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Environment, Development and Politics MSc

Environment, Development and Politics MSc

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Full time | University of Birmingham | 12 months | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Studies Development Politics

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc in Environment, Development and Politics takes a novel approach to training in environment and development by recognising the importance of power and politics at all levels of decision-making.

Environmental opportunities and challenges are closely intertwined with international development, and understanding of the causes, nature and consequences of environmental issues is essential for anyone working to promote positive change in the livelihoods of the poor.

Power and politics fundamentally influence how the environment is recognised, protected and benefited from. Recognising this, the MSc Environment, Development and Politics takes a novel approach to training in environment and development by highlighting the importance of power and politics at all levels of decision-making, from the local to the global. The programme is therefore delivered in conjunction with the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS).


The knowledge and skills gained in the programme will equip graduates for jobs in international, national and local government and non-governmental organizations, think tanks and consultancies.


This course examines the variety of environmental problems and their causes to date, with an emphasis on the politics of cooperation/governance in the environmental sphere. It covers the topic broadly to examine the different effects of environmental deterioration on human prosperity, the variety of challenges posed by different environmental problems, as well as the links of environmental issues with other important areas of international politics, such as security, development and trade. There is a strong emphasis on institutions and governance structures, as well as important actors that shape the politics of governance in this important global politics issue.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.2) or A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience. Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.

University information

The University of Birmingham - part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities in the UK – has been helping to develop the next generation of leaders, push boundaries of innovation and challenge existing thinking for over 100 years - and it continues to grow stronger. The university has a vibrant and diverse community of students, with the 14,000 strong academic community coming to the city from over 150 countries. Impressively, over...more