2020 start
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.
Students taking photographs of their surroundings whilst on a field trip to the Galapagos Islands

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 course includes a 10-day field class, which provides hands-on experience of research. Recent destinations have included the Galapagos, Nepal and Tanzania.

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

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Modules

Core modules

  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Research Design and Methods in International Development
  • The Science of Environmental Change
  • Key Issues in Environment and Development
  • Professional Skills for Development
  • Dissertation with Placement
  • International Development Field Class (cost included in your tuition fees)

Optional modules

Examples 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

Teaching

There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups.

Assessment

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

Duration

  • 1 year full-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 an area of the social sciences or medicine.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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

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Contact

geography-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 7900

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