches are introduced, including Gaia, feedback mechanisms and systems theory, and practical sessions use models to build up conceptual understanding. The subject is inherently inter-disciplinary, including aspects of biology, chemistry and physics, and unifying the study of climate and global biogeochemical cycles. Co-taught with ENV-3A38. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A38 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA38

20

EARTHQUAKE AND VOLCANIC HAZARDS

Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have significant environmental and societal impacts. This module focuses on the physical basis and analysis of each hazard, their global range of occurrence and their global impact. The module also addresses approaches towards hazard mitigation and minimising vulnerability, with an emphasis on their practical implication. Scenarios and probabilities of mega-disasters are also investigated. This module is co-taught with ENV-3A04. MSci STUDENTS NOTE,TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A04 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA04

20

EARTHQUAKE AND VOLCANIC HAZARDS WITH FIELDCOURSE

Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have significant environmental and societal impacts. This module focuses on the physical basis and analysis of each hazard, their global range of occurrence and their global impact. The module also addresses approaches towards hazard mitigation and minimising vulnerability, with an emphasis on their practical implication. Scenarios and probabilities of occurrence of mega-disasters are also investigated. A one week field trip in Scotland takes place to introduce you to various aspects of natural hazards and in particular to faulting and earthquake hazards. This module is co-taught with ENV-3A04K. The total Field Course module's cap of 25 is inclusive of ENV-3A04K. Please note that there will be a charge for attending this field course. The overall field course charge is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. Further information is available from the module organiser. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A04K OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA04K

20

ECOLOGICAL MODELLING AND STATISTICS

Statistical modelling is a methodology for interpreting experimental data and field observations and for making predictions. The aim of this module is to introduce students to statistical modelling and to some basic techniques for writing population models. After completion of this module, students will understand how to use R to conduct linear model hypothesis testing and community analyses, become familiar with some techniques used to develop ecological population models, be better able to read and understand ecological and statistical models that are found in the literature, and develop written communication skills. This module is primarily reserved for those students studying on the European MSc in Applied Ecology. Limited students from the MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation can also enrol into this module.

ENV-MA72

10

ECOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The aim of this module is to examine biological responses to climate change over a range of levels from species to ecosystems. In this module students will examine the most recent literature on the effects of global environmental change on biological systems and will become familiar with different approaches and methods used for modelling biological responses to climate change. Students are recommended to take ENV-MA51.

ENV-MA46

10

ECONOMETRIC METHODS FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this introductory module is to expose students to basic econometric theory and provide them with sufficient knowledge and practical skill for competent use of econometrics in empirical research. The module also enables students to understand and interpret econometric research results. By the end of the module students acquire sufficient knowledge and skill to apply multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data to a wide range of macro- and micro-economic problems of development. In addition to lectures, the module includes computer workshops on Stata (widely used econometrics software) and seminars.

DEV-M067

20

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND PRACTICE FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of the module is to enable students to understand current debates on education and development and their implications for international and national education strategies. Students will critically examine education policy documents (including web-based literature), investigate policy development processes and develop the ability to locate global, national and local levels policies and practices within a range of discourses and theoretical frameworks. These processes will be investigated in relation to particular policy agendas including access and quality, educational governance, social justice and school choice, as well as areas such as education and conflict, poverty and marginalisation, gender and HIV and AIDS.

DEV-M046

20

ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Socioeconomic scenarios of the 21st century are widely used to explore the prospects, potentials and implications of mitigating and adapting to climate change. Transformative change in the energy system is a hallmark of such scenarios. This module will explore and evaluate the projections of social change and technological change represented in climate change mitigation scenarios, with an emphasis on energy systems. Evidence from history on the drivers and dynamics of energy transitions will be used to feasibility-test these future assumptions. The module will go on to cover the climate change impacts associated with future socioeconomic scenarios, looking particularly at impacts on hydrology and agricultural systems. These interact with both mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change and make necessary an integrated assessment of the complex relationships between energy, land and water. This links climate change impacts and responses back to mitigation in the energy system

