University of East Anglia Faculty of Science

Introduction

UEA's Faculty of Science

Feed your passion for science at UEA: deepen your knowledge, specialise, take your career to the next level, challenge yourself and ensure you have the edge with potential employers.

There’s nowhere better to immerse yourself in every last detail if your chosen field. The Faculty of Science is one of the largest faculties at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and is based in one contiguous building encouraging a ‘faculty without walls' approach to innovation and excellence, in learning, teaching and research.

As a postgraduate student you’ll have the chance to study at the forefront of postgraduate science education and research, with some of the world’s leading academics.

Interdisciplinary approach

The Faculty's focus is on interdisciplinary collaboration across the UEA and through its strong partnership with the Norwich Research Park. Students are part of this outstanding local scientific network, with opportunities to work with partner institutes including: the John Innes Centre, The Genome Analysis Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the Institute of Food Research and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

You could be part of research projects that deliver new concepts and products with direct benefits to the wider community, from topics as diverse as improved digital imaging, to the detection of illicit drugs, and new methods of treating diseases.

The Schools of Study in the Faculty of Science are committed to providing an intellectually challenging learning experience within a supportive educational environment that is responsive to student needs. This is reflected in the consistently high scores received in the National Student Satisfaction survey.

The Schools of Study, each renowned for their international excellence, include:

• Biological Sciences
• Chemistry
• Computing
• Environmental Sciences
• Mathematics
• Pharmacy

Each School teaches and conducts research in a range of discipline-specific areas as well as offering multi-disciplinary programmes in the following subjects:

• Actuarial Sciences
• Engineering
• Geography
• Natural Sciences

World Leading Research

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), UEA’s Faculty of Science returned most of their staff for assessment, and all of their research activity was judged to have international impact.

84% of the ~700 outputs returned to the REF were judged to be either world leading or internationally excellent.
90% of UEA’s research impact was judged to be either world leading or internationally excellent.
97% of UEA's research environment was judged to be either world leading or internationally excellent.
Facilities for the Faculty of Science are constantly expanding and improving: latest additions include the Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research (ZICER) building, Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS), Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC) and imaging suites, plus a major facility for biophysical chemistry, new laboratories for energy research and the D’Arcy Thompson Centre, which houses the Computational Biology Laboratory.

“UEA is 10th in the UK for the quality of its research outputs”
– Research Excellence Framework 2014, 2014

Postgraduate Funding

Postgraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and PhD Studentships are available to students within the Faculty of Social Sciences and are usually awarded on the basis of academic merit. Application deadlines vary, so you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible in your year of entry. To explore further detail on funding linked to your area of study visit UEA’s dedicated page for Postgraduate funding opportunities.

UEA: WORLD LEADING INSTITUTION WITH STUDENTS AT ITS HEART

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned, campus-based university that delivers top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students. UEA’s postgraduate community is around 3,500 students, forming one of the central strengths of the University.

Proving its pioneering spirit, UEA proudly sits in the Top 1% of universities in the world (Times Higher World League Table 2015-16) and consistently performs in the Top 5 for student experience in the National Student Survey since it began 10 years ago.

The campus is located in a lush, green area of Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. It’s just two miles from the heart of the city, which is easily reached by foot, bike or bus. The stunning Norfolk coast is 1 hour away, and London a swift 2 hours by train. This uniquely-placed University is also part of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe's biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environmental, health and plant science.

Sporting facilities on campus include the Sportspark, which houses an Olympic-sized swimming pool and regularly hosts local and international athletic events. UEA also offers the world famous Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and hosts an International Literary Festival that featuring famous names such as Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright (all UEA Creative Writing course alumni).

