Environment and Development

MSc

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months

Overview

The need for sustainable development is a global concern. This interdisciplinary, flexible Masters degree prepares you to address the challenges faced in safeguarding natural resources, livelihoods and the alleviation of development problems.

This programme is ideal for those with a natural sciences background wishing to focus on environmental science with a perspective of social science, and for those who plan a career in international development or in an environmental field, in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors.

You will be based within one of the largest groups of geographers, resource management specialists and environmental scientists in the UK whose specialities span the social and natural sciences. Modules will be taught by world-leading researchers.

You will complete six taught modules and a dissertation research project, with individual supervision from a research-active expert. On this MSc you will take one core module “Perspectives in Environment and Development”, and five optional modules, of which at least three should be natural-sciences focused. Those who prefer a social-science focused programme are advised to take the MA Political Ecology.

We offer great flexibility with over 30 optional modules to choose from, spanning the social and natural sciences, and with the opportunity to gain key practical skills that are valued by employers, such as environmental analysis of development projects, data analysis and programming, geo-informatics and auditing. This enables you to construct a degree that fits your interests and career ambitions and to put your learning in a wider cultural context.

Your dissertation project forms a substantial part of your Masters degree. It will enhance your practical and analytical skills and give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a real-world challenge. Dissertation topics are available in both environmental and development themes. A combination of natural and social science elements is popular, and you are free to devise your own tailor-made project, in collaboration with your dissertation supervisor. Our research projects and partners across the globe provide exciting possibilities for overseas fieldwork opportunities when you are choosing your dissertation topic.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or similar.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £12,600 £6,300
International £26,985 £13,490

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Opportunities for overseas research

You will have the opportunity to undertake overseas dissertation fieldwork, encompassing both the natural science and social science aspects of this programme. We have a selection of projects on offer, or you can tailor-make a project to suit your own interests, guided by your dissertation supervisors.

Helena's story

"I applied for the Environment and Development MSc at Lancaster University due to the range of modules, the industrial placements and because as an undergraduate at Lancaster, I had found the staff to be very supportive. In the end, I didn't do an industrial placement but took the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in Nepal along with students from Lancaster and Kathmandu Universities. It was challenging, as all field work is, but a great experience and an amazing chance to visit a wonderful country. I enjoyed being stretched during my Masters which confirmed that I wanted to do a PhD."

Studying a Masters degree at Lancaster

Micha Stuart and Prerana Dhakhwa talk about why they came to Lancaster to study a Masters degree. Micha is on the MSc Volcanology and Geological Hazards and Prerana is studying MSc Sustainable Water Management.

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Fit your study around your career

A Masters qualification is the perfect way to develop your career and enhance your skills and knowledge. This course is available to study part-time, allowing you to study flexibly around your other commitments. With our wide range of modules, you can tailor your Masters degree to suit your professional interests, explore specialist areas of your discipline and begin to develop your leadership and management skills.

Part-Time Masters

Scholarships and Funding

  • Alumni loyalty scholarship

    If you have graduated with a Bachelor or Masters degree from Lancaster, we offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master's degrees. The amount of the discount depends on the results of the degree you graduate with.

  • Postgraduate loan scheme

    The UK Government offers postgraduate loans to Masters level students. A Postgraduate Master’s Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master’s course.

  • Lancaster Masters Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a generous scholarship to Masters students who are liable for Home tuition fees.

  • Lancaster Global Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a generous scholarship to high-achieving students who are liable for International tuition fees.

  • LEC Masters Bursaries

    A number of our programmes offer bursaries for excellent students applying for specific degree schemes. These bursaries include the Heatherlea and Peter John Vincent prizes.

Facilities

Postgraduate study is carried out in the Graduate School for the Environment. This is a collaboration between Lancaster University's Environment Centre, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Rothamsted Research.

Graduate School for the Environment

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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