2019 start

Environmental Change and International Development

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

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

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.

The cost of the compulsory field class is included in your tuition fees.

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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

Optional modules

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Living with Climate Change in the Global South
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of ‘the South’: planning for informality


There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups.


You’ll be assessed on your coursework assignments and a dissertation.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Image of Rachael Low, postgraduate student in the Department of Geography

There are so many opportunities to gain real work experiences through the field class and dissertation with placements. Not many masters courses offer this so it is definitely one of the strongest elements of the course. Eventually I would like to combine my background in economics with international development and work in policy.

Rachael Low
MSc Environmental Change and International Development

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject.

English language requirements

Entry requirements for international students


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

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