If you want to change the world with your degree, make an impact in your industry and reach your full potential - the University of East Anglia is a brilliant next step.
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MRes Computing Science

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

The MRes Computing Science provides students with foundation training in the basic and advanced research skills sufficient to enter a Doctoral programme. The MRes programme is also suitable for candidates who may wish to obtain a research-oriented degree, but do not wish to commit themselves to a longer period of study. [+]

Why choose this course? The MRes Computing Science provides students with foundation training in the basic and advanced research skills sufficient to enter a Doctoral programme. The MRes programme is also suitable for candidates who may wish to obtain a research-oriented degree, but do not wish to commit themselves to a longer period of study. The MRes pathway has a greater research element than the other MSc programmes offered by the School, whilst also giving students the opportunity to gain credit for the taught components. MRes programmes are designed to bridge the gap between undergraduate studies and the skills required by professional researchers. Contact time Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects. Teaching and assessment The MRes Computing Science is a full-time, one-year programme; it can also be taken part-time over two years. Once on the course, you will specialise in one of the broad areas of the School’s research. You will normally take three taught modules that are related to your area of specialism or that provide you with important background knowledge. You will also take a module in research techniques and a directed study module. The directed study module will related to your area of specialism and, often, it will have a project component. Your academic advisor will guide you through your module choices and assist you in choosing suitable study topics. There will be an emphasis on transferrable skills applicable to a future research career, including analytical and critical research skills, communication skills and project management. The dissertation element of the programme will be larger than that of our taught MSc courses, counting for 80 credits. You will choose your dissertation area early in the academic year, undertaking preliminary work on it during the spring semester and working on it full-time after the examinations until early September. Career opportunities As a graduate from this course, you will have an excellent foundation for entry to a Doctoral programme. You can also pursue a career in a commercial or public sector setting where you can exploit your research skills and specialist knowledge. Entry Requirements Degree Subject: Computer Science or a related subject. Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent). [-]

MSc

MSc Advanced Computing Science

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

The MSc Advanced Computing Science offers a flexible programme that covers a broad spectrum of computing, reflecting the research interests and specialisms of the School. It is a full-time, one-year taught programme, which can also be taken part-time over two years. The course is aimed at students with a first degree in computing science wishing to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the subject. [+]

Why take this course? The rapid development of computing in all its forms is prompting many recent graduates to broaden and deepen their knowledge through studying a MSc course. Many practitioners also want to expand their expertise and refresh their skills. The MSc Advanced Computing Science offers a flexible programme that covers a broad spectrum of computing, reflecting the research interests and specialisms of the School. It is a full-time, one-year taught programme, which can also be taken part-time over two years. The course is aimed at students with a first degree in computing science wishing to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the subject. This programme has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation (Further Learning Element) as well as leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the (BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT) Contact time Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects. Teaching and Assessment The course offers greater flexibility than our other more specialised MSc courses. Once on the programme you will affiliate with one of the broad areas of the School’s research. You will normally take five optional modules, of which at least two are related to your chosen research area. Other modules are designed to complement these and to allow you to broaden your knowledge. You will choose your dissertation topic and undertake preliminary work on it during the spring semester and work on it full-time after the exams until mid-September. This course will give you enhanced technical and analytical skills in your chosen area of specialisation. Some project work may be done with companies and could involve paid placement at a company Some recent dissertation titles: Systems and Internet Security Video shot detection Web-based interface for a static remote sensor configuration Career opportunities Your prospects as a graduate will therefore depend on your specialisation and may include consultancy, software development, project management, web services designer or builder, etc. Computing scientists are generally sought after and well paid and work in diverse environments including small and large international businesses, government agencies and research institutions. The programme will also prepare you for further education through a PhD in order to pursue a career in industrial or academic research. I enjoyed studying the MSc. course in Computing. I gained lots of valuable knowledge as well as many transferable skills. The lecturers and staff were very helpful. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Reham Abualhamayel, former student. Entry Requirements Degree Subject: Computer Science or a related subject. Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent). [-]

MSc Advanced Organic Chemistry

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

Organic chemistry underpins research and development in many areas of the chemical industry where the demands of contemporary research are such that advanced training beyond honours degree level is becoming increasingly necessary. [+]

