University of Greenwich

Degree level: Postgraduate

MSc Transformative Change for Sustainable Development (Taught)

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Course summary

How will we tackle ongoing global challenges? Join our new MSc programme – Transformative Change for Sustainable Development. Transformative change is widely advocated by global organisations, such as the United Nations, as a roadmap towards a more sustainable future. Despite progress in many aspects of global development over recent decades, 690 million people experienced hunger in 2020. Degradation of our natural resources – land, water, forests, and biodiversity – continues at alarming rates. These challenges are exacerbated by climate change and violent conflicts in many parts of the world. Tackling these challenges and ensuring a sustainable future will require Transformative Change (TC) – change that is disruptive, systemic, occurs at relatively large scales, and involves a reconfiguration of technology, economy, institutions, and society. Our Transformative Change for Sustainable Development MSc will provide you with an in-depth understanding of Development Studies theory and practice, including different conceptions of human, societal and environmental changes. Drawing on real-world-lessons from various domains (economic, environmental, social, and institutional), sectors (agri-food, energy, education, and financial services) and contexts (developing and developed countries), you will develop the capacity to critically discuss, analyse, and evaluate TC. You will develop hands-on skills in sustainable development design and planning, project management, research, and impact evaluation methods, and familiarity with systems modelling and relevant software. The MSc will enhance your communication, networking and community-engagement skills. What you should know about this course

  • This MSc course is run by the Natural Resources Institute – a specialist organisation with a focus on development-related research, teaching, consultancy, and community engagement
  • Receive personalised teaching from a team of world-leading researchers and development practitioners with experience of working with the World Bank, UN, CGIAR, NGOs, etc
  • NRI’s extensive global networks & ongoing research projects in 30+ countries will provide you with opportunities for practitioner-based learning through placements & fieldwork
  • You will receive one-to-one care and mentoring and be part of a vibrant and diverse postgraduate student community
  • Course content is focused not only on what the world’s sustainable development challenges and potential solutions are, but also on ‘how to make changes happen’.

Assessment method

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, such as: Assignments based on problem solving and analytical tasks Essays, reports and presentations (oral, podcasts, videos, etc.) A final dissertation which is required to achieve the MSc.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a ‘minimum’ of an Upper Second Class (2:1) Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., development studies, geography, environmental studies, agriculture and related subjects, economics, social sciences, and business studies). A Lower Second Class (2:2) degree may be considered if the applicant has relevant work experience or could demonstrate a strong motivation with supportive references . * Applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Please email the Programme Leader at [email protected]

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
EU £15100 Year 1
International £15100 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees were set for the 2022/23 intake. Therefore, this may change for the 2023/24 academic year. Please follow this link for more information
MSc Transformative Change for Sustainable Development at University of Greenwich - UCAS