Environment And Development Msc

Lancaster University

Program Overview

The need for sustainable development is a global concern. This interdisciplinary, flexible Masters degree prepares you to address the challenges faced in safeguarding natural resources, livelihoods and the alleviation of development problems.

This programme is ideal for those with a natural sciences background wishing to focus on environmental science with a perspective of social science, and for those who plan a career in international development or in an environmental field, in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors.

You will be based within one of the largest groups of geographers, resource management specialists and environmental scientists in the UK whose specialities span the social and natural sciences. Modules will be taught by world-leading researchers.

You will complete six taught modules and a dissertation research project, with individual supervision from a research-active expert. On this MSc you will take one core module “Perspectives in Environment and Development”, and five optional modules, of which at least three must be natural-sciences focused. Those who prefer a social-science focused programme are advised to take the MA Political Ecology.

We offer great flexibility with over 30 optional modules to choose from, spanning the social and natural sciences, and with the opportunity to gain key practical skills that are valued by employers, such as environmental analysis of development projects, data analysis and programming, geo-informatics and auditing. This enables you to construct a degree that fits your interests and career ambitions and to put your learning in a wider cultural context.

Your dissertation project forms a substantial part of your Masters degree. It will enhance your practical and analytical skills and give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a real-world challenge. Dissertation topics are available in both environmental and development themes. A combination of natural and social science elements is popular, and you are free to devise your own tailor-made project, in collaboration with your dissertation supervisor. Our research projects and partners across the globe provide exciting possibilities for overseas fieldwork opportunities when you are choosing your dissertation topic.


LancasterUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 25,700


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 87

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Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.


  • Dissertation Project (60 credit)
  • Perspectives on Environment and Development
  • Planning Independent Research


  • Approaches to Political Ecology
  • Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment
  • Catchment Protection (field course)
  • Climate Change and Society
  • Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts
  • Conflict, Security and War
  • Conservation Biology
  • Contaminated Land and Remediation
  • Data Analysis and Programming Skills
  • Data assimilation and integration
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Encountering Political Ecology
  • Environmental Governance and Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Law
  • Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
  • Geoinformatics
  • Geological Hazards
  • Global Change and the Earth System
  • Globalisation and Democratisation
  • Habitat Management
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • Lake Ecology
  • Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations
  • Methods in Science and Technology Studies
  • Modelling Environmental Processes
  • Numerical Skills
  • Renewable Energy
  • Soil Science
  • The Rights of Peoples
  • Theorising Security and War
  • Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • Using the National Vegetation Classification
  • Wildlife Monitoring Techniques

Academic Requirements

  • 2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or similar.
  • We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

English Language Requirements

  • We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.
  • We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. 

Full Time (per year)    

International - £25,700    

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