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Environmental Futures MSc

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Full time | University of Leicester | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This is for you if... you want to develop critical, applied understanding of contemporary environmental challenges and prospective solutions, drawing on theories, approaches and methods from across Geography and Earth Sciences.

Course description

Contemporary environmental challenges - from climate change to plastics pollution, deforestation, habitat and species loss, pandemics and growing environmental injustices - affect us all across diverse scales, cultures and geographies. They increasingly demand new ways of thinking, grounded in cutting-edge research, to enable us to move forward into more equitable and sustainable futures.

This course was created in response to this need. It brings together internationally recognised research groups and scholars from the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment to provide you with a critical appreciation of these multiple, intersecting challenges and the nature and politics of potential solutions.

Through a range of core and optional modules, you will engage with:

  • contemporary human geography thinking around environmental challenges, knowledges and futures
  • the emergent, interdisciplinary concept of the Anthropocene and its applications
  • contemporary and paleo-climatic and earth systems modelling
  • and the pernicious challenge of pollutants e.g. plastics in the environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop skills in GIS, Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, as well as a range of creative geographical methods, and in the real world application of these tools to the management of diverse environmental challenges. You will gain high-level skills in research design and implementation through an individual dissertation, and you will gain a firm grounding in ethics and the development of equitable research partnerships.

Careers and employability

This course is designed to train students from a range of academic backgrounds in contemporary critical debates and challenges which shape our environmental futures. It will equip students with fresh perspectives and ways of seeing and responding to these challenges, through its inter and multi-disciplinary approach. It aims to produce graduates capable of undertaking insightful, ethical research on these issues, drawing on a range of tools and methods, and of contributing professionally in pertinent fields. This course will thus provide you with a range of subject specific and transferable skills pertinent to careers in research, academia and a range of public sector, consultancy, NGO and other applications.


Dissertation - Core

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Entry requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Non-standard qualification or professional experience in a relevant area may be considered.

University information

For a century, the University of Leicester has been home to great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking work of the university’s expert research groups, postgraduate students will tackle the emerging social, economic, political, and scientific issues head-on and set the agenda where others simply follow....more