Sustainable economic development and environmental management are two key challenges facing the world today.
You will be provided with high-quality interdisciplinary training to help you understand the many perspectives on these issues. This Masters is led by the Sustainability Research Institute and brings together a wide range of academic expertise from the School of Earth and Environment, the School of Politics and International Studies, and from the practitioner community.
Investigate the issues associated with achieving development that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable and contribute towards achieving solutions in this topical, fast-growing field.
And gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience, employers require to focus on the issues where the need for sustainable economic development and environmental conservation meet.
The course is ideal if you would like to develop or continue a career in environment and/or development practice, policy, training or research, and/or if you are thinking of working in an international capacity. The Masters will prepare you for work in both the public and private sectors, and within local, national and international institutions. Alternatively, you could pursue a research career or go on to a PhD.
You may also be interested in our Environment and Development with Integrated Fieldwork MSc.
- You have a large degree of flexibility – choose the modules you take and develop your degree in line with your interests and ambitions.
- Carry out a wide range of fieldwork, from a free field course to East Yorkshire, to an overseas trip to Tanzania.
- Learn from experts in the field – our teaching draws on specialist knowledge from practitioner and research communities covering both the natural and social sciences.
- Attend the excellent research seminar series run by the School of Earth and Environment, School of Politics and International Studies, plus those organised in Leeds’ Biology and Geography departments.
Fieldwork forms an integral part of the course, which develops your on-the-ground understanding of how the tools and skills you learn in lectures can be applied.
- In the first semester, you'll visit East Yorkshire for 2 days. Learn about issues affecting sustainable economic development and environmental management in a developed world context.
- In the second semester, you have preferential access (at an additional cost) to the long-established field course in Tanzania. Gain first-hand practical experience and apply classroom-based learning in a developing country context.
- Choose to carry-out fieldwork as part of your final dissertation.
You will be taught by a world-leading team of researchers covering the social sciences, economics, development studies, environmental management and conservation and the natural sciences from within the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Politics and International Studies.
The programme manager Dr Martin Dallimer applies and integrates research techniques from different disciplines, from ecology to economics, to understand and better inform ecosystem management and sustainable development in a human-dominated world.
His work spans both the developing and developed world, and he focuses on Agriculture and land-use change and how that is managed sustainably, and Towns and cities and the role of green infrastructure for their sustainable development.
Other academics who teach on the course are members of the Priestley Centre for Climate, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Choice Modelling Centre, Centre for Global Development, Sustainable Cities Group and Water@Leeds.
Instructors are also active in national and international research and policy fora, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the The Economics of Land Degradation.