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Examine the challenges of promoting healthy environments in the developing world on our MSc Environment and Development course.

The world faces serious and rapidly evolving environmental challenges on a number of fronts and at many levels. Simultaneously, the development of an economically fairer and socio-politically more just world remain paramount. This programme provides analytically rigorous, stimulating and balanced perspectives of the inter-relations between environment and development at the global, regional, national and local levels.

Students learn to critically examine how these challenges have been interpreted and are being addressed by academics, international agencies, government-level policy-makers, nongovernment development actors and of course, 'ordinary' people around the world.

This master's programme:

  • examines the policy challenges in promoting healthy environments in the developing world.
  • provides an analytically rigorous but broadly-based understanding of the inter-relations between environment and development at global, national and local levels.
  • is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in environmental policy and planning in international government and non-governmental organisations, academia and journalism.

Programme specification:

For details of the core modules and structure of the degree, please download the programme specification. Please note, the program specification is subject to change. If you have any questions about changes, please contact us.

For a list of optional modules that may be available to you, please visit the module descriptions page.

For a list of all of our degrees, and information about study within GIIDAE, please see our brochure.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Global environmental change, justice and development
  • Theories and practices of development
  • Ecosystem services
  • Addressing poverty and inequality through social policy
  • Energy, climate change and development

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit:" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">

Visit the Environment and Development MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!