What Will You Study

The need for sustainable development is a global concern. This scheme aims to prepare you to address the challenges faced in safeguarding the planet’s ecosystems while improving the environments of impoverished communities.

You can take either the MA or MSc pathway, depending on your choice of dissertation topic. Topics are offered in both environmental and developmental themes, with options for fieldwork in the UK, Asia, Africa and South America, usually working with universities and NGOs in the host countries. This optional overseas component provides vital experience for those looking for a career in the overseas development sector.

The scheme has a broad choice of optional modules, combined with the specialisation of the dissertation project.  Together these provide the ideal education for anyone interested in a career that will address environment and development issues, in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors.

Core modules

  • Dissertation Project
  • Perspectives on Environment and Development
  • Research Methods (for MA stream only)

Optional modules:

Four/five optional modules from the following (subject to change)

  • Air Quality and Climate
  • Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment
  • Biological Effects of Air Pollution and Climate Change
  • Catchment Protection (field course)
  • Chemical Risk Assessment
  • Climate Change and Society
  • Consequences of Toxicological Effects
  • Conservation Biology
  • Contaminated Land and Remediation
  • Crop Protection
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Data Analysis and Programming Skills
  • Data Assimilation and Integration
  • Ecology, Conservation and Culture
  • Environment and Culture
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Radioactivity
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis for Trace Organics
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Flood Forecasting and Flood Risk Management
  • Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
  • Food Security and Environmental Issues in China
  • Geoinformatics
  • Geological Hazards
  • Globalisation and Democratisation
  • Groundwater Resources and Protection
  • Habitat Management
  • International Environmental Law
  • Lake Ecology
  • Low Carbon Energy Use
  • Modelling Environmental Processes
  • Numerical Skills
  • Pollution Microbiology
  • Right to Adequate Food as a Human Right
  • Sustainable Soil Management
  • Sustainable Systems
  • The Rights of Peoples
  • Toxicological Mechanisms and Measurements
  • Using the NVC
  • Wildlife Monitoring Techniques
  • Wildlife Population Ecology