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MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance

MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

09-OCT-22

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Studies Environmental Management

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

About the course

The rate and complexity of environmental change poses profound economic, social and political challenges for contemporary society. Developing ways to address these challenges demands intellectual rigour, innovation and flexibility, as well as the capacity to think across existing disciplinary boundaries.

This course is grounded in the conviction that responses to global challenges requires researchers and practitioners trained in the social sciences, with the ability to think flexibly across disciplinary and sectorial boundaries. It will enable you to develop a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded understanding of the dynamic relations between environment, society and policy. This course intensively engages with ongoing theoretical debates in human geography, political geography, political ecology and science and technology studies. Students should expect to engage with theoretical material and deconstruct some of the basic assumptions underpinning terms like ‘society’, ‘governance’, ‘territory’, ‘politics’ and ‘nature’ in order to develop conceptual tools to understand contemporary global change. This is not an ‘environmental policy’ programme - it is a programme that will prepare you to grapple with contemporary global challenges from the perspectives of critical social theory informed by a range of disciplines.

To this end, the course draws on the methods and approaches from across the social sciences, including fields such as human geography, anthropology, environmental economics, science and technology studies, and environmental management. It also facilitates dialogue between researchers and practitioners concerning contemporary issues of environmental policy and politics.

The specific objectives of the course are.

  • to provide broad and critical engagements with key debates in human geography, political ecology and the environmental social sciences, focussing on the relations between nature and society, science and politics, and urban natures
  • to foster an understanding of conceptual tools in human geography and how to apply them to the challenges of real-world environmental governance
  • to develop your conceptions of, and skills in, the research design and methods in the contemporary environmental social sciences, providing critical foundations for further study by research
  • to integrate you into world-leading research in the School of Geography and the Environment by providing core teaching and supervision by research-active staff
  • to enhance your personal and professional development.

Assessment

In addition to the dissertation, assessment is through written examination as well as an additional policy brief assignment for the core modules. The two electives are each assessed through a 4,000 word essay.

Graduate destinations

NSEG alumni are pursuing careers with a wide range of organisations, with a third or more entering MPhil or doctoral programmes in Oxford and elsewhere.

Examples of the organisations include government departments (eg US Department of Energy, National Water Services Agency Singapore), non-governmental organisations (eg OXFAM, Birdlife International), business organisations (eg Confederation of British Industry, Financial Services Authority) and international agencies (eg Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations Environment Programme).

The department's Alumni Office helps alumni keep in touch with each other and organises alumni events.

Modules

An independent and original dissertation is an integral component of the course. In order to equip you with the necessary skills to undertake high quality research, a suite of training activities is offered to develop key transferable skills in order for you to be able to execute high quality independent and original research, and to expose students to applied research methods used widely in academic and professional research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£19,970

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

£26,940

Entry requirements

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any discipline. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.