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MSc Environmental Change and International Development

University of Sheffield    Department of Geography

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

Explore the relationship between the environment, international development and social justice, and learn how environmental challenges inform policy and practice.

Course description

Environmental considerations are central to international development theory, policy and practice. Our course gives you an in-depth understanding of the complexities of international development. You'll also explore how society-environment interactions influence international development policy and practice.

You'll develop professional skills, carry out hands-on research during a field class, and you'll complete a placement-based dissertation that links academic theory with development practice.

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Entry Requirements

You'll need a 2:1 or first-class honours degree in an area of the social sciences or medicine.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Other English language qualifications we accept


Home (2022 annual fee) : £11,500
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £26,200

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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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