University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Sustainable Development

This programme is designed to respond to the sustainable development agenda from a holistic and multi-disciplinary perspective. This approach is critical: sustainable development covers inter-related economic, environmental and social issues. Understanding the connections between issues is key to tackling complex sustainability challenges and developing the joined-up thinking required in today's policy environment. This Masters provides a practical and problem-based approach to learning focused on both the study of sustainable development and its implementation in a range of professional contexts. It is designed to provide a balance between theory and its application. Throughout the programme students engage with external agencies and employers through, for example, field work, guest lectures and seminars and projects. The course covers the outcomes of recent policy making, eg, the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development; specific policy areas such as biodiversity, climate change and forests; and social enterprise and sustainability. In addition, a range of option modules allow students to specialise in key aspects of sustainable development, climate change, risk management, energy policy and the environment. This Masters is based on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, home to the University's Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) - a £30 million centre leading cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research into solutions to problems of environmental change and enhancing people's lives by improving their relationship with the environment. Students benefit from the programme's close relationship with the Institute and exposure to its cutting-edge research. Cornwall is an exceptional place in which to study issues related to the environment and sustainability. The county is a perfect living laboratory which offers a diverse range of marine and terrestrial habitats, a wealth of natural resources and creative and resilient communities.

Entry requirements

All applicants are considered individually on merit although usually required is a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. International applicants need to meet the English language requirements.

Course modules

Please note constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website. Some examples of modules are : dissertation; understanding environmental change; governing sustainability; key skills; statistical modelling; environmental sustainability in practice; independent study; independent work-based learning; introduction to energy policy and sustainability; climate, hazards and risk assessment; themes in climate change.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be through a range of methods including: essays; oral, written and web presentations; project work; learning journals; and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The University of Exeter invests heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the Government's Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 18,600 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,300 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,650 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,650 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,650 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,650 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,650 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

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