ENV-MA68

20

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT EFFECTIVENESS

BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST HAVE TAKEN ENV-MA63/MA65 or ENV-3A63/3A65 Environmental Assessment is considered to be more effective when conducted at strategic levels of decision making, and is usually perceived to have a goal of achieving sustainable development. This module provides experience of conducting a particular form of strategic assessment, Sustainability Appraisal (SA), which incorporates environmental, social and economic considerations into plan making. Through practice of SA, a field course involving hands-on application of environmental assessment techniques, and consideration of effectiveness theory, this module will examine what makes assessment effective. Please note that there will be a charge for attending this field course. The overall field course charge is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. Further information is available from the module organiser

ENV-MA64K

20

FOSSIL FUELS

CO-TAUGHT WITH ENV-3A35. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A33/3A35. This module explains the formation and accumulation of fossil fuel (oil, natural gas and coal). Geological, economic and political aspects of fossil fuel exploration and production are introduced and used to discuss environmental concerns arising from the use of fossil fuels, and the potentially profound implications of future fuel scarcity.

ENV-MA35

20

GENDER CONCEPTS FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aims of this module are to provide students with a solid understanding of both the theoretical perspectives and concepts that have underpinned the field of gender and development; and to enable students to understand the link between gender and key debates within development studies such as poverty, violence, religion and the role of men in gender and development. The module begins by exploring the various approaches to theorising gender and development, as they have evolved in recent decades. It then introduces and explains a range of key concepts as the foundations of gender analysis. The second part of the module applies these concepts in examining a selection of important and policy relevant debates: the nature of the household and kinship, gender roles, power and empowerment, poverty, violence, masculinities, religion and the gendered nature of institutions. The module builds the foundation for the more applied units which follow, and whilst it touches on policy implications as they arise, it does not focus on gender policy as such.

DEV-M015

20

GENDER DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

This module explores relations between social policies (defined broadly) and various forms of identity and difference. It focuses on the experiences of developing countries and pays particular attention to gender issues, although other aspects of diversity (such as ethnicity, disability and age) are also addressed explicitly. The module has both theoretical and more practical components, including sessions on gender planning and mainstreaming analysis. This module has a limit of 40 students.

DEV-M066

20

GEOSCIENCES FIELDCOURSE: GREECE

This module is designed to promote a deeper understanding and integration of geoscience subjects: the fieldwork will usually concentrate on aspects of structural geology, regional tectonics, sedimentology, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironments, and volcanology. A key feature of the course is that the location is chosen where there are excellent and substantial exposures of rock formation showing evidence of processes. There are two field bases in the Aegean (Greece), the Gulf of Corinth active rift, and Santorini volcano. The field trip is usually takes place from 8-22nd September 2014 approximately. The approximate cost to the student is expected to be ~GBP400 (though much depends on the Greece currency exchange rate). This includes BandB, and travel costs. Please consult the module organiser at the time of enrolling to ensure places are available, unless you already have confirmation that you already have a place on the fieldcourse. In addition to being able to demonstrate field observation and data recording skills, M-level students will collect samples and generate new data as part of a small-scale scientific investigation that will be written-up as a report. This module is co-taught with ENV-3A77K. This module is only available to UG students on the MSci programme as the field course takes place in September.

ENV-MA77K

20

GEOSCIENCES FIELDCOURSE: IRELAND

This module is designed to promote a deeper understanding and integration of geoscience subjects: the fieldwork will usually concentrate on aspects of structural geology, regional tectonics, hydrogeology, sedimentology, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironments, metamorphic geology and volcanology. A key feature of the course is that the location is chosen where there are excellent and substantial exposures of rock formation showing evidence of processes. This module runs alternate years with ENV-MA77K (Geosciences Fieldcourse: Ireland). This is to enable field base alternates between the Aegean (Greece) and Western Ireland, and the detailed content will reflect the field sites. In addition to being able to demonstrate field observation and data recording skills, M-level students will collect samples and generate new data as part of a small-scale scientific investigation that will be written-up as a report. Co-taught with ENV-3A67K. This module is only available to UG students on the MSci programme as the field course takes place in September.

