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Master of Science (by research)

PICTUREThe programme of study focuses mainly on individual research and candidates will be encouraged to apply technology tools to model, predict and forecast particular behaviour, phenomena and policies which are in line with the Institute’s objectives.

Candidates will be expected to carry out a thorough literature review and write up a dissertation to demonstrate the importance and relevance of his/her research to the area of study as well as compile data sets, compute statistics and interpret results using technology. This course will enable the candidate to report on subject knowledge in his/her dissertation as well as examinations linked to the taught component of this programme of study. These include two study units one dealing with Research Methods and another dealing with the Principles of Sustainability.

Through the development of research in new and innovative areas of study, candidates will be able to develop intellectually in niche areas and contribute to the research areas of interest to the Institute and transfer skills and knowledge to the industry and/or government.

Students will be expected to demonstrate key skills such as the handling of spatial and/or non-spatial data, academic report writing and time management. They will also be expected to use case studies in their research and model performance, trends and forecasts of particular phenomena. Students will develop skills in application or development of technology to support policy-making and strategy, which skills are currently in high demand in the industry.

Interested candidates that wish to apply for the M.Sc. by Research should prepare a proposal following the Institute Research Guidelines. Click here for Guidelines.

Interested participants are to refer to the University website for online application and the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development for more information.

The Graduate Research Log Book

Students following a post-graduate research degree programme with the Institute for Sustainable Development are required to use the Graduate Research Log Book to monitor progress on their studies. Click here for a copy of the Graduate Research Log Book. Part-time students can download a copy of the Graduate Research Log Book here. This is only for students that are pursuing their MSc on a part-time basis.

The Graduate Log Book provides a framework for recording details related to the individual's graduate research, scheduled supervisory meetings and activities concerning the development of academic and key skills. The log will also help individuals to self evaluate and plan their development of academic and discipline specific skills. The log is intended to record general academic and personal progress, and will be used by the Board of Studies and Board of Examiners to assess the progress and development of your studies. The log is also useful in keeping a tab on the contacts made throughout the research period and the departments, offices and officials visited in obtaining information, building contacts and searching in libraries. It will also be an indispensable guide to formulate one's CV, once studies are completed.

The log book is an important part of the student’s development. If lost students need to notify their supervisors and the Institute as soon as possible.

Bench fees may be applicable on a case by case basis.

Course Structure

Year 1

ISD 5101 Research Methods
ISD 5102 Principles of Sustainability
ISD 5100 Dissertation

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Dissertation Guidelines

To download a copy of the dissertation guidelines please click here.

Timetables 2016/2017

Semester 1

ISD5101 Research Methods

Schedule of lectures 


Semester 2

ISD5102 Principles of Sustainability



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