This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-recognised programme provides the training skills and aptitudes necessary for students intending to pursue PhD-level research in the social sciences and humanities, and in particular environmental law and policy.
You undertake research training provided through the ESRC -approved Social Sciences Training Programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This is complemented by subject-specific training in applied research skills, and in environmental law and policy within the Law School. The programme is æportableÆ in that it can be taken by any student intending to go on to PhD study, whether at Newcastle or elsewhere, and provides the initial research training element of any 1+3 programme (Master's degree + PhD).
You take modules to a value of 180 credits, including a dissertation submitted at the end of the summer semester (60 credits). Modules include: applied research methods in law; foundations of environmental law and policy; thinking about research; dissertation preparation; introduction to qualitative methods; introduction to quantitative methods.
Instead of foundations of environmental law and policy, one of the following alternative modules can be undertaken with the Degree Programme DirectorÆs approval: European environmental law; international environmental law; environmental law and environmental rights; planning law and environmental impact assessment.
Assessment of modules is by course work essays and written examinations, and most classes are taught in seminar groups.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission