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Environment, Development and Policy MA

Environment, Development and Policy MA

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Environmental Studies Development Politics Development Economics Policy Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This MA highlights the complex relationship between environmental and developmental challenges.

Based in the School of Global Studies, you’ll study in a unique department that encourages you to learn from the Global South as much as from the Global North. You will learn to think critically and practically about the effects different theoretical assumptions and policy approaches have on our ability to manage the relationship between environment, economy, and society.

You will explore a range of critical and practitioner perspectives on environment, development, and policy, drawing from the three main subject areas in the School of Global Studies:

  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • International Relations/International Political Economy.

Our campus is also home to an active student body, hosting frequent debates, lectures, films, and social events around global and political issues.


Our graduates go on to work in national and international development agencies within and beyond government, as well as in NGOs and community organisations.


This module explores a series of environmental issues and challenges through the lens of different political economy approaches. Early sessions survey different ways of thinking about the environment in political economy terms of who wins, who loses, how and why from the prevailing distribution of benefits and burdens of resource use and allocation. Concepts from political economy, political ecology and ecological economics among others are then drawn upon to make sense of the actors, institutions and decision-making procedures at work in a range of key issue areas such as climate change, forests, energy, food and water. We explore key contemporary debates within each of these areas and encourage you to develop your own critical thinking on these issues.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in either the social or natural sciences; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.