MSc Environmental Change and International Development

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

We produce graduates who can apply their expertise to real-world problems.

My course has given me a fantastic opportunity to broaden my horizons beyond my medical background. The international development side has provided the opportunity for travel to both Kenya and Ghana and given me the flexibility to focus on my own interests. The course attracts a strong mix of international students and it’s allowed me to make some great friends from all around the globe.

Katherine Cobb, Postgraduate student in the Department of Geography

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

This course brings together geography, environmental and development studies expertise to engage with the challenges of environmental change in the Global South.

You’ll explore contemporary theory, policy and practice. There are three elements to your study: training in development research methods and professional skills, training in specialised subject areas, and a placement-based research dissertation.

Staff from NGOs contribute to the Professional Skills module, helping you to plan your professional development.

Students doing fieldwork in kenya

Core modules

  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Research Design and Methods in International Development
  • Understanding Environmental Change
  • Key Issues in Environment and Development
  • Professional Skills for Development
  • Dissertation with Placement
  • International Development Field Class, currently in either Kenya or Nepal

Optional modules

  • Data, Visualisation and GIS
  • Living with Climate Change in the Global South
  • The Political Economy of Natural Resource-led Development in the Global South
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of ‘the South’: Planning for Informality

Teaching

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Reading groups

Assessment

  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

For all our courses, you’ll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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September 2017 start

Course description 2017

This course brings together geography, environmental and development studies expertise to engage with the challenges of environmental change in the Global South. You’ll explore contemporary theory, policy and practice.

There are three elements to your study: training in development research methods and professional skills, training in specialised subject areas, and a placement-based research dissertation.

Students doing fieldwork in kenya

Core modules

  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Research Design and Methods in International Development
  • Understanding Environmental Change
  • Key Issues in Environment and Development
  • Professional Skills for Development
  • Dissertation with Placement
  • International Development field class, currently in either Kenya or Nepal.

Examples of optional modules

  • Data, Visualisation and GIS
  • Living with Climate Change in the Global South
  • The Political Economy of Natural Resource-led Development in the Global South
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of ‘the South’: planning for informality

Teaching and assessment

There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups. You’ll be assessed on your coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

For all our courses, you’ll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Apply now

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Apply now

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Postgraduate Programmes Officer
E: geo-apply@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 7900

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.