The MSc 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 International Development Department is well-regarded internationally by sponsors, donor agencies, governments and NGOs. Study with us to benefit from:

  • Expertise in key issues and skills valued by employers
  • A vibrant, welcoming community
  • Individual overseas fieldwork or study visit included in fees (on-campus programmes)
  • Flexible programmes and a wide choice of modules (part-time students also welcome)
  • A diverse and international student body
  • Strong support in study and English language skills

Each programme is taught by a team of multi-disciplinary specialists who work closely with students to address individual interests and concerns. Every student is allocated an academic tutor to support them in their academic progress throughout the year. The department has a long history of teaching students from across the world, and recent students have come from 99 different countries and a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds.

 

Why Study this Course?

This is a very novel programme in its title, content and approach. Its novelty arises from:

  • Attention to how power and politics affects environment and development.
  • How power and politics affects decision-making from the local to the global.
  • The range of environment and development issues and situations covered, from global climate change negotiations to community-based natural resource management.
  • There is a wide range of optional modules to choose from, not only from within IDD and POLSIS, but from across the University.
  • Students can undertake individual fieldwork for their dissertations in an area and on a topic of their choice, subject to agreement with their supervisor. This provides a great opportunity to investigate an issue of interest, gain field experience and create networks essential for career development.

The programme does not assume any prior knowledge of environment, development or politics and welcomes applications from candidates who meet the admissions criteria.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

MSc Environment, Development and Politics

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught

Credits 

180

Course

CODE P1096

How long it takes:

12 months full time, 24 months part time (part time options only available to UK/EU students)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Department:

Newcastle Law School

This pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MSc content from a wide range of optional modules.

The programme has three 20 credit core modules:

  • 20 credits – International Development 
  • 20 credits – Global Environmental Governance 
  • 20 credits – Environment and Sustainable Development 

Students take a further 60 taught credits. 

Students also complete a 60 credit dissertation, which may be undertaken with individual fieldwork, with a contribution towards the cost of this from the tuition fee.

See the module choices in:

You may also select modules from other departments when this makes sense within your programme of study. You are advised to discuss module choices with your programme director at the beginning of the academic year.

 

  • Authoritarianism and Development
  • Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
  • Conflict and Development
  • Democracy and Development
  • Development Cooperation Beyond Aid
  • Development in Practice
  • Development Policy and Politics
  • Development Projects and Programmes
  • Disability and Inclusive Development
  • Disaster Management
  • Economics for Development Practitioners
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Governance and Statebuilding
  • Human Resource Development Policy
  • Human Resource Management and Development
  • International Development
  • Making Policy
  • Non-Governmental Organisations and Development
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Poverty, Inequality and Development
  • Public Economic Management
  • Public Financial Management
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Public Sector Reform
  • Rural Poverty and Development
  • Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
  • Urban Poverty and Policy

Social Science research modules

  • Introduction to Social Science Research
  • Social Research Methods I
  • Social Research Methods II
  • Research Design
  • A number of Short Intensive training modules are also available 

Additional module choices

Other modules throughout the School of Government include:

  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Local Government Studies

All modules are 20 credits and are available as options on postgraduate taught POLSIS programmes where the module is not compulsory.

 
International relations theory  Governing British Capitalism International Political Economy
Globalisation and Governance Diplomacy and Statecraft Diplomatic History
Security Studies US foreign and defence policy Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
Radical Social Theory  Politics and the State Rising Powers and Global Order
Global Environmental Governance Terrorism and Political Violence Sex, Death Gender and (in)security
Gender and Global Governance Ethnic Conflict and its management: theories and cases Politics of Arab-Isreali conflict
Varieties of Politics Arguing against Tyranny Problems in Contemporary Political Theory
Dilemmas in International Relations Authoritarianism and Development [IDD]* Democracy and Development [IDD]*
Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics Global Cooperation in Practice Political Psychology of Conflict and Cooperation
Asian Pacific Security Post-conflict Peacebuilding and the International Order

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300

   

Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

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.