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The MA in Architecture and Urbanism is a taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.
This course is jointly accredited by the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) with cross-disciplinary connections between the School of Environment, Education and Development (UoM), the Manchester School of Architecture (MMU) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU). This course can be approved as prior learning for the MSA RIBA Part 2 accredited MArch in certain circumstances.Click here for more information.
Aigerim Kussainova, MSc Human Resource Development
I graduated from one of the leading Universities of Kazakhstan - The Eurasian National University (2008). My Bachelor degree in Regional Studies (International Relations) and six years work experience in NGO sector in the field of training and leadership development helped me to get the "Bolashak" scholarship. Human resource development initiatives in Kazakhstan are increasingly being introduced and developed through the government programmes, and the "Bolashak" scholarship is one of these initiatives. With the understanding of Kazakhstan's main development priorities, I decided to study MSc Human Resource Development at The University of Manchester, within the Institute for Development, Policy and Management (IDPM). It provides excellent resources, studio facilities, workshops, and creates a warm and friendly atmosphere to encourage and facilitate productive research and study.
The Human Resource Development module guided by the talented and experienced scholars is exciting and interesting. Every lecture is a good opportunity to understand the globalisation processes and critically analyze the policy initiatives and development agenda associated with the well-being of people. Core models cover various significant areas and themes such as globalisation, HRD strategic interventions at organization and societal levels, Knowledge Management, Organization Development, Training and Development, Managing Quality, and Politics and Development.
The most valuable experience for me was the understanding of the importance of the gender development issues in developing countries. Through the process of globalisation, the world has become more open, more diverse, and closer, and as a result, gender inequality is not just an issue for feminists. Gender inequality is not about the development of women, it is about the development of the society. Consequently, gender development strategies as part of broader issues such as poverty problems and sustainable development are one of the key components for the prosperity of all nations within the global arena.
The encouraging environment of the school, and the courses offered by the programme have provided tremendous opportunities for me to develop and prepare myself for the challenges that lie at the beginning of my career. I strongly believe that knowledge gained from the University of Manchester will be useful for the developing country I belong to and will be a great advantage to my personal and career development.
Alexia Rogers-Wright, Environmental Governance MSc
I did my undergraduate degree in Geography at Manchester and loved the city and the department so wanted to stay on afterwards. I have always been interested in the interactions between the human and physical world, issues like climate change, conservation, sustainable development and flood risk. I have also always been interested in international development and global environmental governance issues.
I chose this particular course because it allowed a large amount of freedom for students to choose their own modules from almost anywhere (within reason) in the university (which is huge). This meant that this flexibility would allow me to follow my interests in both of these fields, rather than being forced to choose one over the other.
The course has definitely lived up to my expectations: I received a good grounding in the basics theories upon which environmental governance is based, as well as being able to explore the subjects I enjoyed in more detail.
The core modules were assessed in a variety of ways (presentations, seminar contribution, teamwork, problem-based learning) to help students build on all their communication skills, rather than just essay writing. This forced me to think about information and problems in a different way, which kept me on my toes!
I have just started an ESRC CASE PhD at the University of Hull, looking at the flood risk in the city and the flood event that took place in summer 2007, in which Hull was the worst hit area in the country.
The core modules I followed as part of the course covered all the major theories and schools of thought in Environmental Governance and prepared me very well for this - I frequently find myself referring back to my notes now!
I would recommend the course because of the flexibility it offers students to pursue their own interests over the course of the year. The standard of all teaching was excellent and so was the atmosphere amongst the students.
Jessica Hawkins, PhD in Development Policy and Management
I am currently in the second year of a PhD in Development Policy and Management in IDPM, having previously studied an MA here in International Development: Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction and a BA in European Studies with German and Italian at Lancaster University. My research is focused on the application of a theory of social power to Ugandan state formation processes, providing a macro-historical sociological study of state development. My research will involve the use of secondary sources and archives both here in the UK and also in Uganda, spending around four months on fieldwork during summer 2012. In preparation for my empirical work I have been able to take modules on research methods including Working with Memory, Archival Research and Elite Interviews. As part of the overall personal development process for the PhD, I have also taken a number of additional skills training courses including Graduate Teacher Training and thesis management.
Since commencing the PhD, I have had the opportunity to teach BA and MA tutorials in IDPM and in the Sociology department, which has developed my academic skills for the future. The PhD process has also enabled me to become part of the wider research community at Manchester, such as being a member of specific research groups and taking part in workshops and conferences; giving me the opportunity to gain feedback on my work from academics and fellow PhD students other than my supervisors. Furthermore, these opportunities have improved my confidence when talking about my research.
The PhD process at Manchester is well structured, providing students with clear goals and targets along with the necessary supervisory support, whilst at the same time, enabling us to follow our own research agendas and interests, within the broad remit of the institute.
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