MA Sustainable Development
UCAS code: HL23
Duration: 4 years
School: Social and Political Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
You will study two compulsory courses. The first will introduce the concept and principles of sustainable development, and the second will consider the way that science and technology shape the relationship between humans and the environment.
You will also choose a main subject area – geography, politics, international relations, sociology or social anthropology – and take two courses from this subject. You will select two further options from a wide range from across the University.
In semester 1, you will study issues of international development planning, policy, and aid. In semester 2 you will explore key topics and theories of sustainable development from an interdisciplinary perspective.
You will also continue to study courses from your main subject area, and two other courses from a wide choice.
You will take two compulsory courses. The first explores and appraises a range of actual and proposed methods of responding to sustainability challenges. The second is a fieldwork-based sustainable development course. You will choose honours-level options in your main subject area, and study courses from other related disciplines, as well as receiving research training.
You will undertake a dissertation on a real-world sustainable development issue, with guidance from a supervisor. You will also choose honours-level options in both your main subject area, and from other related disciplines.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching is primarily based at facilities in the centrally located George Square campus although there will be opportunities to take courses in other parts of the University, including the Kings' Buildings site. You will have access to the University's computer facilities and libraries.
There are opportunities to study abroad during Year 3 through the University's Erasmus and international exchange programmes.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and fieldwork.
How will I be assessed?
The programme is assessed through exams, coursework, tutorial participation and project work.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Graduates of this programme will be in demand in the growth areas of environmental management, environmental education and teaching, development and environment campaigning and NGO work, national, international, and local government, environmental politics, environmental auditing, corporate social responsibility, risk management and sustainable citizenship.
Typical offer range
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
The access threshold for a contextual offer is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
Detailed requirements for all applicants
To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
- A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
- IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
- IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate Grade C
- IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
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You may incur some small additional costs in Year 3 for compulsory field trips. These costs will vary depending on the location of the trips and, if payable, would be small transport costs for day trips in south east Scotland.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.