University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Environment, Development and Policy

Can the world combat poverty and environmental degradation at the same time? How do we deliver a green economy? Is continued economic growth compatible with sustainability? Answers to these key questions facing the world require a deep understanding of the relationship between environment, development and the world of politics and policy, which shapes how sustainable development is. From climate to energy, from food to biodiversity, this course highlights a range of pressing environmental issues and developmental challenges. You gain a critical understanding of how far policy has sought to address them; and you are exposed to a range of conceptual tools for understanding the role of knowledge, institutions, social relations and power that shape societal responses to these issues.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in the social or natural sciences. Applicants with other degrees or relevant practical work experience will also be considered.

Course modules

Autumn term: Political Economy of the Environment; Theories of Development and Underdevelopment. Spring term: You choose 2 from: Activism for development and social justice; anthropology of reconciliation and reconstruction; anthropology of childhood; critical debates in environment and development; cultural understandings of health and healing; embodiment and institutionalisation of violence; fair trade, ethical business and new moral economies; globalisation and rural change; knowledge, power and resistance; migration, inequality and social change; poverty, marginality and everyday lives; refugees and development; the architecture of aid; transnational migration and diaspora. Other options may also be available. You also take a research methods and professional skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career; this module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation. Summer term: You work on your dissertation, or on a dissertation with a placement.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed through term papers of 3,000-5,000-words. You also write a 10,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

School of Global Studies
Telephone number: 
01273 877107