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  Environment and Development - MSc

University of Leeds    School of Earth & Environment

Full time September MSc 1 year full time
Environmental Sciences (13) Geography (17)

About the course

Sustainable development and environmental management are two key challenges faced by the Global South. It’s a topical and fast-growing field — with a lot of opportunities to make a real difference in the world.

Our Environment and Development MSc will give you the platform to investigate the debates and challenges associated with international development and how to achieve environmentally, socially and economically sustainable solutions for the future.

As part of our Environment and Development MSc degree, you'll be provided with high-quality interdisciplinary training in the operations of the Global South, alongside teaching in environmental policy, political ecology and global inequalities.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in social sciences such as (but not limited to) international development, geography, politics, sociology, environmental management, sustainability, in environmental science or in a related subject.

Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.


UK: £13,250 (Total)
International: £28,750 (Total)

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Student Profile

Kolade Victor Otokiti

Kolade Victor Otokiti is a postgraduate student at the school of Earth and Environment, studying an Environment and Development MSc.

Sustainable initiatives:

During his studies, Kolade has participated in three noteworthy conferences. Most recently, he attended the ESRI User Conference: GIS-Mapping Common Ground where he learned about the most recent ArcGIS advancements and useful tips for sustainability projects.

“I also contributed significantly to a study entitled ‘Recondite Issues Shaping Urban Food Supply and Food Security During Covid-19 Emergency in Nigeria,’ the abstract of which was presented at the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity's Towards the Post-Pandemic City Online Conference.”

Making a difference:

The programme offers one-of-a-kind opportunities for comprehending and applying integrated frameworks, concepts, and policies to address the current and imminent challenges arising from our everyday actions and foster sustainable development.

During the ‘Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development’ module, Kolade employed the political ecology approach to investigate the relationship between payment for ecosystem services and poverty reduction in developing countries.

“This study sheds light on how human-nature relationships within the ecological context might be exploited to address global inequality and poverty.”

Contributing to change:

“The program's extensive curriculum is designed to provide students with skills and insights to assist them in facing environmental problems in their various manifestations today and in the future.”

On a personal front, the programme satisfies Kolade’s intrinsic thirst for interdisciplinary knowledge and allows him to gain specialised training relevant to his career interests.

“Coming from an Urban and Regional Planning background, I have learnt advanced GIS application through intensive hands-on practicals and assignments to map and address many environmental issues, including flooding and sea-level rise…

…I have the privilege of drawing on the faculty's expert knowledge in developing a robust understanding of climate impact causation, impact and vulnerability assessment methods, and adaptation strategies.”


Year of entry: 2023-24

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% tuition fee reduction


International applicants. See eligibility criteria for details.

Application Procedure

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate         outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

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