Organic chemistry underpins research and development in many areas of the chemical industry where the demands of contemporary research are such that advanced training beyond honours degree level is becoming increasingly necessary. There has been a long tradition of postgraduate lecture courses in the School of Chemistry. This taught MSc Advanced Organic Chemistry builds on such expertise and aims to provide an in-depth understanding of industrially relevant applications of the subject. The course is designed for both chemistry graduates and those with degrees in combined sciences which include a chemistry component, and aims to enhance their broad understanding of chemistry and perfect their skills in underlying aspects of organic chemistry (organic reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, and synthetic strategy). You can expect to reach the frontiers of knowledge in key aspects of this subject through a series of specialised advanced lecture courses, problem solving classes, advanced laboratory exercises and a part-year laboratory research project. The course is 45 weeks long. Typically you will take nine tested general- and advanced-level lecture courses and three or four problem-solving classes. Recent topics have included synthesis, asymmetric target oriented synthesis, spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry, stereochemistry, medicinal chemistry, organometallics, oxidation and reduction, and natural products. These courses are specifically selected to enhance your training on techniques and subjects needed by the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, speciality and fine organic chemicals industries. The laboratory component of the course runs throughout the working year. It starts with an eight-week programme of advanced laboratory exercises and experiments designed to provide a realistic training in experimental chemistry by building on basic preparative skills. This is followed by a research project, which will be assessed through a written dissertation and oral examination. Recent Dissertation Titles: Gold catalysed syntheses of complex heterocylic systems. Enzymes in Synthesis. Extending the utility of palladium in cross-coupling reactions. “This intensive course has evolved over many successful years to keep up with the changing demands of modern research. Graduates have a superb record of achievement, securing a wide range of industrial and academic positions.” Entry Requirements Degree Subject: This programme is open to students with a good first degree in Chemistry or an appropriate, related joint discipline (depending on content). Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent). [-]

MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

The MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation provides a flexible course structure suitable for students who wish to acquire the skills necessary for a range of careers in conservation and applied ecology. [+]

The MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation provides a flexible course structure suitable for students who wish to acquire the skills necessary for a range of careers in conservation and applied ecology. The programme aims to provide you with interdisciplinary training forming an ideal platform either for continuation to doctoral research or for direct access into conservation related employment. The course runs over a full calendar year starting with a field course. You will take a combination of taught modules during the first half of the year with the second half spent on an individual research project, often overseas. In addition to core modules in ecological survey methods, current issues in conservation, research skills for ecologists and statistics, you will be able to choose from a broad range of optional modules, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), practical conservation and work placement, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, biodiversity conservation and human society and ecological modelling. Conservation biologists and ecologists in the Schools of Biological and Environmental Sciences and leading conservation organisations conduct most of the teaching. In addition to in-depth exposure to global conservation issues the course provides training in a range of transferable skills and will provide you with an opportunity to establish valuable contacts with potential employers through short and long term work experience and research interaction with a range of national and international conservation organisations. Case study A rare and elusive rabbit has been found, held and photographed by a researcher currently studying for a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation at UEA. Her story recently received national press attention. Examples of some recent research projects conducted by students on this MSc course include: The vulnerability of birds to climate change (with Birdlife International) Mandrills in Gabon: current status and threats (with the Wildlife Conservation Society) Microhabitat and dietary preferences of Telfair’s skink on Round Island: implications for translocation (with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation) Nest-site selection and poaching in Yellow-headed Amazon parrots (with the World Land Trust) Crab as indicators of habitat quality (with Nature Seychelles) “I found the MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation to be an excellent course to help develop my career. The diverse range of modules allows anyone to mould the course to their interests, while the core classes ensure a sound grounding in the whole process of planning, fundraising for, and running a research project.” Joe Hawes Former student [-]

MSc Applied Ecology - International Programme

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

The course aims to form specialists able to develop and lead ecological projects throughout the world by providing them with a wide range of competences and skills, completed by a professional specialisation in one of several leading fields of Ecology (Biodiversity conservation, Ecotoxicology, Functional ecosystem dynamics, Systems theory and ecosystem services, Evolutionary ecology, Biodiversity assessment, analyses and conservation). You can browse a full list of our previous students' theses to see what kind of topics we cover. [+]

