Taught course

Society, Environment and Global Change

Swansea University · School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics

Entry requirements

You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related social-science subject or hold relevant work experience. Background in Geography is not a requirement, and we welcome applications from candidates with backgrounds in the Humanities and/or Sciences that have demonstrated an interest in the programme's themes.

If you hold a qualification from a non-UK institution please see our academic entry requirements - Country-specific Information for European Applicants 2019 and Country-specific Information for International Applicants 2019.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at: www.swansea.ac.uk/english-tests.

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

As well as academic qualifications, Admissions decisions may be based on other factors, including (but not limited to): the standard of the research synopsis/proposal, performance at interview, intensity of competition for limited places, and relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This Master’s programme will offer social and cultural perspective on questions of environmental and other global change taking place in the world around us. It will offer students a range of theoretical approaches and methodological tools from human geography and the social sciences to learn how to address multiple and cross-cutting crises, ranging from migration to climate change, human security to global inequality.

The programme offers a route into studying the social and cultural dynamics of pressing global issues (e.g. climate change, political shifts, urbanisation, inequalities). It is suitable for students who are about to graduate, or who have recently gained a degree in a related subject. It is also suitable for mature students with professional experience, keen to enhance their knowledge and understanding of real-world issues.

Graduates from this programme will go on to work in careers including with the civil service, non-governmental international organisations, charity sector, think tanks and media, and in fields including social research, sustainability, the environment, inequality, education and urban regeneration.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

If you're a UK or EU student starting a master’s degree at Swansea University, you may be eligible to apply for Government funding to help towards the cost of your studies. To find out more, please visit our postgraduate loans page.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Academi Hywel Teifi at Swansea University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol offer a number of generous scholarships and bursaries for students who wish to study through the medium of Welsh or bilingually. For further information about the opportunities available to you, visit the Academi Hywel Teifi Scholarships and Bursaries page.


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Swansea University Postgraduate
+44 (0)1792 295358