The Environment and Development MA/MSc course is designed to provide you with an advanced theoretical understanding of the relationship between development problems and environmental issues, grounded in differing regional contexts across the global South.  

This study pathway provides a framework for appraising the understanding of environmental
issues and development problems in Asia, Africa and Latin America; and encourages you to look beyond conventional North-originated perspectives and assumptions through regional case studies.

  • Academic staff have first-hand experience of environmental and developmental issues in the world’s underdeveloped countries.
  • Opportunities to carry out original fieldwork either in the UK or overseas for your dissertation.
  • Excellent tutorial support, extensive programme-specific interactive teaching and regular classroom discussions.

Study Details:

MA/MSc One year FT, two years PT

Module Details:

Required Modules

  • Dissertation in Environment and Development (60 credits)
  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • Development and Environmentalism in the ‘South’ (20 credits)
  • Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’ (20 credits)

MSc students are also required to take:

  • Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)

If you are a part-time student, during your first year you should plan to take the required modules Practising Social Research, Development and Environmentalism in the ‘South’ and Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’. During the second year you will take Dissertation in Environment and Development.

Optional Modules

Students are also required to take a 20 credit module. Module choices may typically include:

  • Analysing African Cities: Globalisation and Urban Livelihoods (20 credits)
  • Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits)
  • Disasters and Development (20 credits)
  • Community, Vulnerability and Disaster Risk (20 credits) (prerequisite: Disasters and Development [offered T1], either through taking the module fully or through auditing)
  • Tourism, Conservation and the Environment (20 credits)
  • Climate Change and Culture (20 credits)
  • Climate: Science and History (20 credits)
  • A Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (20 credits)

You will then study further modules to bring your total up to 180-190 credits for the degree from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Any of the modules listed above
  • Any Level 7 (master’s) modules offered in the Department of Geography
  • Any Level 7 (master’s) modules offered in:
  • The India Institute on the MA Modern India
  • The China Institute on the MSc China & Globalisation and MSc Governance in Contemporary China
  • The Brazil Institute on the MA Brazil in Global Perspective
  • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 modules offered across the university, subject to approvals.

Student Destinations

Students on this programme have gone on to: undertake further graduate study as research students; work as research assistants for international development agencies; fundraisers for the VSO; Government agencies in North and Soth; Teaching and Lectureships.


Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18); Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18); Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18); Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Entry Requirements

General entry advice

2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University).

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

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