The International Masters in Applied Ecology (IMAE) is an exciting international programme involving nine prestigious Universities. While learning at the forefront of research in applied ecology, you will connect with at least four different University environments, three in Europe and one in Latin America. The IMAE is a two-year Masters programme involving the following institutions: University of East Anglia (UK) University of Poitiers (France) University of Coimbra (Portugal) Christian-Albrechts-Universitat in Kiel (Germany) University of Quito (Ecuador) University Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) University of Adelaide (Australia) University of Otago (New Zealand). The course aims to form specialists able to develop and lead ecological projects throughout the world by providing them with a wide range of competences and skills, completed by a professional specialisation in one of several leading fields of Ecology (Biodiversity conservation, Ecotoxicology, Functional ecosystem dynamics, Systems theory and ecosystem services, Evolutionary ecology, Biodiversity assessment, analyses and conservation). You can browse a full list of our previous students' theses to see what kind of topics we cover. // During the first year of the programme you will attend courses in three different EU countries and will travel to Ecuador for a field trip that includes Galapagos Islands, Ecuadorean Andes and Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. During the second year you will choose a specialisation and will be based in one of the IMAE Universities. Fieldwork for the dissertation can be undertaken in a number of different locations around the world. Further information about this course is available from the main International Master in Applied Ecology website. The IMAE programme is an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course (EMMC) supported by the European commission. At the end of the IMAE programme you will have a multiple degree depending on which Universities you engaged. A final certificate is awarded from University of Poitiers stating all Universities where you have attended courses. Ronan Carvill (2012-14 cohort) on field work Career Development The IMAE MSc programme with a second year specialisation at UEA will provide you with the skills needed to develop a career in Applied Ecology with a multidisciplinary ethos. The IMAE programme conveys modules from three different Schools of study (Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and International Development) giving you the opportunity to develop true interdisciplinary knowledge. IMAE students (2013/2015) with Course Director. From left to right: Lillian Alba-Mejia, Alex Hurley, Sara Hutton; Hamera Aisha, Felipe Moreli Fantacini, Janina Kypke and Aldina Franco Industry Contacts In the School of Environmental Sciences you will experience high-quality teaching linked to excellent research. Our links to industry, NGOs and governmental organisations provide a wide range of opportunities and facilitate the establishment of contacts that may provide future employment. Some of the highlights of the department include: Ranked first in the UK for the impact of our research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 88% of research classified as world leading or internationally excellent. Teaching of the highest quality; rated Excellent” in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment. With 62 faculty members, the School is the largest interdisciplinary Environmental Science department in the UK. Extensive recent investment in buildings and laboratories provide excellent facilities for research. A large community of researchers, including more than 150 research students, 72 research staff and 27 technicians. [-]

MSc Climate Change

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

The MSc in Climate Change is based in the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV). The course is designed to provide you with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of climate change science, society and policy. The course content equips our graduates for careers in areas as diverse as government agencies, business consultancies and academia. [+]

The MSc in Climate Change is based in the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV). The course is designed to provide you with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of climate change science, society and policy. The course content equips our graduates for careers in areas as diverse as government agencies, business consultancies and academia. Climate change and variability has played a major role in shaping human history and the prospect of global warming as a result of human activities presents society with increasing challenges over the coming decades. This course provides an authoritative assessment of the subject, including recent climate history, present-day variations and climate prediction, the ways in which ideas of climate change impact on the environment, society and human welfare, and the role of climate science in policy development. Its temporal focus spans the Holocene period through to the year 2100, with particular emphasis on contemporary issues. You are encouraged to interact with the course content through a series of student-led debates. The course covers the fundamentals of the changing climate, including the Earth’s energy balance, the general circulation of the atmosphere, causes of climate change and variability and the greenhouse effect. You will also learn about research methods, consisting of empirical approaches to climate reconstruction (e.g. tree ring analysis), data preparation and analysis, detection of anthropogenic changes and theoretical or model-based approaches to climate prediction. You will study the evidence and causes of recent climate change with a focus on the period from 1 AD to the present, including the atmospheric build-up of greenhouse gases and its consequences for the behaviour of the Earth system. The ways in which climate change is understood by societies and how it influences the development of policy and stimulates social action is a key component of the course. This covers the social history of climate change, climate risk perception, climate economics, mitigation and adaptation. This includes an assessment of the Framework Convention of Climate Change, prospects for emissions control at the national and international level, climate geo-politics and equity and reconciling development issues with climate change. Recent Dissertation Titles Mainstreaming climate change adaptation policies within the National Development Plan in Egypt UK tree phenology and its relationship to climate, past and present Local community responses to climate change in Chiang Mai, Thailand The cement industry and climate change - motivations, drivers and barriers for change “Studying the MSc in Climate Change at UEA was a great opportunity, both professionally and personally. Thanks to the experience, I found a job that really fulfils my expectations - and I also met some great people that have become some of my best friends.” Javier Sabogal Mogollón Former Student. "Spending a year studying with the experts in climate change at UEA and doing research for my dissertation has helped me perform better in my job. In addition, the relationships that I built during the course will be useful throughout my career working on climate change related issues in Egypt." Saber Osman Former Student. Entry Requirements Degree Subject: This programme is open to students with a good first degree in environmental science or a related discipline. Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) [-]

