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MSc Environmental Change and International Development

University of Sheffield Department of Geography

Full time September MSc 1 year FT

About the course

Course description

This course brings together geography, environmental and development studies expertise to engage with the challenges of environmental change in the Global South. You’ll explore contemporary theory, policy and practice. There are three elements to your study: training in development research methods and professional skills, training in specialised subject areas, and a placement-based research dissertation.


There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups.


You’ll be assessed on your coursework assignments and a dissertation.

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.


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Course Content

Where is University of Sheffield


Student Profile(s)

Mei Feng

Where were you/what were you doing before coming to Sheffield?

I was working as the China/Program Officer in the Secretariat of Australia-China Environment Development Program (ACEDP) funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Prior to this I had completed my BA in Foreign Languages and Literature.

Why did you apply for this course?

I felt it was relevant to my previous technical background and the placement module is unique and attractive and I was fortunate to gain funding from the Chevening Scholarship which is co-sponsored by the university.

What has been the highlight of the course?

The field trip to Kenya and the forthcoming placement in Rome are both exciting and valuable experiences that can contribute to academic and practical skills improvement as well as professional portfolio enhancement.

What has it been like studying here?

The department has a quiet and friendly environment.

What would be the one bit of advice you would give to someone coming to study at Sheffield?

To be prepared for academic pressure and look forward to self-improvement.

Rachael Low

There are so many opportunities to gain real work experiences through the field class and dissertation with placements. Not many masters courses offer this so it is definitely one of the strongest elements of the course. Eventually I would like to combine my background in economics with international development and work in policy.

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