ENV-MA67K

20

GIS FOR ECOLOGY and ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are computer programs for the capture, management, analysis and display of spatially referenced data. They are now increasingly widely used in ecology and environmental management, both in the organisation and analysis of pre-existing data sets and for analysis of data collected during fieldwork. This module aims to introduce their basic principles, capabilities, applications and limitations. Only basic familiarity with a PC is required and there will be weekly practical classes using the ArcGIS software. The main emphasis will be on imparting an understanding of what a GIS is, the strengths and weaknesses of such systems, and their practical use in research contexts (including MSc dissertations).

ENV-MA94

10

GLOBALISATION, BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT

This module provides an understanding of the economic, social and environmental impacts of globalisation. It focuses on the role of business, particularly corporate social responsibility, and the changing role of the state in promoting economic development.

DEV-M110

20

GLOBALISED AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS

The aim of this module is to understand how food security is affected by policies, environmental processes, and actions that occur at the international level. Food security is a central theme, and how it is constructed and contested at international level, involving global institutions, interest groups, and diverse policy agendas. This exploration does not confine itself exclusively to production, but also considers other areas of concern, including: global environmental change, dietary shifts, 'post-production' concerns with food quality or ecosystem integrity, agribusiness, public versus private agricultural innovation, intellectual property rights, and strategies for technological development. Students will gain critical understanding of these debates and how different policy actors engage with them at both the local and the global level. These actors include firms, public RandD institutions, civil society, farmers' movements, consumers' groups, and major donors and philanthropic organizations. The module will help students develop a critical and inter-disciplinary understanding of key international policy debates that have relevance to agriculture. Additionally, students will gain a better understanding of how trends in globalised agriculture affect poor people, particularly smallholder farmers, but also consumers and those involved in value chains.

DEV-M106

20

GOVERNANCE DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT

The concepts of governance and democracy hold very different meanings for distinct political trends. Thus, on the one hand democracy is cited as the only way for citizens to have meaningful input into their government, while on the other it is seen as empty of most substantial content consisting mainly of relatively meaningless formal components such as multi-party elections, a vehicle for enabling globalisation. Similarly, there are multiple ways of conceptualising governance. Recently, 'good governance' has become a development buzzword that now occupies a central place in development thinking, policy-making and practice. But what does good governance mean and why has it become so important for development? How are democracy and governance related to the state and how are they affected by global governance? What does it mean to be a citizen, whether of a state or globally and how does gender, in the form of masculinisms, affect the way all these are conceptualised? These are some of the key issues and questions that this module will try to address. Students who have taken this course should understand the historical roots of democracy and the political aims behind the governance agenda. They will also have gained theoretical perspectives, analytical tools, and basic information that can help them evaluate wider debates about political development, democracy, and governance.

DEV-M065

20

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

This module provides a broad introduction to health issues in a context of development. It reviews different cultural understandings of health, and relationships between health, socio-economic change, livelihoods and poverty. The module also examines health policies of particular relevance to developing countries. While the module looks at health issues in general, it pays particular attention to links between HIV/AIDS and development.

DEV-M070

20

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT

In this module, students will conduct and write up their Final Independent Research Project. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD8X

60

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY

This module provides an understanding of the economics of international trade and investment and their implications for development. It analyses the impacts of international trade, foreign investment and technology transfer on developing countries and evaluates the effects of national trade and investment policies and international economic agreements and institutions. It covers both trade theory and more applied topics such as the impact of trade on labour and the environment.

DEV-M056

20

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES-EXAMINATION

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in International Relations and Development Studies.

DEV-M048

20

INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT FIELDWORK

This module will help prepare students for development fieldwork and focus on practical and ethical issues. Topics covered will include understanding the local context and culture, working with marginalised, vulnerable and privileged groups, negotiating access to field sites and power relations. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD3X

20

INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of the module is for students to understand current debates on the principles and theories linking education to development in a range of social contexts. The module will introduce students to theories of education and development including international and comparative education. These are examined in relation to the broader challenges of development. Topics in the module may include: theories of human development and capabilities, human capital and rights based approaches, theories of equity, social justice and inclusive education. We will examine schooling in contexts of chronic poverty, models of schooling and de-schooling, formal and non-formal education, the challenges of linguistic and cultural diversity, inclusive education and disability, gender inequalities, and the education of nomads and other migratory groups.

