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Environment and Development MSc


University of Leeds School of Earth & Environment

Full time September, January MSc 12 months full time

About the course

Sustainable economic development and environmental management are two key challenges facing the Global South. As part of our Environment and Development MSc you will be provided with high-quality interdisciplinary training to help you understand the many perspectives of different actors operating in the Global South.

This Masters is led by the Sustainability Research Institute and brings together a wide range of academic expertise from the School of Earth and Environment, the School of Politics and International Studies, and from the practitioner community.

You will investigate the debates and challenges associated with international development that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable and contribute towards achieving solutions that support this

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in the social sciences such as 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.

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Sandra Mulenga Ponde

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?

During the course of the year my ability to think independently while remaining critical has improved tremendously. This skill has impressed me very much because the whole teaching is centred around developing an independent thinker out of a student and this has been achieved for me. I am most impressed with the teaching style by University of Leeds staff particularly those from school of Earth and Environment Sustainability Research Institute.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

The most exciting project was working on my masters thesis titled policy coherence between the national policy on climate change and climate sensitive sectors in Zambia. Its been exciting because it allowed me to employ and put to practice all the knowledge I had gathered over the past year, it’s amazing how much I have learnt and to have to put it down on paper has been a great achievement for me. My qualitative research skills are quite well developed now, am very pleased with myself

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

It’s positioned me for a promotion to senior ecologist, I have gained research skills that will make a huge impact to my work, having been working as an ecologist for the past 3 years, I now have skills to enhance my extension work since I am quite aware of the interconnected nature of environment and development issues so I am equipped with skills to deal with natural resource management in a holistic manner.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

My year at University of Leeds has been the best year of my life, it’s has definitely been life changing, fun, insightful and simply amazing. Studying at Leeds is amazing but it’s not for the faint hearted. Remain focused, the research, teaching and learning support system will help you improve and as long as you work hard. You will be better, improve and be among the best. Do not change to fit in, university of Leeds is very diverse so you will probably find someone who is into what you are into. Make use of the facilities at the student union.

Read more on our website: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir-record/student-alumni-profiles/867/sandra-mulenga-ponde


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