ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Environmental Sciences

Overview

This MRes Environmental Sciences programme aims to produce graduates specialised in different areas within the environmental sciences. Modules will cover the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills relevant to the field. The combination of these modules and a large research project will produce a coherent and comprehensive degree. Students entering this programme can

  • Gain in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge and necessary cognitive, practical, communication, and professional skills for future career development
  • Work with a number of energetic, collegial, and intellectual colleagues from multiple countries
  • Take advantage of over 20 million RMB cutting edge research equipment and over 2000 m2 lab and outdoor research space on campus
  • Produce a high-quality, potentially publishable thesis to increase the competitivity during PhD applications and job hunting.
  • Earn a globally recognized master degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Potential research areas include (but not limited to):

Ecology

  • Biodiversity-Mechanism-Human influences
  • Landscape changes-Urbanization-Rural farming
  • Community ecology-species interactions-trophic dynamics

Environmental Pollution

  • Soil nutrients and pollution-interactions and bioavailability
  • Air pollution-aerosol processes-air quality-human health
  • Pollutants across interfaces-soil/air/biota/humans

Knowledge and skills

This programme will provide students with the following:

  • In-depth knowledge of the field of environmental sciences;
  • Cognitive skills required for research, such as evaluating existing studies, identifying research questions, deriving hypotheses, choosing proper research methods, and interpreting and presenting data concisely;
  • Advanced practical skills, such as data analysis, instrument and equipment operation, questionnaire/experimental design, and project management; and
  • Communication and professional skills, such as scientific writing and presentation, career development, manuscript preparation, journal selection, peer review systems, and health and safety awareness.

Careers

Graduates from this programme are well prepared to pursue a PhD at both domestic or international institutions. Other career opportunities include research scientists at research institutions, policymakers at governmental agencies, environmental educators at non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and environmental consultants in environment-related industries.

Careers