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Transformative Change for Sustainable Development, MSc

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.

Campus

Medway

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2022/23 fees

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
  • You will receive one-to-one tutoring 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’.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

At NRI, we maintain professional high standards and place the student experience at the heart of everything we do. Over 80 of our academics publish work in leading international journals, with 22 professors involved in research leadership. Many of our staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

The course leader is  Dr Md Mofakkarul Islam.

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Entry requirements

If you are

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 fes-courseinfo@gre.ac.uk.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Teaching

This course is taught by lectures, seminars, visits and fieldworks, IT/computer lab sessions, supervised research, and guided studies. You also take an independent research project. This gives you the opportunity to carry out original research in a well-equipped department, supported by staff with diverse interests and experience.

Class sizes

We limit class sizes to enhance the learning experience. The average class size on this course is around 10 students per year. Class size depends on your choice of optional modules.

Independent learning

Our courses are designed to give you the space for exploratory and independent study. You'll work towards individual and group assignments and undertake the preparation/follow-up work associated with lectures, seminars, integrative assignments and IT/computer lab sessions.

A research skills module will shape your approach to independent learning, especially for your research project.

We encourage students to take advantage of a range of related extra-curricular opportunities. The faculty hosts regular seminars from NRI staff and external visitors on a range of diverse topics.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Assessment

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.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date.

Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Each academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Our interdisciplinary MSc will make you employment ready for opportunities in government and NGOs worldwide, as managers, policy makers and researchers who can analyse, facilitate, plan, and lead transformative change towards sustainable development.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. This includes an Employer Partnerships Manager, who works with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities.

Our team will also help you understand the jobs market, produce effective CVs, and prepare for a graduate job and placement applications in your final year.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We allocate you a personal tutor, who you meet soon after you join the department. Their role is to support your personal and academic development and act as your point of contact for queries or problems.

Support from the department

We help new students over the first few weeks with our faculty and department induction. This covers the first week of term 1 (September) and term 2 (January).

We'll also help you discover the academic and social landscape at Medway Campus.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.