University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Environment and Development

You will be provided with high-quality interdisciplinary training, you and prospective employers need to 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 masters is led by the Sustainability Research Institute, bringing together academic expertise from the School of Earth and Environment, the School of Politics and International Studies, and from the practitioner community. Sustainable economic development and environmental management are two key challenges facing the world today. This course enables you to investigate the challenges 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.

Entry 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 1st 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.

Course modules

Modules include: introduction to sustainability; environmental policy and governance; critical perspectives in environment and development; research methods; research project; global inequalities and development - parts 1 and 2, business; environment and sustainability, introduction to ecological and environmental economics; climate change: physical science basis; environment-development overseas field course (additional costs); international relations and the environment; 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.

Assessment methods

To complement teaching, assessment is varied and includes both written and oral assignments and exams.

Sponsorship information

The School and the University provide a number of scholarships for UK, EU and international students; these range from partial fee awards to full maintenance grants; demand for scholarships is high so early application is essential.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Admissions Team
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0113 343 8109