DEV-M007

20

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

The module will provide an overview of different research methods and how they can be applied within the context of development practice. Among other things, it will cover the following topics: interviewing, mixed methods approaches, participatory research methods and basic statistical analysis. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD2Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (MRES DP)

This module provides students with a generic introduction to Social Science research. This includes introductory material on the nature of Social Science research, research design and the nature of quantitative and qualitative research methodology. It also examines the skills needed for Social Science research. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD1Y

20

MA IN EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT - EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Education and Development.

DEV-M036

20

MA IN GENDER ANALYSIS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT:EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Gender Analysis in International Development.

DEV-M034

20

MA IN GLOBALISATION BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA Globalisation Business and Sustainable Development: Exam.

DEV-M114

20

MA IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3-hour exam taken by all students on the MA in International Development.

DEV-M112

20

MA IN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT:EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in International Social Development.

DEV-M038

20

MA IN MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Media and International Development.

DEV-M084

20

MA IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT:EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Rural Development.

DEV-M030

20

MACROECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT

Why are some countries richer than others? The objective of the module is to provide a rigorous analysis of economic growth issues and examine macroeconomic models that describe determinants of long-term growth and income. We will study the role of capital accumulation, initial income, population growth, education, technological progress, and institutions in determining different patterns of economic development. Theory and data analysis will jointly help explain why some countries embark on divergent development paths.

DEV-M076

20

MARINE ECOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

This module examines the microbial processes that underpin our dependence on the marine environment for 'services' such as climate modulation and nutrient regeneration. The module will cover the evolution, biodiversity and molecular ecology of bacteria, diatoms, coccolithophores and nitrogen fixers, and the physiology and distribution of zooplankton. Example ecosystems such as the Antarctic, mid ocean gyres and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems will be studied in detail and predictions of the impact of environmental change (increasing temperature, decreasing pH, decreasing oxygen, and changes in nutrient supply) on marine ecosystem dynamics will be examined. Biological oceanographic methods will be critically evaluated. The module will include a reading week in week 7 and employability visits to the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS). THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS ENROLLED ON THE EMAE PROGRAMME.

ENV-MA15C

20

MARINE SCIENCES FIELDCOURSE

THIS MODULE IS CO-TAUGHT WITH ENVK5020A This 11 day 20 credit field course studies physical, chemical and biological coastal oceanographic processes and will probably take place in June. The course includes lectures and practical experience of oceanographic instrumentation, chartwork, numerical analysis of data using matlab and a poster presentation at ENV. The second week of the course will take place in Oban, using the oceanographic research ships and laboratory facilities of the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory. The course has no pre- or co-requisites however it will be of particular relevance to those who have studied ENV-5016A Ocean Circulation, ENV-5019A Chemical Oceanography and ENV-6005A Biological Oceanography and Marine Ecology. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CAN ONLY ENROL ONTO THIS MODULE VIA AN APPLICATION FORM FROM THE SCHOOL AND NOT VIA THE STANDARD MODULE ENROLMENT PROCESS. ALSO THE MODULE RUNS IN THE SUMMER PRIOR TO THE START OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR. Please note that there will be a charge for attending this field course. The overall field course charge is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. Further information is available from the module organiser.

ENV-MA47K

20

MASTER IN RESEARCH DISSERTATION

15,000 to 20,000 words on an approved topic.

DEV-M05X

80

MEDIA AND DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE

In this module students will be working in the university and in the local community to design, implement and evaluate their own 'live' media and development project. This module is taught and facilitated by lecturers from DEV and by a team of professionals from a media and development organisation, called New Media Networks (NMN). NMN is a creative industries company that works in the UK and internationally for lasting social change. Students will also be working with staff (and possibly volunteers) from the local organisations we collaborate with.

