University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Environmental Change and International Development

This course brings together geography, environmental and development studies expertise to engage with the challenges of environmental change in the Global South. You�ll explore contemporary theory, policy and practice. There are three elements to your study: training in development research methods and professional skills, training in specialised subject areas, and a placement-based research dissertation. You�ll develop the skills to work in private or public sector research, or join the civil service. Recent graduates have started careers in consulting or with organisations like CAFOD, the Environment Agency and the British Library. Many of our graduates stay on to do research. We have a high success rate in securing funding for those who wish to study for a PhD with us after finishing a masters.

Entry requirements

You�ll need a good 2.1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject, or an equivalent recognised qualification. English language requirements- Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: ideas and practice in international development; research design and methods in international development; understanding environmental change; key issues in environment and development; professional skills for development; dissertation with placement; international development field class, currently in either Kenya or Nepal. Optional modules: data, visualisation and GIS; living with climate change in the global south; the political economy of natural resource-led development in the global south; using policy to strengthen health systems; cities of diversity; cities of �the south�: planning for informality.

Assessment methods

You�ll be assessed on your coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A number of departmental bursaries are available for masters students. Further funding may be available. Please contact us for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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0114 222 7900