A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant work experience, a strong personal statement and supportive reference.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
- IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Months of entry
The MSc in Environment and Development (E&D) is an interdisciplinary programme exploring the inter-dependencies between pressing environmental concerns and development pressures. It explores these themes, the disputes around it and practical issues from an informed theoretical perspective, with an abiding concern for social justice claims. Conventional academic approaches focus on development or the environment as separate categories, while this programme looks at socioeconomic development as a socio-ecological and politicoecological process.
In particular this E&D programme focuses on:
- grounding students in an awareness of the contested development paradigm;
- inculcating an awareness of economic, political and cultural links between environmental change and social inclusion.
Those issues will be studied at the local and national level, but also taking into account the global scale of environmental and development agendas. In many cases the root causes of inequality and poverty, both in the Global South and in the Global North, are driven by regional or global economics far beyond the borders of a particular country, village or region.
The programme will teach you to critically evaluate the multiple dimensions of the relationship between development and the environment. Teaching, fieldwork, group and practical exercises will use examples of relevance to Northern and Southern countries.
The breadth and depth of the School of GeoSciences enables students to explore a variety of environment and development issues relevant to the programme: e.g. biophysical dynamics, food insecurity, environmental governance, river basin management, cultural studies, climate change, multiple scarcities and inequalities, gender and development,etc. Students are challenged to cultivate research thinking that is cross-cutting and globally relevant, but also grounded in cases that focus on particular issues, places or systems, providing insights to effective solutions.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Development Academy.
This MSc consists of two semesters of taught courses. Students take two compulsory and four option courses, each a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits, followed by an individual dissertation.
Compulsory courses typically will be:
- Understanding Environment and Development
- Development: Principles and Practices
- Research and Practice: Fieldwork
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:
- Anthropology of Global Health
- Anthropology and Environment
- Applications in Ecological Economics
- Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
- Case Studies in Sustainable Development
- Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law
- Critical Perspectives on mental health & well-being in the global South
- Displacment and Development
- Economic issues in Public Policy
- Ecosystem Services 1: Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
- Energy & Society
- Energy Policy and Politics
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- EU and National Climate Change Law
- Forests and Environment
- Foundations in Ecological Economics
- Framework to assess Food Security
- Gender and Development
- Global Environment and Society
- Global Environmental Politics
- Governing Mineral Extraction in Africa
- Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
- Integrated Resource Planning
- International Political Economy
- International Security
- Interpreting Development: Institutions and Practices
- Interrelationships in Food Systems
- Land Use/Environmental Interactions
- Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
- Marine Systems and Policies
- Participation in Policy and Planning
- Political Ecology
- Principles of Environmental Sustainability
- Principles of Geographical Information Science
- Research Design in Human Geography
- Soil Protection and Management
- South Asia: Roots of Poverty and Development
- Sustainability of Food Production
- The International Politics of Money
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Water Resource Management
Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.
This programme is suitable for students seeking roles within international and national development agencies, thinktanks, NGOs, environmental consultancies or the private sector, or those going on to PhD research.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Environment and Development has historically secured several Head of School Scholarships. Details of these and other current opportunities may be found on our website. Deadlines apply so early application is encouraged
For information about funding opportunities visit our GeoSciences Scholarships webpage
Or visit the University's Scholarships and Student Finance Office.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time24 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- MSc Programme Secretary Paula Escobar
- +44 (0)131 650 2543