Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Practising Sustainable Development

Interest in development, environment and issues of sustainable development has never been so intense. UN climate change summits, Sustainable Development Goals and the World Social Forum have brought environmental and development issues and problems long on local and national agendas, onto the international scene. Study Practising Sustainable Development at Royal Holloway, University of London and you'll address the complex, dynamic network of natural, social, political and economic processes, graduating with a range of transferable research skills to take into your chosen career. This popular programme continues to evolve and expand in both scope and appeal, attracting student from more than 30 countries and a diverse range of backgrounds. You'll learn from expert academics with experience in different developing regions and economies in transition, including Latin America, the Caribbean, South, East and South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. You'll join a department that is consistently highly ranked for the international quality of its research, and contribute to this leading research culture with your own dissertation project. The Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) research group consists of over 20 research-active staff, 35 PhD students and 50 Master's students on four MSc programmes. We are committed to conducting collaborative research which seeks to understand and contribute to addressing problems of social inequality, environmental destruction and injustice. The breadth of its members' research places it in an ideal position to contribute to theoretical and policy debates on key challenges facing Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean today. Study Practising Sustainable Development at Royal Holloway and you'll learn to tackle issues that are high on the national and international agenda, graduating with excellent employability prospects in the UK and abroad. This programme is also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those who do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Master's degree. - Study in a department ranked 2nd in the UK for research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. - Learn from expert academics with experience in a range of developing regions and economies in transition. - Graduate with excellent employability prospects or progress to doctoral study. - Follow a highly regarded programme, preparing you for a career in the environmental and developmental fields. - Also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those that do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Masters degree.

Entry requirements

PgDip

- UK upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in a related field (natural or social sciences).
- Candidates with considerable professional experience in any agency involved in development and environment issues will also be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

MSc

- Applicants with UK, EU or overseas qualifications who have or are on track to obtain at least a 2.1 (or equivalent) in one of the following subjects: Biology; Development Studies; Ecology; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Geography; Politics; Computer Science.
- Candidates with considerable professional experience in any agency involved in development and environment issues will also be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS 6. 5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no subscore below 5.5

Course modules

PgDip

Modules include: Sustainability, development and governance; technology and development; sustainability, development and society; participatory research; research training; dissertation (MSc only).

MSc

Mandatory modules: Sustainability, Development and Governance; Technology and Development; ICT4D; Participatory Methods; Research Training; Dissertation; Community Volunteer Project

Assessment methods

PgDip

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework and a dissertation.

MSc

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework and a dissertation.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- an understanding at an advanced level of the relationships between, and complexities of, social, economic, political and environmental aspects of sustainable development and ICT4D
- an understanding at an advanced level of how the key issues in sustainable development theory and ICT4D influence policy and impact on practice
- the ability to critically analyse complex or contradictory areas of knowledge in aspects of sustainable development.

This programme is delivered in a single stage, equating to either one-year of full-time study or two years part-time, (or up to five years of part-time study by agreement with the Programme Director)

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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