Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 September 2022
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.
Wednesday 11 August 2021. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- A CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- A 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.
- A sample of academic written work such as an extract from a previous project, essay, or undergraduate dissertation.
- 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.
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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 2020-2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.
The MSc is structured around two compulsory taught modules:
- Interrogating Sustainable Development: introduces the problems that sustainable development seeks to address and the tensions that characterise this field; you will also examine how sustainable development intersects with other frameworks for managing our resources.
- Master Class in Sustainable Development: develops your understanding of advanced-level sustainability debates, by engaging critically with interpretations of sustainability and the ways it stimulates interaction with partners beyond academia to address socio-environmental vulnerabilities.
Optional modules allow you to broaden your learning in key topics relevant to the MSc.
The available optional modules are confirmed in advance of the MSc start date.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final part of the MSc is the end of degree project. This takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore a sustainable development topic in depth.
Through the project, you will show your ability to undertake sustained critical analysis, develop and improve your research skills, and produce an extended piece of written work that demonstrates a high level of understanding of your area of study.
Your end of degree project will be presented as:
- an academic literature review
- a policy brief or data project
- a reflective piece 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 project requirement 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 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.