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Nature, Society and Environmental Governance

12 months
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26940 GBP/year
19970 GBP/year
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About

The rate and complexity of environmental change poses profound economic, social and political challenges for contemporary society. Developing ways to address these challenges demands intellectual rigour, innovation and flexibility, as well as the capacity to think across existing disciplinary boundaries. Nature, Society and Environmental Governance programme is offered at the University of Oxford.

Overview

This Nature, Society and Environmental Governance programme offered at University of Oxford is grounded in the conviction that responses to global challenges requires researchers and practitioners trained in the social sciences, with the ability to think flexibly across disciplinary and sectorial boundaries. 

It will enable you to develop a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded understanding of the dynamic relations between environment, society and policy. 

This course intensively engages with ongoing theoretical debates in human geography, political geography, political ecology and science and technology studies. Students should expect to engage with theoretical material and deconstruct some of the basic assumptions underpinning terms like ‘society’, ‘governance’, ‘territory’, ‘politics’ and ‘nature’ in order to develop conceptual tools to understand contemporary global change. 

This is not an ‘environmental policy’ programme – it is a programme that will prepare you to grapple with contemporary global challenges from the perspectives of critical social theory informed by a range of disciplines.

Supervision

The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the School of Geography and the Environment and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the School of Geography and the Environment.

Graduate destinations

NSEG alumni are pursuing careers with a wide range of organisations, with a third or more entering MPhil or doctoral programmes in Oxford and elsewhere.

Examples of the organisations include government departments (eg US Department of Energy, National Water Services Agency Singapore), non-governmental organisations (eg OXFAM, Birdlife International), business organisations (eg Confederation of British Industry, Financial Services Authority) and international agencies (eg Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations Environment Programme).

The department's Alumni Office helps alumni keep in touch with each other and organises alumni events.

Programme Structure

The specific objectives of the course are:

  • to provide broad and critical engagements with key debates in human geography, political ecology and the environmental social sciences, focussing on the relations between nature and society, science and politics, and urban natures
  • to foster an understanding of conceptual tools in human geography and how to apply them to the challenges of real-world environmental governance
  • to develop your conceptions of, and skills in, the research design and methods in the contemporary environmental social sciences, providing critical foundations for further study by research
  • to integrate you into world-leading research in the School of Geography and the Environment by providing core teaching and supervision by research-active staff
  • to enhance your personal and professional development.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • CV/résumé
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement: A maximum of 700 words
  • Written work: Two essays of a maximum of 2,000 words each
  • References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, all of which must be academic

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26940 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26940 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    19970 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19970 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

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Funding

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