MSc Computing Science (Conversion Course)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

The MSc Computing Science is designed for the graduates of non-computing subjects to study computer technologies and skills to broaden their knowledge and to create new career prospects. It is a 12-month full-time course but may be studied part-time over 24 months. [+]

Why take this course? The MSc Computing Science is designed for the graduates of non-computing subjects to study computer technologies and skills to broaden their knowledge and to create new career prospects. It is a 12-month full-time course but may be studied part-time over 24 months. The training in this course not only teaches essential computing technical knowledge but also develops generic, transferable skills such as in communication, critical thinking and reasoning, problem solving, independent and team working and project management, with an aim to make the graduates of this course professionally competitive and flexible in a challenging and changing employment environment. Thus, the graduates can find employment in a wider range of careers in industry, business, public sectors, education and research institutions, working as diverse roles, ranging from, software developers, systems analysts, data analysts, IT managers, to independent consultants and academic or commercial researchers. Contact time Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects. Teaching and Assessment The course is delivered through lectures, seminars, directed studies and laboratory exercises, involving individual and team work. The assessments are carried out by coursework and/or written examinations. Students will learn modules including Research Techniques, Object-Oriented Programming (in java) and Software Development Methodologies with UML (Unified Modelling Language), Databases, and Internet and Multimedia Technology. These are all integrated in a Web based framework and students are grouped as teams to design and implement a substantial Web-based application. Students also take few optional modules, from the optional module list, which includes Data Mining, Applied Statistics, Networks, Systems Engineering, Systems Development, Artificial Intelligence, Image, and Speech and Language Processing. Starting in the Spring Semester to August, students will undertake an MSc Dissertation project on a topic that is usually related to the School's research areas, often in collaboration with an outside body. A project requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned from the course to carry out in-depth research on a topic, or develop a working system for various applications. Some project work may be done with companies and could involve paid placement at a company. Samples of recent dissertation titles: Hybrid positioning technologies for location based services with iPhone Predicting earthquakes with time series data mining An application of video shot detection Machine learning ensemble methods for identifying fake web sites Predicting the results of Tennis matches in real time Career opportunities As a graduate from this course, you will be able to find employment in private industry, public sector organisations and in research, working in diverse roles, ranging from independent consultants, software developers, systems analysts, data analysts and IT managers to academic or commercial researchers. I have found a job as a junior software developer and I am finding that the course has prepared me well for this. Once again I’d like to thank you for getting your students ready for the real-world. Rungano Mudimu, (former student). Entry Requirements Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent). at bachelor level. [-]

MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

This MSc programme combines investment in engineering with existing and substantial expertise across the Faculty of Science in the fields of applied mathematics, energy resources, environmental management and electronic engineering. [+]

