Contemporary environmental challenges – from climate change to plastics pollution, deforestation, habitat and species loss, pandemics and growing environmental injustices – affect us all across diverse scales, cultures and geographies. They increasingly demand new ways of thinking, grounded in cutting-edge research, to enable us to move forward into more equitable and sustainable futures.

This course was created in response to this need. It brings together internationally recognised research groups and scholars from the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment to provide you with a critical appreciation of these multiple, intersecting challenges and the nature and politics of potential solutions.

Through a range of core and optional modules, you will engage with:

  • contemporary human geography thinking around environmental challenges, knowledges and futures
  • the emergent, interdisciplinary concept of the Anthropocene and its applications
  • contemporary and paleo-climatic and earth systems modelling
  • and the pernicious challenge of pollutants e.g. plastics in the environment.

Study Details:

MSc 1-2 years, full- or part-time

Module Details:

Core modules

  • Contemporary Environmental Challenges
  • Anthropogenic Impact on the Urban Environment
  • Living the Anthropocene
  • Research for Change: Skills and Challenges of Applied Environmental Research
  • Environmental Futures

Plus your Dissertation

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Remote sensing
  • Contemporary Critical Geographies

Then choose two option modules from:

  • GIS in Environmental Health
  • Methods and Modelling in Palaeoclimatology
  • The Biosphere in the Earth System
  • Creative Geographies in Practice

Student Destinations

This course is designed to train students from a range of academic backgrounds in contemporary critical debates and challenges which shape our environmental futures. It will equip students with fresh perspectives and ways of seeing and responding to these challenges, through its inter and multi-disciplinary approach. It aims to produce graduates capable of undertaking insightful, ethical research on these issues, drawing on a range of tools and methods, and of contributing professionally in pertinent fields.  This course will thus provide you with a range of subject specific and transferable skills pertinent to careers in research, academia and a range of public sector, consultancy, NGO and other applications.


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Entry Requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Non-standard qualification or professional experience in a relevant area may be considered.

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