DEV-M099

20

MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the analysis of the different approaches to development communication and the wider relationships between media and development.

DEV-M082

20

MEDIA AND SOCIETY

This module is intended to provide all students studying media related postgraduate degrees with a broad, current and inter-disciplinary understanding of the media today. Our guiding philosophy is that in order properly to understand the media, whether as a lawyer, economist, development studies professional, media studies specialist or political scientist, it is essential to have a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary understanding of the modern media. What we shall be doing over the year, therefore, is to look at the structure of media today in the UK and globally. We will consider, from several different academic perspectives, how media content is constructed, what shapes content and how content may be controlled and even censored. We will also look at the media industry, examining how it is currently organised and managed, what factors influence its current organisation and consider how it might develop. We will examine how media affects peoples and societies, particularly with the rise of social media, and review the debates about media influence and power. Finally, we will seek to draw together key aspects of modern media.

DEV-M105

20

MICROECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT

The module provides the building blocks for microeconomic analysis of development. Topics include: #Poverty, inequality and welfare #Agricultural household production #Intra- household allocation #Risk, uncertainty and insurance #Markets and Institutions: credit #Markets and institutions: labour #Human capital : education, health and nutrition #Public goods, collective action #Institutions, transaction costs #Policy reforms #Household surveys and their analysis. The module consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are assessed by essay and exam.

DEV-M057

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of this course is to show how physical environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. There is a focus on examples within meteorology, oceanography and the solid earth. The course consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals. These concentrate on the solution of ordinary and partial differential equations. The computing practicals will be run in Matlab. The module will guide students through the solution of a geophysical problem of their own choosing. The problem will be discussed and placed into context through an essay, and then solved and written up in a project report. Co-taught with ENV-3A11. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A11 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA11

20

MSC IN CLIMATE CHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSC in Climate Change and International Development.

DEV-M086

20

MSC IN DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSC in Development Economics.

DEV-M116

20

MSC IN ENVIRONMENT AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT:EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSC in Environment and International Development.

DEV-M042

20

MSC IN IMPACT EVALUATION FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSc in Impact Evaluation for International Development.

DEV-M108

20

MSC IN WATER SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3-hour exam taken by all students on the MSc in Water Security and International Development.

DEV-M104

20

NARRATIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

The aim of this Module is to introduce students to a range of different narratives of environmental change which have been influential in Western thought and action over the last 200 years and especially the last 50 years. It also aims to show how different narratives of past changes can be used to shape different environmental policy futures. The Module draws upon the sub-disciplines of environmental history, cultural geography, futures studies and systems theory and is taught by three experts in these fields. The Module is divided into two parts. In Part 1, through lectures and seminars students are introduced to seven different narratives of environmental change: for example, limits to growth, planetary boundaries, social-ecological resilience. In Part 2, students working in pairs lead a series of assessed seminars on allocated topics which bring together the historical narratives with areas of live policy debate.

ENV-MA75

20

NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

Have you ever wondered why human economic activity seems to be so bad for the environment? Does it have to be like that? Is it possible for human beings to enjoy high standards of living and a high quality environment? Through the study of the principles of Environmental Economics this course sets out to answer those questions. Addressing a wide-range of economy-environment problems including car pollution, over-fishing, climate change and declining oil stocks, the course shows that most environmental problems can be solved through the adoption of policies crafted with the careful application of economic reasoning. Co-taught with ENV-3A84. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A44 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA84

20

PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBALISATION

The module is designed to provide a broad overview of the debates on globalisation and its implications for developing countries. It is taught from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives and considers a range of views and critiques. It addresses key issues such as the impact of globalisation on poverty and inequality, the role of the state, and conflict and security, as well as addressing the resistance to globalisation and the rise of global social movements.

DEV-M071

20

POLITICAL ECOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

This course seeks to provide students with a solid understanding of political ecology theory and to enable them to apply this theory for analyzing environment and development problems. After a brief introduction to key theoretical concepts in political ecology, students review key contributions to major policy fields in environment and development. They do this in a series of reading seminars, covering agriculture and biotechnology, climate change, conservation, fisheries, forestry, water management and other fields. The course ends with a workshop on the role of policy in political ecology.

