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Environment and Development (MSc)

Course Description

The world faces serious and rapidly evolving environmental challenges on a number of fronts and at many levels.

Simultaneously, commitments to the development of an economically fairer and sociopolitically more just world remain paramount. This course provides analytically rigorous, stimulating and balanced perspectives of the inter-relations between environment and development at the global, regional, national and local levels. You will learn to critically examine how these challenges have been interpreted and are being addressed by academics, international agencies, government-level policymakers and non-government development actors.

In particular, you will be equipped with the requisite analytical and conceptual skills to understand the drivers of change, the connections and the trade-offs between concerns about the changing environment and different development agendas and priorities.

The course is specifically designed for students interested in pursuing careers in development planning and environmental policy in international agencies, national and local government sector employment and in NGOs, academia, policy think-tanks and in journalism. Students with backgrounds in either the applied sciences or social sciences are encouraged to apply. This course has been labelled by Climate-KIC – a Knowledge and Innovation Community that works with existing and relevant Master’s courses to enhance them with complementary learning.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/agriculture-pg/msc-environment-and-development.aspx

Modules include:

• Perspectives on Development
• Global Environmental Change and Development
• Resource and Environmental Economics
• Energy, Climate Change and Development
• Research and Study Skills for Independent Learning.

Transferable Skills

The course requires a substantial amount of independent reading, research and study. Students are expected to take personal responsibility and show initiative in developing their knowledge and understanding of the field of Environment and Development. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance and develop their communication (both oral and written), presentation, information handling and problem solving skills. Students will learn to work independently, under time pressures, and will expected to set priorities and manage their time in order to meet strict deadlines. Career planning, via choice of modules, will be an integral part of the course.

What career can you have?

Our master's courses are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, marketing within the food chain and policy. We provide dedicated employability support through career workshops and have developed a personal and professional development module for international students. Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provide many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements and the research dissertation are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. Our graduates find employment within government departments, non-governmental organisations, international agencies, the media, academia and commercial companies. Some use a master's course to transition into a new career as independent consultants or as a study break from employment. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to please visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae

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

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(Student Profile)

James McQuilken

'The MSc in Environment and Development has provided me with a concrete understanding of the key theories, debates, and discourses of international development past and present. Whilst selecting particular modules has provided me with a detailed working knowledge of relevant issues ranging from food security, governance, and communication to artisanal mining – with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and taught by academics that are engaging and at the top of their fields. The great variety of student backgrounds has enabled me to understand how theories effect people in reality, make some fantastic friends and contacts, and learn from my peers.

I have developed my time management, presentation, and essay writing skills significantly and enjoyed engaging with the literature critically. These skills and my time at GIIDAE have, in no doubt, prepared me for a career in development – whether it be a working for an NGO, government agency, development consultant, inter alia, or continued study for a PhD.'

(Student Profile)

Rosa Palli

'Studying at GIIDAE is a unique experience to thrive in a completely mulitcultural environment and an extremely enriching opportunity to learn from people all from all over the world.'


Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply

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