Environmental Geography and International Development

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17.5 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
200 place StudyQA ranking:1028 Duration:36 months You need IELTS certificate

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There is a pressing need for people who can help countries and communities to develop yet are also conversant with environmental implications of such development.

Human societies depend on their physical and natural environment for livelihoods and well being, and development is essential to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions, but this development should be sustainable.

This innovative degree programme explores the varied links between the environment and international development. It focuses on the science and management of natural resources, the effects of environmental change, and the importance of conservation and sustainable development, many of these in both local and global contexts. You will investigate topical issues of environmental change and human development from social, economic, political, environmental, physical or agricultural viewpoints, and will even have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice by spending the autumn semester of your final year either working or studying in the developing world.

This programme is offered jointly by the School of Environmental Sciences and School of International Development. The wide range of course units on offer enables you to tailor this degree to meet your specific interests. It is possible to focus your study on one particular developing region or to apply the principles you will learn across the developing world.

Study Environmental Geography and International Development at UEA and find out the answers to the following questions and many more...

  • What is the geological evidence for climate change?
  • How has the Earth changed over the last 2.5 million years?
  • How does pollution affect human health and well-being?
  • Can we predict the outcome of pollution many years in the future?
  • What is biodiversity?
  • What is the philosophy behind the conservation of biodiversity?
  • How are international environmental treaties formed?
  • What are the political issues preventing a world wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Can we predict future climate change and its effects?
  • How would a volcanic eruption affect the global climate?
  • What drives the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans?
  • What is El Nino?
  • How can we reduce our energy consumption in the western world?
  • What are the environmental impacts of non-fossil fuels?
  • How are the risks of flooding reduced?
  • Can farmed land be managed to promote biodiversity and sustainability?
  • How can the environment be accounted for within an economic system?
  • What happens inside an erupting volcano?
  • Does ozone depletion have any implications for human health?

Field Course Options

Field courses and practical classes are an integral part of training our environmental science students. You will be introduced to many different geological environments, ecological habitats and learn a variety of practical techniques using specialist equipment through the wide range of field courses available.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 17480 Year (Non-EEA)

UK/EU £9,000; International £14,900

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Year 1

In the first year you will take a range of modules to introduce you to a variety of environmental and development issues. You will also gain essential scientific, numerical and analytical skills that will be built upon in the following years.

Year 2

You will continue to build upon the theme of natural and sustainable resources for development with the compulsory modules. You will also be able to choose modules from the substantial range that is available enabling you to specialise in one particular area or maintain a broad spectrum of interests. Some options outside of the School can be taken, allowing you to explore your other interests, for example, a foreign language,politics or a biological subject.

Year 3

You will undertake an independent project in your final year and have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, whilst doing this. You will also continue to be able to choose from a range of optional modules on your return to UEA to complement this time away.

Study Abroad

All students have the opportunity to spend the autumn semester of the final year studying or working in the developing world, whilst simultaneously undertaking an independent research project. Study destinations include Fiji, Mauritius, Vietnam, India, Venezuela, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Lebanon and Egypt. Your time abroad will be spent studying in a related department on an established course of study at an institution recommended by UEA.

Alternatively you can gain first-hand work experience in the developing world by opting for our overseas work experience module. You will be able to benefit from existing links within the School of International Development to arrange placements in teaching, conservation or community care in places such as Peru, Togo, Mongolia, Thailand, Nepal and Kenya.

If overseas experience isnt for you, the independent research project can be completed at UEA during the final year.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 78

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  • A Level: AAA
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 (inc 3 HL subjects at grade 6)
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAA
  • Access Course: See below
  • European Baccalaureate: 85% overall

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
  • PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants are asked to have at least one science based A2-level or equivalent. Acceptable science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics.
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.
Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Science credits.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Mathematics and English at minimum of Grade C or above at GCSE Level.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.


The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

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