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Our four MSc programmes are part of the new Oxford 1+1 Programme which enables exceptional and motivated students to combine their MSc with the Oxford MBA.
With over 200 graduate students from a range of nationalities, professional and disciplinary backgrounds we are one of the largest, most diverse and vibrant graduate schools in the world offering advanced degrees in Geography and the Environment. The inter-disciplinary nature of research and teaching, the interplay between theory and practice, the calibre and enthusiasm of the students and the School's leading position within the University of Oxford combine to produce an intellectually exciting environment. Students without previous experience of geography are encouraged to apply.
If you are planning a career in research, teaching or an environment-related profession, preparing for a career change or to take a career break then one of our six programmes should suit you. The DPhil (or PhD) programme is three to four year individual research programme. The MPhil is a two-year research-based degree and there are four one-year MSc programmes that combine taught courses with a dissertation.
The MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy equips students with a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded understanding of the dynamic relations between environment, society and policy. It recognizes that responding to profound political and environmental challenges requires a new generation of researchers and policy professionals who are able to think in innovative, rigorous and flexible ways across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries.
Featured Staff MemberProfessor David Banister, Transport
Featured Research ProjectMaking environmental health subjects in contemporary rural China: contested illnesses, pollution and the 'good life'
Dr Anna Lora-Wainwright. Financial support from the British Academy; 2010-2012.
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Geography at Oxford
Geography at Oxford has a long tradition and, we believe, an exciting future in a top-rated department, where new research initiatives and key contributions to scholarship are valued. The origins of the School of Geography as a university department lie in the establishment of the Halford Mackinder Readership in Geography in 1886: the first university position in a British university. Since that date geography has been taught continuously in Oxford, although in the earlier years, the main emphasis was on undergraduate teaching. Graduate studies are now much more significant part of the School.
Graduate students and academic staff are working within and across the discipline. Research in key areas of environmental, human, and physical geography is supported, from studies on migration, through pensions policies, biogeography, climate change, flood risk, desertification, biological and cultural diversity, and many other areas. Research is currently organised into five distinct research clusters, which also build synergies between themes by addressing common, cross cutting themes. At present these themes include governance, measurement and mobilities. For more detail please see the webpages of the five research clusters and of individual members of staff.
Our Teaching Approach
The emphasis in Oxford is on independent learning accomplished through research, writing and discussion. Students are expected to take responsibility for planning their own time and study programme and to ensure that the requisite work is accomplished. MSc courses offer a framework of core lectures, field courses, electives, and workshops and symposia for learning. Our courses are not standardised; individual classes reflect the research interests of individual faculty and often mix seminar style teaching with discussions or practical exercises. We make every effort to treat each student as an individual and to help students customise their own learning. A common comment of students is that to get the most from studying in Oxford you need to be a self starter and willing to explore opportunities in the wider University, which are exceedingly rich. This is particularly so for DPhil and MPhil students.
Oxford is famous for its small group tutorials. This is a characteristic of undergraduate teaching. Post-graduate teaching is provided on a one-to-one basis for DPhil and MPhil students (in the form of supervisory meetings) and in classes for MSc teaching. Electives are taught in smaller groups of normally no more than eight. Most of the rest of the MSc teaching is in class sizes of 20-30 (depending on the programme. Integrated classes (e.g. research skills) are taught in larger groups across the four MSc programmes.
For more information on studying in Oxford please visit the University of Oxford's Graduate Studies Prospectus website
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