Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Human Security and Environmental Change

This course allows students to explore in depth the relationship between environmental change and human security, and how risk and change management may be addressed; the pace of recent change emphasises the need to analyse environmental change within the wider context of the economic, social, institutional, cultural, technological and particularly political changes taking place within the world today; by reframing environmental change as an issue of human security, our students address questions about equity, justice, vulnerability, and power relations; they also consider whose security may actually be threatened by environmental change and furthermore what options exist for managing issues of change; the aim of the course is to produce postgraduates who are able to help to sustainably change society; participants gain a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts and techniques involved in (global and local) environmental change and human security, and the application of these to specific forms of analysis, practice and problem solving.

Entry requirements

A good UK Honours degree (minimum 2.2) in a relevant subject; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5.

Course modules

Human security; critical security studies; risk, resilience and vulnerability; power and critical development studies; internal conflict; indigenous politics; rogue states and security; environmental change: theoretical contexts to environmental change; environmental politics and policy agendas; biodiversity, food security and responding to change; sustainability indicators; adapting to climate change; carbon management; emergency responses to environmental change; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the course involves coursework, report writing, presentations and group work; there are also class tests, critical reviews and management plans to prepare; the core of the course is structured with no formal examinations; all candidates for the MA write a dissertation, and prepare work on research methods including an assessed dissertation proposal as part of the research training element of the degree; this varied pattern of assessment reflects the main aim of the course in preparing students for work either in academic, research, analysis or practical policy management fields.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,550 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Full-time £ 2,150 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 years
Full-time £ 4,300 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus Nottingham NG11 8NS East Midlands

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