MRes Climate Change Adaptation

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Application deadline: August
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
    24 months part-time
    36 months distance learning, part-time
  • Award: Athena Swan Silver Award for supporting women in engineering

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  • for graduates with an engineering education, and employees of public
  • for private sector companies who wish to upgrade their skills to be able to tackle the complex issues relating to the current climate crisis, circular economy goals, and the design of engineering options for mitigating environmental impacts and promoting sustainable development

Hear about what's taking place in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering from Professor Zoe Shipton, Head of Department.

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Why this course?

This one-year MRes in Climate Change Adaptation aims to provide advanced study in key issues related to climate change and global warming, and how infrastructure will need to adapt.

The course links with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular the different indicators associated with SDG13 on Climate Action. The course is largely research and project-based but there is also a taught element to it.

This course is designed to cater mainly for graduates with an engineering education, and employees of public and private sector companies who wish to upgrade their skills to be able to tackle the complex issues relating to the current climate crisis, circular economy goals, and the design of engineering options for mitigating environmental impacts and promoting sustainable development.

The course is ideal for you if:

  • you're looking for an alternative to an MSc
  • you're interested in carrying out shorter research projects
  • you wish to tailor your studies to suit your own research interests and career objectives

An MRes takes one year full-time or two years part-time to complete. Part-time study is only available to UK students.

You can also study this course part-time through online distance learning, over 36 months, offering a flexible mode of study (starting academic year 2020-21).

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What you’ll study

This degree combines a number of subjects including:

  • climate change
  • sustainability
  • circular economy
  • air pollution
  • human health 
  • environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • strategic environmental assessment (SEA) 

You'll complete six taught modules. Four classes are compulsory and you then choose two optional.

Work placement

As part of the class Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry, you can apply to work with industry projects. One of the projects is the Carbon Clinic. This is an innovative collaborative project between the Carbon Trust and the University. It aims to provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to reduce their carbon footprint and give you practical experience on environmental responsibilities within a business.

MRes thesis

You can choose from a wide range of topics. Supervisors will be chosen from one of our three main research groups:

Learning & teaching

This course is delivered via a mixture of lectures, tutorial, practical laboratories and research seminars.

Assessment

You'll be assessed via a mixture of written assignments, formal exams, lab-based assessments, poster presentations and team projects.

The final MRes thesis is assessed orally in a viva voce exam.

Facilities

You'll have access to laboratory facilities providing the hands-on experience essential for a multidisciplinary approach to the design and development of engineering projects adapted to the challenges of climate change.

Our £6 million state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are well-equipped with high-technological instrumentation and available space to investigate:

  • environmental & molecular microbiology
  • environmental chemistry
  • analytical chemistry
  • geomechanics & soil quality
  • structural design & material science

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Industry links

We have strong industrial links and an active Industrial Advisory Board which contributes to curriculum design and the overall student experience.

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Course content

* Denotes classes that are available for distance learning. Please note: not all electives are available for distance learning study mode.

Research Protocols for Science & Engineering*

In this class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, students will acquire familiarity with, and practice of, research techniques, and examine different ways of, and gain experience in, presenting research results.

The class discusses the key principles, and practical exercises, on both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including survey methods, interviewing techniques, use of census data and statistical methods. The class also includes discussion of ethical issues.

Finally, there is some research project-related teaching on choosing a research question and a research method, and writing a research proposal.

Air Pollution, Climate Change & Human Health*

In this class, run by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, you'll gain the knowledge and skills on atmospheric pollution and climate change impacts, ranging from local to global scales. The class includes a focus on the assessment and management of environmental impacts on people through the interface between environmental science and engineering activities that mitigate environmental risks. Learning objectives are assessed through a formative portfolio covering the main syllabus areas. Student interaction is encouraged throughout the class through structured feedback sessions, directed reading, student-led question sessions & directed questions sessions.

Circular Economy & Transformations Towards Sustainability*

The class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, introduces circular economy as a systems-based concept in which production is designed to be restorative and resilient, while waste is designed out of the system. Circular economy is thus featured as a reaction to the conventional dispensation of the linear ‘make-use-dispose’ economy, and as a framework for the development and management of a sustainable, ‘waste-as-a-resource’ economic system. The implications of the concept for research, policy and industrial practice are also explored as these relate to innovation and knowledge production; social trends and consumer behaviour; conservation and sustainable use of energy and material resources; climate change and environmental sustainability; and design of business models for green enterprise development and for sustainable growth and employment generation.

Environmental Impact Assessment*

This class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, provides an introduction to the methods used to predict environmental impacts, and evaluates how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions. The class draws principally on the UK planning context of environmental impact assessment of individual projects (project EIA), but also takes account of EIA experience in other countries and international organisations. Students are also introduced to key principles of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

Elective classes

You can choose your optional classes from a wide range of postgraduate classes on offer, as approved by MRes Course Director.

Our MRes students also have the option of taking Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry. This module allows you to gain credits for work carried out with, at or for an external organisation. Approval for students taking this module is done on a case-by-case basis by the MRes Course Director. Student participation is selected by competitive application and CV.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A first or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK institution (or overseas equivalent).

We accept students from a wide variety of disciplines including (but not limited to):

  • civil and environmental engineering
  • earth sciences
  • geography
  • biology
  • environmental management
  • bioscience
  • chemistry and chemical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • business
  • computer sciences
  • law
English language requirements

For candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of written and spoken English are an IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). Applicants with slightly lower scores have the opportunity to attend the University's Pre-Sessional English classes to bring them up to the required level.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£8,100

Rest of UK

£9,250

International

£20,900

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £3,000 towards your tuition fees.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time MSc programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

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Careers

An MRes will significantly enhance your CV and improve future employment prospects.

During your studies you'll develop a range of transferable skills that are relevant to careers in industry, academia and the public sector.

In addition, our MRes will develop your communication skills, critical analysis and presentation skills as well as giving you experience of conference attendance and working with large bodies of complex material. An MRes can also be used as a stepping stone for students wishing to continue to an MPhil or PhD, either as a precursor or initial component of the research.

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We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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An MRes is a postgraduate research degree but, as it has a taught component, students need to apply by August (to start in September).

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Contact us

Faculty of Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484

Email: contact-civeng@strath.ac.uk