Environment and Development (MSc)
This MSc in Environment and Development aims to investigate, question and explore alternatives to the prevailing tensions and interdependencies between development and socio-ecological systems. This MSc in Environment and Development aims to investigate, question and explore alternatives to the prevailing tensions and interdependencies between development and socio-ecological systems. It will consider the lived experiences of development and socio-ecological change, paying attention to different periods and multiple outcomes.
You will study the many problems resulting from the narrow search for economic growth which ignores wider socio-ecological requirements and responsibilities. The focus will be on exploring the fundamental connections between socio-economic demands and mounting environmental impacts and risks in both the Global North and the Global South.
The programme provides an opportunity to review: tendencies to convert nature into resources and private property; the formulation and implementation of environmental regulation; the commitments and failures of the apparatus of the state; the interaction between socio-economic sectors, groups and communities; and the political reaction and alliances across different geographical scales, countries and locations. You will consider how the development appeal continues to influence governments, social groups and international relations, but at the same time generates uneven, short-term gains and long-lasting impacts. You will also discuss the limitations of policies influenced by environmentalism and narrow sustainability agendas which commonly fail to address wider social, political and economic expectations.
During the programme, you will have the opportunity to base your dissertation research around workplace activities – for example, it could be developed in consultancy organisations, public authorities or international development agencies.
This is an optional element and the placement would need to be self-sourced (often an internship you have arranged).
Placements are sometimes advertised through the School and these would be open for application on a competitive basis. The placement itself will not be assessed although work deriving from the placement may be linked to coursework (e.g. the dissertation).
Application Processing Time in Days: 30
Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
Job Opportunity Potential
After the completion of the programme, you will be able to work in a wide range of development and environmental management careers, including jobs in public, private and Third Sector organisations. This can involve policy-making (for instance, on natural resources, energy, transport, urban and rural planning, agri-food or environmental conservation), consultancy on local and international development, or environmental regulation, project management.
You will also be well-positioned to undertake further study towards an academic career in development and environmental studies.
- 2 Years PSW
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants will normally hold a 2:2 Honours degree in a relevant subject area, or a University-recognised equivalent academic qualification, or have appropriate professional experience. Relevant subjects include Geography, Sociology, Politics or Economics, Environmental Engineering/Science/Design.
- Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 5.5 in all other subskills, or an accepted equivalent.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
- Duration: 01 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
Application Fee: N/A
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