Environment and Development MSc


University of Edinburgh    School of GeoSciences

Programme information Department Information Department Programmes
Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Biological Sciences (4) Environmental Sciences (13) Geography (17)

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Are you passionate about tackling global challenges and making a difference in the world? The Environment and Development MSc programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand the complex relationship between development and the environment. From sustainable development to climate change, biodiversity conservation to disaster risk, this programme covers a range of pressing issues. With a focus on social and environmental justice, you'll critically evaluate these issues and explore their political and ideological dimensions. The programme offers flexibility to study and conduct research in your area of interest, preparing you for a career in the environment and development sectors.

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Programme description

Are you ready to explore some of the world's most pressing challenges?

Understand the link between the environment, development agendas, and global inequalities for today and the future.

Our MSc Environment and Development enables you to critically evaluate the multiple dimensions of the inter-relationship between development and the environment, with an abiding concern for social and environmental justice.

What will I learn?

Our teaching approach encourages you to reflect upon your role as both researchers and professionals in transformations towards social and environmental justice, considering the ethics of engagement in an unequal world.

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Entry Requirements

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Student Profile

Felicity Tolley

I graduated from University of Bristol in 2013 with a BSc in Environmental Geoscience, where I also worked as a researcher within the Ocean Acidification group in the Palaeontology department. My undergraduate degree provided me with an extensive understanding of the physical processes and changes that can occur in the environment, while also giving me the opportunity to travel to some stunning geological locations. As I approached graduation I realised that the Environment and Development programme would be an ideal way to set my scientific knowledge into a more social and political context. I was especially glad to be offered a place at Edinburgh as it allowed me to return to my home town.

I hope that this postgraduate degree will expand my knowledge of development practices while introducing me to new topics and providing me with the skills to pursue a career in the development sector. I am especially interested in the ways in which climate change may impact the development of the energy industry. I am also very interested in the gendered aspects of development, at both local and global scale. I am a member of the Hollaback! Edinburgh committee, where I work to raise awareness of the dangers of street harassment, another global issue.

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