How is climate change linked to policy and policy makers? How does climate change impact upon the world’s economies?
There is a rapidly growing need to understand the nature and consequences of the climate crisis, and to develop evidence-led strategies to respond. Our MA in Environmental Futures with Climate Change will provide you with rigorous training to better understand the causes and impact of climate change and to formulate strategies and solutions. The programme will provide you with knowledge of how climate change science is linked to policy and policy makers, and will develop a foundation to understand prevention of the climate crisis and mitigation/adaptation that is grounded in the social, natural and environmental sciences. You will learn the scientific evidence that is needed for policymakers and societies to respond to these global challenges impacting the natural capital and the world’s economies.
You will also learn and apply the appropriate research methods to study the environment and climate change, and will be fully prepared and supported to conduct a dissertation project on a relevant topic. You will also be prepared to assess both quantitative and qualitative measurements and analyses and build your own datasets in the field of environmental policy.
You will also demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, and written and oral communication, while understanding the context of environmental issues and the links between human and natural systems. The programme provides a strong foundation for PhD research, but is also ideal for employment in a wide range of public and private industries, including government agencies, consultancies and NGOs/charities.
If you like the sound of our MA Environmental Futures with Climate Change course but are particularly interested in quantitative analysis, complex data structures and multivariate hypothesis testing, the MSc version of this course may be for you.
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Some of the biggest names in the field work at Essex, giving you unparalleled access to some of the best minds in politics. Our staff are advising the CIA on counter-terrorism, training politicians and civil servants in democratising countries, and commentating on political events in national and international media.
Our academic staff work on topics ranging from international conflict and violence to British elections, and from the obligations of the younger generation to why authoritarian leaders welcome natural disasters. For example, Dr Zorzeta Bakaki works on public opinion and climate change, Dr Federica Genovese on International cooperation and climate change, Professor David Howarth specialises in discourse analysis and environmental planning and Professor Philip Leifeld is an expert in discourse network analysis and climate change.
All Essex politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments.
Our MA Environmental Futures with Climate Change can lead you to a career in areas such as analysis and policy formulation in public and private industries, including government agencies, consultancies and NGOs/charities.
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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.
Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
£18,800EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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