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MPhil in Anthropocene Studies

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    11 months

Course summary

This MPhil offers an 11-month programme of advanced study and research into the challenges to the contemporary world represented by the idea of the Anthropocene. The course is intended for students with a good first degree in geography or a range of related disciplines.

The aims of the course are:

(i) to enable students to acquire a critical and well-informed understanding of the contested geopolitics and knowledge politics of the idea of the Anthropocene and of its provocation to re-interpret and re-imagine relationships between humans, non-humans and physical processes;

(ii) to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop advanced subject expertise and transferable skills relevant to their research interests and career aspirations;

(iii) to equip students to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively. Students develop their skills of assessing contrasting theories, explanations and policies; collecting, critically judging, evaluating and interpreting varied forms of evidence; combining and interpreting different types of evidence to tackle specific problems; and recognising the ethical and moral dimensions of study.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Students from this course will:

  • acquire a systematic understanding of knowledge about the idea of the Anthropocene, and a critical awareness of the challenges and creative potential of the idea;
  • gain a comprehensive understanding of techniques of analysis, interpretation and communication applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;
  • learn how to apply knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in this field;
  • gain a conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the area of Anthropocene Studies, to evaluate methodologies and, where appropriate, to propose and test new hypotheses.

Application deadline

02 June 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 23,184overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Cambridge

  • University League Table

    1st

  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 29

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    228 100%

    1st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%

    4th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

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