This programme provides a solid grounding in the interlinked fields of current Environmental concerns and Development issues, the integration of which is critical if sustainable development is to be practiced in the UK and worldwide. The extensive breadth of disciplines covered within LEC provides a research environment that allows this programme to offer a large variety of modules in both environmental and development specialisms, taught by staff who are internationally recognised in their fields. The course would be of interest to anyone whose interests or career aspirations are directed towards addressing the challenges faced in safeguarding the planet's ecosystems and improving the social and physical environments in which impoverished communities live. The programme is suitable for students with both a natural or social science background as the choice of modules allows the programme to be tailored towards an individual's interests and focus.
You will graduate with either an MA or an MSc, depending on your choice of dissertation topic. Dissertation topics are offered in both environmental and developmental themes, with options for fieldwork both in the UK and abroad. We currently have dissertation projects on offer in Asia, Africa and South America, usually working with universities and NGOs in the host countries (for example The University of Zambia; The University for Development Studies, Ghana; Green Living Movement, Zambia; University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Tribhuvan and Kathmandu Universities, Nepal; Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India; Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China, to name but a few). This optional overseas dimension to the programme provides vital experience for those intending to enter employment in the overseas development sector. Partial financial support is available for some overseas dissertation projects.
This programme offers an excellent opportunity for you to combine a depth of focus in your chosen specialism, with a breadth of focus in environmental and developmental issues. Such interlinked knowledge is a key requirement if you are interested in following a career path addressing environment and development issues, in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors.