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Lancaster University

Lancaster , England ,United Kingdom

Environment and Development MSc

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.

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.

Intakes

  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

You will have the opportunity to undertake overseas dissertation fieldwork, encompassing both the natural science and social science aspects of this programme. We have a selection of projects on offer, or you can tailor-make a project to suit your own interests, guided by your dissertation supervisors.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree At least 3 years durtaion and 60% overall, with at least 55% in each year (year 2 onwards)*

* Grades required may vary depending on the institution and the course that you are applying for.