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Sustainability (Environment & Development), M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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This programme provides interdisciplinary training on issues where the need for economic development and environmental conservation meet.Specifically, it provides training in theoretical and practical issues relating to the ideal of sustainable development at a range of scales from the global to the local in a range of different contexts.


This masters provides you with high-quality interdisciplinary training designed to give you the skills, experience and knowledge prospective employers want. You will focus on the issues where the need for sustainable economic development and environmental conservation meet.

To help you understand the many perspectives on these issues, this course is led by the Sustainability Research Institute, bringing together academic expertise from the School of Earth and Environment, School of Politics and International Studies and the practitioner community.

Sustainable economic development and environmental management are two key challenges facing the world today. This course enables you to investigate the issues associated with achieving development that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. You will gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience which enable you to contribute towards achieving solutions in this topical field.

The course is ideal if you would like to develop or continue a career in environment and/or development practice, policy, training or research. Preparing you for work in both the public and private sectors, and within local, national and international institutions. Alternatively, you could pursue a research career or go on to a PhD.

Course highlights

You have a large degree of flexibility – meaning you can choose the modules you take, enabling you to develop your degree in line with your interests and ambitions.

Gain both theoretical and practical experience – our teaching draws on specialist knowledge from practitioner and research communities covering both the natural and social sciences.

Carry out a wide range of fieldwork, from a FREE field course to East Yorkshire, to a further afield trip to Tanzania.

Attend excellent research seminar series run by the School of Earth and Environment, School of Politics and International Studies, plus those organised in Leeds’ Biology and Geography departments.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy and Governance
  • Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project (60 credits)
Optional modules
  • Global Inequalities and Development - Parts 1 and 2 (30 credits)
  • Business, Environment and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Economics
  • Climate Change: Physical Science Basis
  • Environment-Development Overseas Field Course – read additional costs
  • International Relations and the Environment (30 credits)
  • Standards and Tools for Business, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics
  • Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in a natural, environmental, physical, management or social science subject.
  • Mature applicants without a first degree or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of their relevant industry, consultancy or policy experience and their potential for benefiting from the programme.
  • We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


There are a number of different ways you can fund your studies.

University scholarships and funding
  • If you’re a former student of the University of Leeds you could be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary
  • Subject related academic achievement scholarships
  • Leeds Masters Scholarships for UK students worth £5,000
  • Two sports scholarships are available to support elite athletes
Postgraduate loans and bursaries
  • If you are a UK or EU national and plan to start a full-time, part-time or distance learning taught or research Masters degree course from September 2016 you may be able to apply for a government-backed loan of up to £10,000.
  • Professional and career development loans can be used to support a wide range of courses that lead to employment or enhance job skills.
Extra financial help

You may be eligible for further support if you:

  • have a disability
  • are in financial hardship

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