MPhil in Environment, Society & Development
Master of Philosophy Degree Course
Full-time, 9 months
Important note: The MPhil information on this website is for guidance only and it may be subject to change.
The MPhil degree in Environment, Society and Development (ESD) aims to provide students with conceptual tools for understanding the complex interplay of economic, political, social and environmental change. While these are global issues, the course has a strong (but not exclusive) focus on less industrialised countries, drawing upon the department's research strengths in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, the Circumpolar regions and Melanesia.
The MPhil was first established in 1991. In the academic year 2011-12 it was rested and re-designed, and re-launched for October 2012. It now makes more effective use of synergies with new Masters programmes in the Department and cognate Centres and Departments across the University.
We aim to admit about 15 students per year for the ESD course. It is designed for graduates with a specific knowledge of and interest in the interplay of environment, society and development. It seeks to provide a substantive exploration of the theory and practice of environmental management and development. The course is aimed at both experienced mature students and highly-motivated younger graduates planning a career in research or in environment and/or development work. Former students have been very successful in gaining jobs in related areas, including environmental consultancy, international environmental and/or development organisations, local government, the media, and further training and education.