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MSc Environment and Development

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in the Department of Geography and Environment, but it combines courses offered both by this Department and the Department of International Development.

This programme is in principle open to all students independent of their first degree, but preferably you will have studied within the social sciences. You should have the equivalent of at least a high upper second class honours or, in American terminology, a 3.5 grade point average. We will consider appropriate work experience in addition to a sound academic background.

It is intended for those with a primary interest in the linkage between environment and development, a topic that has become more and more important in recent years. It provides students with a rigorous training in the social science dimensions of environmental policy, management and evaluation within a developing country context. Both environment and development studies are multi-disciplinary by nature, and the programme seeks to integrate key concepts and perspectives from a range of core social science disciplines. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the issues involved in sustainable development both from a theoretical and practical perspective.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • A high quality academic training in the field of environment and development.
  • A unique interdisciplinary approach towards this increasingly important field, drawing on the wide ranging disciplinary expertise and experience of staff in both the Department of Geography and Environment and the Department of International Development.
  • The opportunity to select from a range of options allowing you to shape your studies to your needs.
  • Studying with an exciting group of international students with a diversity of academic and professional backgrounds.

Teaching is mainly through lectures and graduate level seminars. It is possible to study this programme part-time over two years. You will be assessed on a combination of unseen examinations and research essays depending on the courses taken. In general minimum teaching contact for a full-unit course is usually 40 hours, and 20 hours for a half-unit course. 

You have the opportunity to attend a weekly lecture series in the Department of International Development that brings to the School prominent scholars and practitioners involved in research and practice. In addition, there are various visiting lectures offered by the Department of Geography and Environment.

The MSc Environment and Development requires you to take one compulsory core course and three optional courses.

Compulsory course

  • Environment and Development covers environment-economy linkages, the concept of sustainable economic development and environmental growth and the resource curse.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of three units from the Department of Geography and Environment and Department of International Development options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates enter a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, research, consultancy and international firms.


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Application code: F9UB (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2012: 48/302

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline, preferably social science. Will consider appropriate work experience in addition to sound academic background (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £11,568; overseas £17,880

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|). MSc Environment and Development is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. For consideration for ESRC funding 10 January 2014

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