Environment and Development

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Environment and Development

Environmental challenges and development concerns are high on the international policy agenda. Our MSc Environment and Development program encourages you to consider the politicised interconnections between socio-economic demands (the search for growth) and environmental degradation, as well as the tensions between the state and society’s outlooks.

We cover a wide range of environment and development challenges or but you can also choose to focus on certain substantive fields (such as economic sectors, natural resources, public services, governance issues, environmental management or urban and rural regions). You’ll develop your critical thinking skills and ability to examine the justification, trends and limitations of conventional responses to prevailing tensions and mounting challenges.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as geography, sociology, politics or economics, environmental engineering/science/design, or an equivalent international degree
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
  • or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference. The reference must be from your employer to evidence that you currently work in an area relevant to the program. This should be signed, dated and less than six months old at the time you submit your application.

English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please check the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Core modules for year one

  • Development and Urbanisation Processes
  • Environmental Policy and Climate Change
  • Principles and Practices of Environmental Governance
  • Environment and Development
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK: £9,450 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £20,700 per year

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • a critical understanding of theoretical debates, ideological constructions and application of development models, taking into account key dynamics in environmental change, public policies and regulation and exploring alternatives and opportunities.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • independent and critical understanding of the multiple interactions between environment and development from a theoretical, methodological and practical point of view;
  • advanced skills in independent research and analysis (including formulating and carrying out a critical research agenda);
  • advanced knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods and associated data management and analysis;
  • critical appreciation and interpretation of theoretical debates and empirical data.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to analyse the problems of the interface between development and environmental change and begin to identify potential responses and alternatives within policy and regulatory frameworks

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to organise, analyse and critically present complex ideas and evidence orally and in written form;
  • the ability to work independently;
  • the ability to work collaboratively in groups and to plan and conduct empirical research

Continuing studies

You will also be well-positioned to undertake further study towards an academic career in development and environmental studies.

Career paths

After the completion of the program, 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.

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Phone no: +442920874432

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