DEV-M090

20

RESEARCH PROJECT 1

In this module, students will conduct an organisational and policy analysis for their Final Independent Research Project. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD4Y

20

RESEARCH PROJECT 2

In this module, students will design and pilot their own research instruments for their Final Independent Research Project. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD5Y

20

RESEARCH PROJECT 3

In this module, students will develop a detailed research proposal for their Final Independent Research Project. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD6Y

20

RESEARCH SKILLS

Semester 1 teaching is compulsory for all MSc students, while semester 2 is for students to attend the classes they need. The primary purpose of this module is to provide support and training for the dissertation to ensure that the necessary research is well planned in advance. To get the best possible start for the dissertation, advice is given on how to make the best use of UEA library resources, and how to undertake a literature review and the ethics procedures. There is also a discussion about the assessment for this module, which is the dissertation proposal. A substantial part of semester 1 is devoted to how to use statistics for the analysis of different types of projects. For students who are undertaking social science dissertations, supporting lectures and practicals are provided in semester 2. These include: social science research design to ensure there is a sound understanding of the fundamental concept and requirements of good research; questionnaire survey design; interviewing techniques; focus groups methods; and techniques analysing qualitative data. This module must be taken before the ENV-MB4X Dissertation.

ENV-MB3Y

20

RESEARCH SKILLS WORKSHOP: DESIGN AND WRITING

RSW:DW will focus on identifying research questions; scoping existing knowledge and finding literature; critical reading and writing; editing and planning arguments; comparing conceptual approaches and preliminary thinking about theory-data linkages.

DEV-M091

10

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND ANALYSIS

The course lectures and seminars will include the following topics: # Development research and research ethics # Research design and method; sampling, questionnaire design, interviews # The role of qualitative methods in quantitative research and mixed methods # Participatory and action research # Design and implementation of household surveys on various topics, e.g. income, consumption, employment, health, nutrition, education, etc. Basic data processing and statistical analysis and presentation are taught using SPSS.

DEV-M027

20

RESEARCH TOPICS IN EARTH SCIENCE

The module allows engagement in Earth science research topics at an advanced level and involves advanced study skills. The module will be strongly research lead and based around student-centred learning. The module will involve a) engagement with appropriate research seminars in the School of Environmental Sciences and b) directed research based around key topics with discussions and student seminars. The topics included will vary from year to year, depending on current research programmes, but they are likely to include topics in sedimentary geology, sedimentology, palaeoclimate, geological resources, Earth history, the Earth system, nuclear waste repository sites, carbon dioxide sequestration.

ENV-MA59

20

RESEARCH TRAINING PROJECT

This year long module involves individual research in the environmental sciences with the topic suggested by and closely directed by a supervisor. The work will develop research skills through learning by doing and will be presented as a seminar and in the form of a research paper. The project differs from Year 3 project in requiring greater time and higher expected standards of research design and application of data. This module is restricted to UG students on the MSci programme only.

ENV-MA9Y

60

RSW: ELABORATING RESEARCH DESIGN

This module continues from where RSW1 leaves off. It provides students with the skills to complete their procedural paper, particularly focusing on methodology and moving further on theory-data linkages towards the construction of a conceptual framework.

DEV-M092

10

RURAL LIVELIHOODS AND AGRARIAN CHANGE

Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change is a core module for all MAARD and MAGAID students and is an option for all other masters students. It is an inter-disciplinary module that uses a social relations perspective to understand how people make a living in contexts of poverty and vulnerability. It aims to provide an overview of rural livelihoods and approaches to their analysis as well as a critical assessment of the implications of gender relations and poverty, for livelihood building. The interconnections between the wider context within which livelihoods are built, including national policies and the character of specific locations, the social structure and rules that determine entitlements, the assets or resources available to individuals and groups, and their livelihood strategies, will be examined. The links between rural and urban, farm and non-farm for the livelihoods of rural people, over time, will also be explored.