This MSc programme combines investment in engineering with existing and substantial expertise across the Faculty of Science in the fields of applied mathematics, energy resources, environmental management and electronic engineering. The programme has been developed in partnership with industry and employers through close collaboration with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), aiming to address the national and regional shortage of high-calibre qualified graduates in the field of Energy Engineering. The Faculty of Science houses an impressive base of engineering knowledge, particularly in the Schools of Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Computing Sciences and Chemistry. We are internationally renowned for our research and teaching in many relevant fields, including Applied Mathematics, Computer Systems Engineering, Geophysical Sciences and Physical Oceanography and Physical Chemistry, to name but a few. This existing expertise will ensure that this MSc programme equips students with training in the fundamentals of engineering, along with its application to the energy industry. All students will be required to undertake a substantial engineering project as part of the MSc programme, and it is anticipated that many students will have the opportunity to undertake the practical elements of this project in an industrial setting within the energy sector. Accreditation has been awarded by the Energy Institute to allow graduates partial exemption towards CEng status. This programme will offer excellent career prospects to graduates. Employers have identified a shortage of engineers in the energy sector, so high calibre graduates from this programme will be in demand. “As a locally based company that employs engineering graduates to MSc level, we are delighted by the new courses which will be available through UEA. This is a great example of industry and academia working together through the Skills for Energy programme over the past three years to help design and deliver a Masters and Bachelors course to meet the needs of our regional industry. In the past we have always had to take graduates who have qualified elsewhere, unable to recruit from those trained within our local area. Now we have the opportunity to sponsor our BSc level graduates to complete MSc courses, without the need for this to be undertaken with Universities much further afield.” Paul Chilvers, Regional Manager, ODE “The East of England has a unique and fast-growing energy mix. We have leading-edge businesses in offshore gas, nuclear and renewables and a heritage of hands-on work in marine, agricultural and engineering sectors. For those who can add management skills to this tradition of hard work, the future is bright. What better place than the Energy Region to acquire these skills?” Douglas Nunn, Managing Director, Fraser Offshore Ltd “The UEA Masters and Bachelors programmes are just what the energy industry in the East of England needs. Because of the involvement of the industry from the outset of the design of the courses and support through their delivery, the results should be far more applicable to the industry’s needs and what we need in the graduates that we employ. They will underpin long term career opportunities by increasing the ability to work across the energy sectors in an area where the industry is vibrant and growing.” Blair Ainslie, MD, Seajacks (and Chairman of Skills for Energy) “The development of a local degree programme forms a key milestone for the energy industry within the region. It is our belief that through the diverse range of energy supply and ongoing investment within the region, the East of England can form an internationally recognised ‘hub’ for future energy production and storage. This programme forms a key part of the region’s ability to attract, develop and recruit the skills needed for the next generation of Oil and Gas production, providing opportunities for local people and organisations. Without such a programme, these goals would be harder to achieve”. John Sewell, Operations Manager, Perenco (and Vice Chairman of Skills for Energy) Entry Requirements Degree Subject: This programme is open to students with a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, which includes significant mathematical content. The minimum mathematical qualification will be A-level mathematics (or equivalent). Degree Classification: Good undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) Alternative Qualifications: Entry with other qualifications or experience will be considered if the necessary mathematical and technical expertise has been acquired elsewhere (e.g. relevant industrial experience). [-]

MSc Environmental Assessment and Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

The focus of environmental assessment has shifted from the project level, where the implications of individual project proposals are assessed, to the strategic level, where the implications of policies, plans and programmes are assessed. Strategic EA Practice varies around the world and at different levels of decision making. [+]

There has been a rapid growth in Environmental Assessment (EA) requirements around the world, at both project and strategic levels, which has generated a need for additional personnel. In Europe thousands of environmental assessments are carried out annually, and new legislation has placed obligations on many organisations to carry out strategic environmental assessments of their plans and programmes without the trained personnel to do so. EA places demands upon those involved in both planning and authorising development proposals. Scientists must use their technical expertise to provide inputs into EAs; lawyers must establish and operate the procedures; developers must formulate their proposals within the legislative framework; agencies must review the adequacy of EAs; and decision makers must learn how to respond to the increased breadth and depth of information on potential impacts. The focus of environmental assessment has shifted from the project level, where the implications of individual project proposals are assessed, to the strategic level, where the implications of policies, plans and programmes are assessed. Strategic EA Practice varies around the world and at different levels of decision making. Some jurisdictions focus on environmental aspects only, whereas others undertake sustainability appraisal which balances the environmental impacts alongside social and economic (including health) impacts. Whatever the focus, there is a need to establish groundrules for the scope of the assessment, and a need to apply suitable assessment methods to fully understand the potential outcomes of policy, plan or programme development. To meet the demand for skilled personnel in these areas, this is a vocational course designed to provide a rigorous and professional training in the broad range of skills required. It combines theory, much of which has been developed by internationally renowned staff based in the School, with practice through collaboration with local businesses. Recent Dissertation Titles Waste management in offices: a case study of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital An evaluation of perceptions of barriers to the utilisation of crop biomass as a source of renewable energy Determining significance in environmental impact assessment: A review of impacts upon the socio-economic and water environments “My MSc was recognised as a big advantage when I was applying for my first job in Environmental Consultancy. Being taught in a specialist department meant I gained directly relevant knowledge and skills which are invaluable in my working life.” Frances Kirwan Former Student. Entry Requirements Degree Subject: This programme is open to students with a first degree in a related discipline and/or relevant work experience. Related disciplines cross the sciences, social sciences and arts. Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) Alternative Qualifications: Please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of your background. [-]

