- You will find out about a wide range of environmental justice struggles amongst
pollution impacted communities.
- You will undertake practical audits into sustainability and analyse the outcomes
- You will learn the analytical approached of political ecology to interpret particular socio-environmental problems.
** We are unable to offer this programme full time in academic year 2013/14, however some modules from the programme are available as an associate student or studying part time. Please also see programmes offered by International Health (IIHD), in particular Social Justice, Development and Health.
This course is aimed at people active, working or hoping to work in the voluntary, representative and public sector; professionals and volunteers in these sectors who wish to strengthen their understanding of environmental justice; and activists in communities and campaigning organisations. This course will be of interest to people who are working or wish to work in the public and social sectors, trades unions, voluntary and campaigning organisations or social enterprises. It has been developed because practitioners and activists have expressed a need for serious academic reflection on their work, and the requirement for university academics to be accountable to movements for environmental justice.
The course offers an opportunity to reflect on the theory and practice of environmental justice and political ecology, and in particular how this relates to sustainable development, public health and issues of social justice in relation to class, race and gender. You will be expected to be involved, as active citizens, in social or environmental justice related activities in order to relate theory to your practice and experience. The curriculum has been put together in collaboration with experienced activists and social movement organisations. Students are encouraged to
learn from their own experience of injustice, of implementing policy or campaigning for social and environmental justice. In addition to the opportunity for academic study, students will be equipped with methods for critical interrogation of theory in the light of their own collective practice.
MSc (180 credits) PgDip (120 credits) PgCert (60 credits)
Block attendance at QMU
with online support. There may be some
flexibility in delivery of some modules on
the basis of demand
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2.5 years or up to 7 years
September or January
The deadline for all overseas applicants who require a visa to study in the UK should apply no later than the 30th June 2014.
Teaching, learning and assessment:
On campus teaching blocks comprise group work, participatory education, reflection on practice and independent and collective learning. You will be required to conduct some off-campus investigations and may attend site visits and hear guest speakers from social justice campaigns. Work may be set and contact maintained between teaching blocks through online discussions. Assessment methods are designed to be relevant to students context and include strategy reports, projects, group presentations and critical essays. There is no placement requirement for this course but there is a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice. Students are are therefore required to have some participation in organisations or activities related to environmental or social justice. Assistance in identifying such an opportunity will be provided where necessary.
Teaching hours and attendance:
Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.
Links with industry/professional bodies:
This course builds on previous collaborations between Queen Margaret University and Friends of the Earth Scotland.
A UK Honours degree or equivalent from a relevant subject area (eg Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Environmental studies or Social Sciences). Applications are also encouraged from individuals without a degree but who have experience of professional or voluntary work or activism in social justice issues, who are able to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level with appropriate support.
Where your Honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.
Home/EU - full-time:
Home/EU - part-time:
£430 per 15
Home/EU - part-time, dissertation:
International - full-time:
International - part-time:
£1130 per 15
International - part-time dissertation:
- More information about scholarships for international students
Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International
section of the website.
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section of the website. -
Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a
10% discount on the published fees.
Sources of Funding:
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section of the website.
-Sustainable Development in Practice and Theory
-Social Movements and Protest
-Dissertation (MSc only)
Plus 2 elective modules from:
-Poverty and Social Exclusion
-Gender Justice: Concepts and Claims
-Engendering Policies and Practice/
-Queer Theory, Gender and Sexual Politics
-Gender, Health and Development/
o-ther suitable modules
All modules= 15 credits each
Dissertation =60 credits
The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.
It is expected that the course will be of interest to students who are working or wish to work in the public and social sectors, trades unions, voluntary and campaigning organisations or social enterprises, in the UK or abroad.