We hope that by the time you’re ready to start your studies with us the situation with COVID-19 will have eased. However, please be aware, we will continue to review our courses and other elements of the student experience in response to COVID-19 and we may need to adapt our provision to ensure students remain safe. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, regularly visit our website, which we will continue to update as the situation changes www.leeds.ac.uk/covid19faqs
Unfortunately, in response to covid-19, this course will be suspended for the academic year 2021/22. If you have an offer for this course, you’ll receive an email about alternative courses you may want to consider. If you’re a new applicant to the University, you might want to consider studying our Environment and Development MSc or you can search for alternative courses starting in the academic year 2021/22.
Sustainable economic development and environmental management are two key challenges facing the Global South. Our Environment and Development with Integrated Fieldwork Masters degree will provide you with high-quality interdisciplinary training to help you understand the many perspectives of different actors operating in the Global South.
A key part of your learning will be based around an international field course to Tanzania, where you will gain first-hand practical experience and apply classroom-based learning in a developing country context.
You will investigate the debates and challenges associated with international development that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable and contribute towards achieving solutions that support this topical, fast-growing field.
You will gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience, that national and international employers require to reconcile distinct objectives, such as the need for sustainable economic development and environmental conservation.
The course is ideal if you would like to develop or continue a career in environment and/or development practice, policy, training or research, and/or if you are thinking of working in an international capacity. The Masters will prepare you for work in both the public and private sectors, and within local, national and international institutions. Alternatively, you could pursue a research career or go on to a PhD.
You have a large degree of flexibility – choose the modules you take and develop your degree in line with your interests and ambitions.
Have the chance to carry out a wide range of fieldwork in the UK and overseas, from East Yorkshire to our flagship trip to Tanzania.
Learn from experts in the field – our teaching draws on specialist knowledge from practitioner and research communities covering both the natural and social sciences.
Fieldwork forms an integral part of the course, which develops your on-the-ground understanding of how the tools and skills you learn in lectures can be applied.
In the first semester, you will visit East Yorkshire for two days. Learn about issues affecting sustainable economic development and environmental management in a developed world context.
In the second semester, you'll visit Tanzania where you'll gain first-hand practical experience and apply classroom-based learning in a developing country context.
Choose to carry-out fieldwork as part of your final dissertation.
You will be taught by a world-leading team 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.
This 12 month Masters is split into three semesters. In the first two semesters you will take lectures and seminars, followed by approximately four months of individual work leading to the submission of a dissertation in late August.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development
Environment & Development International Field Course
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
GIS and Environment
Global Inequalities and Development
International Relations and the Environment
Business, Environment and Sustainability
Introduction to Ecological Economics
Environmental Economics and Policy
Delivering Sustainability Through Projects
Climate Change: Physical Science Basis
Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation
Climate Change Mitigation
Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics
Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System
Learning and teaching
You will learn through a variety of teaching methods to help you develop both generic and subject-specific skills.
This includes lectures, practical workshops, field trips (UK and overseas), computer lab sessions, research seminars and project work (individual and groupwork).
Practical exercises focus around real-world scenarios and case studies to produce optimal solutions including familiarisation with state-of-the-art technical approaches, software and the regulatory regimes that companies and public sector organisations operate within.
The research-intensive environment of the School ensures that course material is both up-to-date and research led.
You will also learn the scientific and rational principles lying behind the practical approaches used in the world outside academia, so that your skills keep pace with changes in technology or the regulatory environment.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You will be assessed through a variety of ways including both written and oral assignments and exams.
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.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
31 July 2021 – International applicants
10 September 2021 – UK applicants
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
Because we recognise the value of field experience the school heavily subsidises or covers the transport and accommodation costs for all compulsory taught field courses.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
We have a strong commitment to enhancing student employability and have own dedicated school Employability Officer. We offer extra support and activities to help you stand out in your chosen field and achieve your career goals.
This course is ideal if you want to continue your undergraduate studies, you are looking for a career change, or if you are looking to increase your skill set to progress in your career in industry or academia.
We typically find that graduates assume, or continue careers, in sustainability, environmental management or development practice. Our alumni work in the research, public and private sectors and within local, national and international institutions.
Our graduates have secured positions including:
Global Ambassador, Raleigh International
Environmental Advisor, London Mining PLC , Sierra Leone
Consultant, Sustainability Consultancy - Canada
Advisor on Agricultural Pollution, Natural England
Senior Research Officer, Climate Change Third World Network
Field Environment Advisor, Tullow Oil Kenya
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
We have successful and productive links with many partners with different perspectives on sustainability, environment and development.
You will have the opportunity to come into contact with our network of partners throughout the course. For example, during the field courses in East Yorkshire and Tanzania there may be opportunities to network with organisations such as the Tanzanian National Institute of Medical Research, East Usambara Tea Company, WWF-Tanzania, The Wildlife Trusts and Associated British Ports.
We will also support and encourage you to develop your own links so that you can collaborate with institutions that might be beneficial for your future career progression.
In the past, students have worked with companies, UK-based charities, international development organisations, government departments and universities.
Industry support for your dissertation
To help you set-up your research dissertation, supervisors have excellent collaborative links with sustainability, environment and development organisations across the UK and internationally.
Recent students have worked with Brunei National Energy Research Institute, ASDA (foodwaste), Tullow Oil Company and The International Rice Research Institute. While other students have teamed up with ongoing research projects.