MSc Environmental Sciences

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich

A major study area is the science of climate change and how we should adapt to increasing global temperatures and the rise in sea levels. It is the link between the study of natural processes, the effects of pollution, mismanagement and overexploitation of resources and other anthropogenic processes, and the desire to find ways to solve environmental problems that makes environmental sciences a particularly challenging and rewarding subject in the new millennium. [+]

MSc Environmental Sciences including Pathways in Sustainability In addition to our core MSc Environmental Sciences course, we also offer two Environmental Sciences Pathways that place particular focus on the issue of sustainability: Science, Society and Sustainability Ecology and Economics for Sustainability The School of Environmental Sciences boasts leading researchers in the field of environment and sustainability. Their research is interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise in conservation, economics, human geography and political science. Each Environmental Sciences Pathway incorporates a distinct set of modules that exploits our research strengths and is designed to equip students to deal with the various challenges that sustainability issues present. MSc Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences is the interdisciplinary study of atmospheric, oceanic, freshwater and terrestrial environments coupled with an understanding of the interactions with human society. A major study area is the science of climate change and how we should adapt to increasing global temperatures and the rise in sea levels. It is the link between the study of natural processes, the effects of pollution, mismanagement and overexploitation of resources and other anthropogenic processes, and the desire to find ways to solve environmental problems that makes environmental sciences a particularly challenging and rewarding subject in the new millennium. Training in environmental sciences equips you with useful transferable skills. The ability to collect, analyse, interpret and present often diverse datasets and to use analytical tools such as numerical models and geographic information systems (GIS) provides you with a number of technical and presentational skills that are valuable in the job market. Environmental management decisions are often complex involving an assessment of risk associated with different options and learning how to participate in such decision-making is also a valuable skill. The MSc in Environmental Sciences will offer you a range of subjects to choose from and a wide array of career options, both in postgraduate research and vocational employment. Our flexible course structure suits both students seeking to gain additional training in environmental sciences and non-environmental science graduates from related areas seeking to widen their environmental knowledge and skills. A modular structure allows these divergent aims to be met within the same programme. You can choose from several areas of expertise in the School including earth sciences, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, ecology, soil sciences and environmental economics and can integrate your knowledge with practical methods of environmental impact assessment and management. The course lasts 46 weeks, beginning at the start of the academic year in mid-September and finishing in mid-August. Approximately two-thirds of the time is devoted to taught courses and the remainder to an original research project. All courses are taught by faculty and research staff in the internationally renowned School of Environmental Sciences and its associated centres, which gives you the opportunity to learn from scientists actively involved in furthering knowledge in environmental sciences. Recent Dissertation Titles: Potential impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on recharge and saline intrusion in northeast Norfolk Application of traditional user’s knowledge to the management of tropical marine fisheries Economics of forest protected area management in Latin America. “My year as an Environmental Science student was a very positive experience. Teaching within the school at MSc level was consistent, supportive, fair and flexible to individual needs, as was the feedback and communication from both my advisor and project supervisor.” Jackie Barrow Former student. Entry Requirements Degree Subject: This programme is open to students with a first degree in geography, earth and environmental sciences or related disciplines. It is also suitable for graduates with single-discipline degrees in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, computing, engineering, economics and politics. Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) [-]

MSc Information Systems

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

This course focuses first, on systems development and business analysis: the technical and social issues involved in building and maintaining large systems. The second focus of the course is on business intelligence: the techniques and tools for evaluating, understanding and analysing information systems and the data they generate. [+]

