This MSc Environment and International Development degree will appeal to natural resource specialists and agriculturalists, as well as those from a social science background who work or are interested in and wish to study development issues, sustainability and the environment.
Interest in the global environment and development has never been so intense. Environmental issues and problems have long been on local and national agendas, but increasingly over the last thirty years, on international agendas too. All environmental issues derive from natural processes, but at the same time are social and political, and it is this unique interdisciplinary approach which drives the MSc Environment and International Development.
The interaction between environment and development is studied through analysing policy processes at local, national and international levels, as played out by a large cast of actors: policy makers, politicians, business administrators, rural and urban resource users. We use a wide range of critical and constructive skills, analytical techniques and contextual knowledge to advance our understanding of these processes. A main focus of the degree is on the political ecology approach to understanding debates and policy processes underpinning responses to environmental and natural resource problems.
The MSc Environment and International Development degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.
The majority of the School’s research was rated as ‘internationally outstanding or high quality’ by the government in the last national research assessment exercise (RAE 2008). The School was placed in the top three departments in the country for research on international development.