Sustainable Development (MSc) 2020 entry
On the MSc in Sustainable Development, you will explore the socio-economic, political, and environmental aspects of the inter-relationships between human development and sustainability. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable development questions and concepts as well as learn skills needed for sustainability-related careers.
This programme is now delivered through the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies (and no longer the School of Geography and Sustainable Development). Some changes, including entry requirements, have been made to this page to reflect this change.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time; part-time study is not currently offered.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The MSc in Sustainable Development welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
- business or management
- environmental history
- environmental science
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- personal statement explaining:
- why you have applied for this course
- how the course relates to your personal or professional ambitions
- how your academic and professional background show you have the skills needed to work effectively at postgraduate level.
- two original signed academic references on headed paper
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019-2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring sustainable development theory and practice.
- Interrogating Sustainable Development: explores the concept of the history of sustainable development and introduces students to a range of disciplinary perspectives and case studies.
- Master Class in Sustainable Development: prepares students for the advanced study project and provides training in transferable skills tailored to sustainable development contexts.
Alongside the compulsory modules, you will complete one or two other optional modules in each semester. Optional modules allow you to shape the degree around your own personal and professional interests.
Optional modules are expected to be offered in the following areas:
- quantitative methods
- qualitative methods
- health and development
- environmental management
- global environmental change
- population change and development.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and may require a minimum number of students to be offered (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final module of the MSc is the advanced study in sustainable development project. This allows you to critically explore a sustainable development topic and present your findings in both academic and policy-relevant formats. You will also demonstrate key transferable skills in synthesising, evaluating, and communicating the evidence needed to underpin sustainable development.
The project module is assessed through three components:
- an academic literature review
- a policy brief or data project
- a reflection on the process of translating academic review into policy advice or addressing key questions identified in the academic review by way of secondary data analysis.
If students choose not to complete the advanced study project required for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitability qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.