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Assessing Sustainability Impact of Software Systems - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Dr R Chitchyan
  • Application Deadline
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
Software, which pervades more and more areas of societal life, has become the invisible driver of our business practices, home routines, and leisure activities. But what effect does software have on sustainability: does it relive or exacerbate resource overconsumption, energy waste, societal isolation, personal stress?
This project will design empirical studies to assess the sustainability impact of a software system, consider the suitable quantification metrics for the environmental, societal, economic, and political impact of software systems, and undertake evaluation for a few sample case studies to demonstrate the proposed impact assessment approach.

Why Choose this Opportunity
By undertaking this project you will:
+ have an opportunity to engage inform Software Engineering discipline on the sustainability impact of the software products (through dissipation of own work via conferences and workshop publications);
+ work as a part of an international research team, participating in meetings and collaborations across the world;
+ co-author research paper and reports (and, as appropriate, attend international conferences to present own work).
About You
Background in Software Engineerings is advantageous (i.e., knowledge of programming languages, and ability to read/understand software design and requirements documentation).

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

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