The MSc in Sustainable Development explores the socio-economic, political, and environmental aspects of the inter-relationships between human development and sustainability.
- Introduces key topics in sustainable development, providing a broad-based overview of the field.
- Interdisciplinary character helps you to develop a more rounded understanding of sustainable development questions and concepts.
- Critical study of socio-economic, political, and environmental aspects gives a remarkable richness and depth compared with conventional single-subject degrees.
- 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 personal and professional competencies.
Sustainable development is now widely regarded as the most promising framework through which we can address global challenges such as:
- clean water and adequate sanitation
- energy generation and supply
- human health and wellbeing
- 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 MSc in Sustainable Development is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and its engagement with sustainability as both an academic and a policy concern.
Sustainable development is inherently interdisciplinary. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of the problems that sustainable development seeks to address and the tensions that characterise this field. On this MSc subject experts from across the University provide their own disciplinary perspectives on key topics and you will consider the nature and functioning of the social, political, economic, and environmental systems that are central to sustainable development.
Using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals as a common framework, you will engage with critical perspectives on sustainability and related subjects, gain an interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable development principles and practice, and develop your ability to critically assess sustainable development problems and solutions from multiple perspectives.
Optional modules allow you to explore topics such as capitalism and development, environmental change, and population change, that shape sustainable development needs and responses and which will further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.
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 employers, and policymakers and to promote engagement beyond academics and researchers.
You will explore the tensions and synergies between different forms of governance and decision making, engage with sustainable development policy and practice at different scales (local, national, and international), and consider the relationships between academia, policy, and society. You will also examine how sustainable development, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals, intersects with other frameworks for managing natural resources - from broad-scal ecosystem approaches to local-scale community strategies. Coursework components are, in part, intended to help you develop and demonstrate skills in communicating sustainable development concepts to different audiences.
The MSc includes an integrated programme of skills workshops that connect your academic learning with the development of personal and professional competencies. Workshops bring together students from other Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections.
The taught modules are taken over two semesters – September to December (Semester 1) and January to May (Semester 2). The period from June to August is used to complete the end of degree project.
Each taught module will use teaching and learning methods appropriate to its aims. These may include seminars, workshops, lectures, tutorials, and independent study.
Assessment methods used may include essays, reports, presentations, practical exercises, reflective exercises, and examinations.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.