Environment and Development, M.Sc. | University of Leeds | Leeds, United Kingdom
12 months
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Sustainable development and environmental management are two key challenges facing the Global South. As part of the Environment and Development degree at University of Leeds, you will be provided with high-quality interdisciplinary training to help you understand the many perspectives of different actors operating in the Global South.


Our Environment and Development MSc will give you the platform to investigate the debates and challenges associated with international development and how to achieve environmentally, socially and economically sustainable solutions for the future.

As part of our Environment and Development MSc degree, you'll be provided with high-quality interdisciplinary training in the operations of the Global South, alongside teaching in environmental policy, political ecology and global inequalities.

Led by the Sustainability Research Institute, this Masters degree has a strong focus on sustainable development, bringing together a wide range of expertise from the School of Earth and Environment, School of Politics and International Studies and industry partners. You’ll also have the chance to meet and build your own links in industry through our connections with key players in environment and development worldwide.

Once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the extensive knowledge, skills and practical experience sought after by both the public and private sectors to deliver solutions in critical areas like sustainable economic development and environmental conservation.

Career opportunities

Studying our Environment and Development MSc will give you a holistic and in-depth understanding of some of the greatest challenges faced globally — alongside a skill set that is sought after by employers and highly transferable across a range of careers. The types of opportunities open to you with a specialism in the environment and development field will no doubt be rewarding, with the potential to take you all over the world.

We typically find that graduates assume, or continue careers, in sustainability, environmental management or development practice. Our alumni work in the research, public and private sectors and within local, national and international institutions.

This course is ideal if you want to continue your undergraduate studies, are looking for a career change, or if you’re keen to enhance your skill set that’ll help you progress in your career in industry or academia.

Programme Structure

In your first semester, you'll gain an advanced understanding of the core knowledge and skills in both sustainability and development-related themes such as environmental governance, development studies, environmental social science research methods and sustainable development. 

In semester two, you'll take the theoretical knowledge that you have gained from semester one and begin to build upon it. You'll apply this knowledge and skills to form a deeper, more specialised understanding of the challenges of environment and development and be able to apply it to real-world scenarios.

Taking all of the knowledge and skills that you have learnt in the previous two semesters your focus will now turn to your individual dissertation project. You'll produce an original piece of cutting-edge research on a topic of your choice, and will work closely with a member of staff as your dissertation supervisor.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We operate a staged admissions process for this course.

For full details: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-masters/doc/apply-4


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor's degree with a 2:1 (hons) in social sciences such as (but not limited to) international development, geography, politics, sociology, environmental management, sustainability, in environmental science or in a related subject.

Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

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


International Masters Excellence Scholarship

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

See website for full details: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/dir-record/scholarships/1791/school-of-earth-and-environment-international-masters-excellence-scholarship

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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