Why take this course? The design, development and management of large-scale computerised information systems are critical to organisations in the 21st century. Managing, analysing and understanding the huge volumes of data that these systems generate are critical to the success of many organisations. This course focuses first, on systems development and business analysis: the technical and social issues involved in building and maintaining large systems. The second focus of the course is on business intelligence: the techniques and tools for evaluating, understanding and analysing information systems and the data they generate. The MSc Information Systems offers you a programme of study that allows you to develop: An understanding of the issues in designing and developing information systems, Understanding of contemporary approaches to analysis and design, Exposure to key areas of knowledge for developing, analysing and understanding systems, A broad understanding of the context and success factors for successful information systems projects. The course is a full-time, one-year taught programme that can also be taken part-time over two years. This programme has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation (Further Learning Element) as well as leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the (BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT) Contact time Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects. Teaching and Assessment You will take a number of taught modules covering technical and organisational aspects of the development, management and use of modern information systems. The choice of modules is made according to your academic background, experience and interests. You will also complete a dissertation on a subject in the field of information systems; this is often done in collaboration with a company or other organisation. Recent dissertation titles include: An enterprise ordering information system for a pharmaceutical supplier Collaborative development of web-based information resources Investigation into web accessibility and usability Context and preferences for mobile computing Stakeholder participation in web information systems Career opportunities As a graduate from this course you will be able to pursue a career in a number of fields, including software engineering, systems analysis, IT management or general management with a technical bias. You might also choose to continue your education through a PhD in order to pursue a career in industrial research or an academic career. Entry Requirements Degree Subject: Computer Science, Information Systems or a related subject. Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent). [-]

MSc Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Norwich + 1 more

This course offers an excellent platform to a career in data analysis and is taught by one of the leading groups in Data Mining research in the UK. [+]

Why take this course? This course offers an excellent platform to a career in data analysis and is taught by one of the leading groups in Data Mining research in the UK. The course has both theoretical and practical elements and students will get hands on experience on commercial data mining and statistical software. Students will have the opportunity to participate on commercial data mining projects as part of their assessment, gaining experience on all the stages of the KDD process. This programme has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation (Further Learning Element) as well as leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the (BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT) Career opportunities As a graduate from this course, you will be prepared for a career in data analysis. Job postings for data analysts, also called data scientists, are increasing rapidly (see graph taken from the LinkedIn Corp). The average salaries associated with jobs in Data Mining for the UK, during the 2010-2012 are between £44,000 and £52,000. The degree can also act as a very good platform for a research degree in KDD. What is KDD? All organisations depend on high quality information for making strategic decisions. The information is often derived from the rapidly growing mountains of raw data generated from the organisations’ computerised operational systems. This task requires a new generation of analysts with knowledge of effective and efficient data analysis methods and understanding of the process known as Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). The popularity of this area is driven by its tremendous application potential in areas as diverse as finance, medicine, biology and the environment.

 The course is a full-time, one-year taught programme, designed for advanced students and practitioners; it can also be taken part-time over two years. Why study this subject at UEA? The Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistics group at UEA comprises eight faculty members, eight research assistants and between 10 and 20 PhD students. As such, it is one of the largest such groups in the UK. Members of the group have made significant contributions in techniques for data mining and KDD in the last 10 years, in particular: KDD Methodologies; use of metaheuristics for rule and tree induction; all-rule induction; clustering techniques; feature subset selection; feature construction, as well as many applications in the financial services industry, medicine and telecommunications. Support for this research has been received from BBSRC, EPSRC and The Royal Society as well as numerous companies (including Alston Transport, Derbyshire Police, Lanner Group, Master Foods, MET Office, National Air Traffic Services, Aviva, Process Evolution Ltd., Simultec AG Zurich and Virgin Money). Master students will be part of our vibrant research community and will have very good opportunities for progression to PhD. Contact time Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects. Teaching and Assessment On this course you will take compulsory modules in research techniques, data mining, statistics and artificial intelligence as well as two optional modules from a range, which may include applications programming, database manipulation, information retrieval and NLP, or a research topic. Assessment will be conducted using a variety of formats including essays, project reports, presentations, and examinations. Some project work may be done with companies and could involve paid placement at a company. 

You can either choose from a number of related dissertation topics proposed by faculty or formulate your own project proposal. These projects often address real-world problems. Recent dissertation titles: Classification rule induction for atmospheric circulation patterns Keyword-based e-mail classification Data analysis of orthopaedic operations Entry Requirements Degree Subject: Computing, Mathematics or a related subject. Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent). [-]

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