As a research-driven Masters, fieldwork represents a core element of the teaching philosophy of NSEG. As part of the MSc (or the first year of the MPhil) there are two compulsory field courses that aim to provide grounded, critical engagements with core empirical and theoretical themes of the course, and to develop students' research skills and competence with methods and practices appropriate to the contemporary environmental social sciences.

Induction field course: Oxford and the surrounding area (October)

The specific aims of this field course are to enable students and key teaching staff to get to know each other, and to introduce the structure and core themes of the course.

Residential research field course: (March)

The specific aims of this field course are:

  • To provide students with practical experience of designing, implementing and presenting the results of a small-scale, environmental social science research project
  • To develop students' awareness of the challenges of applying qualitative research methods to a specific, real-world problem
  • To enable students to critically examine the politics and governance of key environmental issues in a specific context

In addition to these two field courses, students are also expected to engage in a significant period of fieldwork as part of the research dissertation component of the course. Appropriate instruction and supervision will be offered to help students with planning, risk assessment, and ethical approval for this fieldwork.