Taught course

Environment and Development

University of Leeds · School of Earth and Environment

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in social sciences such as (but not limited to) international development, geography, politics, sociology, environmental management, sustainability, in environmental science or in a related subject.

Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Sustainable development and environmental management are two key challenges faced by the Global South. It’s a topical and fast-growing field — with a lot of opportunities to make a real difference in the world.

Our Environment and Development MSc will give you the platform to investigate the debates and challenges associated with international development and how to achieve environmentally, socially and economically sustainable solutions for the future.

As part of our Environment and Development MSc degree, you'll be provided with high-quality interdisciplinary training in the operations of the Global South, alongside teaching in environmental policy, political ecology and global inequalities.

Led by the Sustainability Research Institute, this Masters degree has a strong focus on sustainable development, bringing together a wide range of expertise from the School of Earth and Environment, School of Politics and International Studies and industry partners. You’ll also have the chance to meet and build your own links in industry through our connections with key players in environment and development worldwide.

Once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the extensive knowledge, skills and practical experience sought after by both the public and private sectors to deliver solutions in critical areas like sustainable economic development and environmental conservation.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Learn the latest most pressing environmental challenges from the research conducted across five globally-renowned research institutes right here in our School of Earth and Environment which feeds directly into the course.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in key areas like global inequalities and development and environmental policy.
  • Tailor the course to suit your interests with industry-relevant optional modules in climate and development, environmental economics, GIS, ecological economics and opportunities for experiential learning in the field.
  • Conduct your own significant individual dissertation project, taking advantage of our collaborative links with sustainability, environment and development organisations across the UK and internationally.
  • Develop your own links in industry, utilising our network of partners throughout the course with the potential to work with companies, UK-based charities, international development organisations, government departments and universities.
  • Experience expert practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of researchers covering the social sciences, economics, development studies, environmental management and conservation and the natural sciences from within the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Politics and International Studies.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 8109