Water Security and International Development (MSc)
The MSc Water Security and International Development degree interprets 'water security' in its broad political ecology and political economy sense. We believe that the hydrological cycle is intimately connected to critical global policy concerns: climate change, food trade and food security, energy security - and in turn to the international cooperation that affects human, community, regional and state security.
Inextricably linked to people's welfare and livelihoods in non-industrialised contexts, water is a resource of fundamental importance to environment and development concerns. This Master's programme will critically reflect on the practical and theoretical facets of 'water security', with a view to develop a better foundation upon which to achieve developmental and environmental objectives. We will provide the latest interdisciplinary theory and tools necessary to rise to the challenges and students will graduate with the knowledge and tools to be able to understand and audit the water security of a system of interest; be it nation, region, company, sector, scheme or household.
The MSc Water Security and International Development degree will be 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. Furthermore, the School is consistently ranked highly in league tables. We are in the top 10 of the Guardian and Times League Tables for Geography and Environmental Sciences; in 2012/13 we were ranked 3rd in the Guardian’s University Guide and 9th in The Times League Table.