DEV-M061

20

RURAL POLICIES and POLITICS

Around three-quarters of the world's poor live in rural areas and the gap between poor and rich continues to widen. The fate of the rural poor can be greatly influenced by policies in areas such as agriculture, land, social protection, natural resources, health, education and trade. This module reviews key policies and issues in these and other areas. It also guides students to critically analyse policy choices within specific contexts. Rural Policies recognises the importance of looking at rural policies with consideration of particular socio-economic contexts and in relation to larger-scale trends that are affecting rural areas: globalisation, urbanisation, de-agrarianisation, rural-urban linkages, conflict, HIV/AIDS and decentralisation. At the same time, it is based on the premise that rural areas require particular policies because of the distinct conditions characterizing them.

DEV-M016

20

SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Advances in science and technology have transformed the world we live in and have increasing potential to disrupt environment and society for good and bad. This situation is particularly problematic in addressing pressing sustainability challenges. Science remains one of the main means of understanding environmental problems and technology can offer important possible solutions to them. Yet, science and technology are also causes of these problems in the first place, with some unintended consequences and effects only just being realised. This, coupled with unacknowledged social and ethical implications, fuels problems of public trust, controversy and resistance to certain forms of science and technology. It is increasingly realised that these problematic relations between science, society and politics form one of the main barriers to action on environmental and sustainability issues from global to local scales. This module provides an essential grounding in understanding these relationships and ways to improve them, explored through grand challenges such as energy, climate change, and natural hazards. The module provides students with an advanced introduction to the field of science and technology studies and its links with geography and environmental science. It is taught through lectures, seminars, practical exercises and in class discussions and debates in three sections: Part 1: Science, politics and power; Part 2. Science, society and the public; and Part 3: Governing science and sustainability.

ENV-MA56

20

SOCIAL ANALYSIS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Over the last few years, social development has become a leading focus in international development policy. Most international agencies and many of the larger NGOs have their own departments or divisions of social development. This module offers a detailed theoretical analysis of key concepts issues in social development, such as power relations, social capital, social exclusion, participatory development and different understandings of poverty. It focuses on the experiences of developing countries.

DEV-M063

20

STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

From supernovae and the early condensation of the solar system, through the climate history of the planet and on to modern stratospheric chemistry, studies using stable isotopes have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the processes that shape the Earth. In this module we look at the theory and practice of isotope geochemistry, covering analytical methods and mass spectrometry, fractionation processes, and isotope behaviour in chemical cycles in the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. The course consists of lectures, practicals, including hands-on experience in the stable isotope laboratory, and student led seminars.

ENV-MA81

20

SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

This module investigates the impacts of consumption on social and environmental systems, and how these might be reduced. It presents the key theories and debates around sustainable consumption, and critically examines a range of strategies for achieving it, covering governmental, business, community and individual actors. A mainstream 'green growth' policy approach to sustainable consumption is contrasted with an alternative 'new economics' or 'steady state economy' model, and we examine a range of perspectives on what drives consumption patterns. Using innovative teaching methods and workshop exercises we apply these theories to real world examples, providing engaging, experiential learning opportunities. We then critically assess a selection of sustainable consumption initiatives in detail, for example local organic food, eco-housing, Transition Towns, local currencies and community-based behaviour-change campaigns. Students will be required to engage with and critically evaluate various theories of consumption behaviour and social change, so some background in social science is strongly recommended (although not compulsory).

