Environment and Development MSc

The following modules are available in 2023/24 for Environment and Development MSc and are examples of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change. You will study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules:

Research Project – 60 credits

Using the knowledge that you have gained throughout your degree you will identify and develop a research question and complete a well-structured and fully-argued piece of work making use of appropriate primary and secondary sources and tools of analysis.

Global Inequalities and Development  – 30 credits

an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. The module starts by discussing the origins of development, economic, social, and the political inequalities that lay the foundations for discussions about poverty, education, health, gender and the environment.

Climate and Environmental Policy and Governance – 15 credits

Examine various elements of environmental governance such as limits of policy instruments, how context can change and shape processes and the ways in which governments, markets and civil society actors can influence policy and governance. 

Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development – 15 credits

The purpose of this module is for students to obtain a well-grounded understanding of the key theoretical, conceptual and practical debates and issues within the environment-development field. Theoretically, political ecology is used as a starting point in part 1 of the module to push critical and reflective thinking about mainstream ideas of environmental change and development.

Research Methods – 15 credits

Familiarise yourself with appropriate social science methods of research (qualitative and quantitative) and acquire general research skills relevant to your dissertation project.

Optional modules include:

Environmental Economics and Policy – 15 credits

The module provides an overview of the key areas of environmental economics and helps you develop an ability to interpret, analyse and assess in economic terms environmental issues and policies that they will encounter as part of your studies and careers.

Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics – 15 credits 

This module aims to develop research skills to enable students to carry out quantitative research projects, which integrate environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. 

Environment & Development International Field Course – 30 credits

This module provides a structured opportunity to gain field experience in a rural landscape in Tanzania helping to broaden knowledge and deepen understanding of interrelations between the environment and development. It draws on staff research, local practitioner and grassroots perspectives on rural livelihoods, approaches to biodiversity conservation, protected area governance, climate change and climate-smart agriculture. 

The full list of module information can be read in the course catalogue.