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In Awe of the Abyss: Conservation, Culture, and the Deep Ocean - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Dr L Publicover
    Dr K Hendry
  • Application Deadline
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
The deep ocean was until recently entirely inaccessible to humans, and featured in the popular imagination more as a site of imagination and metaphor than of human activity. Today, however, we can visit, study, and exploit the deep ocean; astonishing images of the weird and wonderful ecosystems are transmitted into our living rooms through documentaries and in popular science, and advances in engineering have made possible the extraction of materials from the seafloor and seabed. This project is concerned with the intersection of oceanography and the humanities, with an emphasis on conservation. Possible research questions include: How do we think about the deep sea as a resource space? How might popular literature and other media -- science fiction narratives, for example -- have shaped our attitudes towards the deep sea? How have such attitudes developed in response to scientific discoveries, and how might they shape future policy?

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will have the opportunity to carry out a cross-discipline research project drawing on aspects of literature, history and media, while also exploring the science of the deep sea through close ties with marine scientists.

About You
You will have skills in either the humanities (historical studies or literary studies) or scientific writing, with a strong interest in marine subjects and science communication. There are no specific undergraduate degree requirements, and you could come from a background in either humanities or scientific subjects.

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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