NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

Environment, Society and Development School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

CONTACT Dr John Morrissey T: +353 91 492 267 E: 3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. Field-based learning and civic engagement form integral and innovative elements of the programme. In one dedicated module, students work on the ground in the challenging international development context of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through partnering with a range of NGOs and the United Nations Development Programme, students gain vital experience of civic engagement and bringing critical thinking to international development challenges. 2. The Neil Smith Graduate Research Award is presented annually to the best overall student. Students work in consultation with dedicated individual supervisors, enabling the pursuit of a range of research interests. 3. The programme director and teaching team have received a number of accolades for teaching excellence, including: an Irish National Academy Award for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning; NUI Galway’s President’s Award for Teaching Excellence (twice); and a Teaching Innovation Award from NUI Galway’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MA DURATION: 1 year, full-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 12 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1MES1 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See page 284 for full details of when and how to apply.

Your Course Are you interested in developing a critical approach to understanding intersecting global issues of environment, society and development? Would you like to acquire the field-based learning skills essential to addressing the most vital environmental and societal challenges of international development today? Would you like to gain the experience of working with the United Nations and a range of NGOs in the challenging context of Bosnia and Herzegovina? If so, the innovative and award-winning Master’s in Environment, Society and Development is for you. The programme is designed to enable you to bring critical and applied thinking to a range of international development challenges. It will engage you on a critical exploration of the various practices of development and security that define our contemporary world, and ultimately how that critique can enable more informed and transformative interventionary practices. Modules include: Introduction to Development; Critical Geopolitics and Security; Environmental Risk and Resilience; Development and Justice; Research Methods and Mapping; and Field-Based Learning. Career Opportunities The programme prepares students for a range of workplaces, including government departments, NGOs, planning and project management agencies, and specialist research and policy institutes. The emphasis on transferable and problem-solving skills is reflected in the focus on field-based learning practices that are part of all modules. The programme is also designed to enhance students’ prospects for undertaking further research at PhD level. Minimum Entry Requirements Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree with a 2.1 in Geography and a 2.2 overall, or related discipline, or equivalent. Selection is based on a candidate’s academic record, statement of intent and letters of recommendation. Prior learning in terms of relevant work experience is also recognised. FIND OUT MORE AT: geography-environment-society-development.html “The MA in Environment, Society and Development offers a critical lens by which to view development challenges in our contemporary world, insisting upon solutions that are participatory, inclusive and grounded in justice and equality. This finds expression in both international and national settings incorporating a broad range of issues relating to climate change, geopolitics, urban and rural development, and community development challenges.” Thomas Hughes, MA in Environment, Society and Development graduate


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