ENV-MA73

20

THE CARBON CYCLE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change. CO2 is becoming even more important to climate owing to continued, escalating use of fossil fuel energy and CO2's very long lifetime in the atmosphere. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is challenging, in large part because the Earth's carbon cycle is very complex and not fully understood. You will learn about the atmospheric, oceanic and land components of the carbon cycle, how they interact with each other, and how they interact with climate in so-called 'feedbacks'. We also cover pressing global issues such as ocean acidification, ocean deoxygenation, geo-engineering the climate and how to get off our fossil fuel 'addiction'. The understanding of the carbon cycle gained from this module is an important foundation for all climate change research. Emphasis is given to the most recent, cutting-edge research in the field. Co-taught with ENV-3A31. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A31 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA31

20

THEORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Environmental assessment is a term used to describe procedures for evaluating the potential environmental consequences of policies, programmes, plans and projects. It is a well established tool for environmental policy integration, being routinely employed in more than 100 nations and by many international aid and funding agencies. This multidisciplinary module focuses on the theory and methods of environmental assessment and the decision-making contexts in which they are employed. It explains the procedural stages of, and selected methodologies for, environmental assessment and provides practical experience in applying them. Co-taught with ENV-3A65. If not already compulsory, students are recommended to take ENV-MA64K. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-3A63/ENV-3A65 OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-MA65

20

TOOLS AND SKILLS IN ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

This module aims to introduce a range of tools and frameworks used by researchers, government agencies, businesses and NGOs to inform and develop their environmental management strategies in a sustainable development context. Students will gain familiarity with the most important available approaches and an understanding of the key assumptions and ideas in environment-development research, monitoring and management systems. The module is taught through workshops and practical sessions, lectures and field or study visits within Norfolk. There is an emphasis on putting concepts into practice and understanding how environmental assessments guide management actions. Both individual and team projects will be important. Tools and frameworks covered may include environmental and social impact assessments, survey techniques for land, water or biodiversity, GIS and modelling of social-ecological systems, sustainable livelihoods analysis and integrated conservation and development.

DEV-M064

20

UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

This module provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the analysis and understanding of issues of environmental change, and of the relationships between environment and development. Students will have a critical understanding of social constructions of cause and effect relationships in environment and development issues, including a critical understanding of scientific assessments. They will be able to link these understandings to topics encountered in other courses, and to develop their own perspectives on environment and development issues. In particular they should understand the somewhat different perspectives in 'less developed countries' on environment and development issues. The course consists of weekly workshops and seminar sessions, which include videos and discussions oriented around core issues and readings. Assessment is based on coursework and written examination.

DEV-M051

20

WATER SECURITY FOR DEVELOPMENT - THEORY AND CONCEPTS

The aim of 'Water Security Theory and Concepts' is to investigate the theory and conceptual frameworks that underpin research and policy work on 'water security'. The module explores the background to rising concerns regarding the protection and use of water, and outlines key issues and interests relevant to its current treatment in research and in practice. It examines the differences between water security and water resources security, and moreover, investigates the connections between water security with food, climate or energy security, and international, state and individual concerns regarding military security.

DEV-M101

20

WATER SECURITY FOR DEVELOPMENT - TOOLS AND POLICY

The aim of 'Water Security Tools and Policy' is to investigate and provide a working familiarity with established and cutting-edge analytical, decision-making, and development tools (such as water footprinting or climate impacts assessment) for effective water security policy. It will utilise case study material, physical models, computer exercises and material brought or sourced by students to audit the water security of a system of interest (e.g. city, region, country, irrigation scheme). The students will record and assess the factors that affect water security such as laws and legal frameworks; water supply and demand volumes; institutions for managing water; climate change science and models; climate risks and adaptation; and future projections regarding societal change. Actions to address security will be discussed and formulated.

DEV-M102

20

WELFARE AND EVALUATION IN DEVELOPMENT

This module aims to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of Impact Evaluation. For that purpose, the first part intends to address the theory of welfare, with particular reference to poverty, inequality and multi-dimensional ill-being. The second part of the module intends to provide an introduction the theories and practices of evidence based policy making, and the third part to cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis.

DEV-M097

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject: Social Science
  • Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in International Development

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

The tuition fees for 2015/6 will be confirmed shortly. Fees for the academic year 2014/15 were:

  • UK/EU Students: £6,000 (full-time), £3,000 (part-time)*
  • International Students: £12,900

* for each year of the course.

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses
Approximately £7,500 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.


Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK students. Please click here for more detailed information about UK/EU Scholarships and Funding.

The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for further information about funding for International students. International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.


Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.