The MSc in Sustainable Development explores 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.
- Degree structure and content helps students with limited direct subject experience to develop advanced knowledge and understanding.
- Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
- Critical study of socio-economic, political, and environmental aspects gives a remarkable richness and depth compared with conventional single-subject degrees.
- The course considers sustainability from the perspectives of the public, businesses, and policymakers and the relationships between academia, policy, and society.
- Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.
The MSc in Sustainable Development is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. Sustainable development is now widely regarded as the most promising framework within which challenges can be addressed, such as:
- clean water and adequate sanitation
- energy generation and supply
- human health
- food production and distribution
- threats to biodiversity.
The ability to provide solutions to these problems requires an understanding of the different aspects of the complex inter-relationships between human development and sustainability.
The degree will develop your ability to critically assess sustainable development problems from multiple perspectives. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable development questions and concepts and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies. The core modules bring together subject experts from across the University, providing different disciplinary perspectives on key topics.
As well as a need for an advanced understanding of sustainable development problems, there is a need to consider sustainability from the perspectives of the public, businesses, and policymakers and to promote engagement beyond academics and researchers. The degree explores tensions and synergies between different forms of governance and decision-making, engages with sustainable development policy and practice across a range of scales (local, national, and international), and considers the relationships between academia, policy, and society. Coursework components are, in part, intended to help you develop and demonstrate skills in communicating sustainable development concepts to different audiences.
The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.
The MSc in Sustainable Development is a one-year full-time degree. You will complete one compulsory module in Semester 1 (September to December) and a second compulsory module in Semester 2 (January to May). You will complete one or two optional modules in each semester.
You will use the period from June to August to complete an advanced study project.
The MSc involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars and workshops.
Most modules are assessed through coursework including essays, reports, and presentations.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.