- Interrogating Sustainable Development: provides an introduction to sustainable development.
- Introduction to Global Environmental Change: provides an introduction to the science of climate change.
- Master Class in Sustainable Development: trains students to critically reflect on the potential and limitations of sustainable development.
Students typically choose four optional modules. With permissions from the relevant Head of School, up to 60 credits may be taken at MSc level from Schools across the University. Other modules at Masters Level from different Schools can be selected in accordance with staff availability.
- Being a Social Scientist: explores the fundamental skills required by all social scientists and prepares you for research and professional development.
- Development and Environment: introduces students to key topics in development and environmental economics, including poverty, inequality and land reform.
- Economics for the Environment: introduces the contributions that environmental economics can make to helping us understand and manage a wide range of environmental problems.
- Introduction to Geographic Information Science: introduces students to the basic principles of Geographic Information Science including the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), mapping and spatial analysis using ArcGIS and the use of remotely sensed data.
- Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences: introduces students to the basic theoretical approaches in the social sciences, covering the methodological and epistemological issues involved in conducting social scientific research.
- Qualitative Methods in Social Research: offers both a theoretical and practical introduction to the collection, analysis and writing of qualitative social science research.
- Quantitative Research in Social Science: an introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The summer project, unlike traditional research projects, offers a format that better suits students’ interests and career aspirations.
As the culmination of your degree, the Advanced Study in Sustainable Development module gives you the opportunity to explore an area of sustainable development that interests you. You will then produce an academic literature review, a professional policy brief and a reflective essay based on your research. Advised by a member of academic staff, you will work across the summer months on your individual project.
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.