Environment Society & Development

Your Course
Global issues of security, development and the environment have never been so important. The COVID-19 pandemic, the broader overstepping of ecological boundaries and the threat of climate change have brought questions of neoliberal economic production, environmental sustainability and human security to the fore. If you would you like to acquire the critical thinking and field-based learning skills that are essential in addressing these challenges, then the innovative and award-winning MA in Environment, Society and Development (MA-ESD) is for you. The MA involves engagement with a number of core areas in international development, critical security studies and political ecology, and will expose you to global concerns that encompass a complex and dynamic mesh of environmental, geopolitical and economic processes. On the programme, you will gain enormously from the field experience of working with NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as a graduate you will have the ability and ambition to activate a wide range of expert critical knowledges in shaping a better world.

Subjects taught

Modules include: Conceptualising Environment, Society and Development; Geopolitics and Security; Environment and Risk; Managing Development, and Field-based Learning.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
QQI Level 8 degree at H2.1 in a relevant subject and H2.2 overall; GPA 3.0, or equivalent international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent, if applicable. Selection is based on academic record, statement of intent and letters of recommendation. Prior learning via relevant work experience is also recognised.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions).


1MES1: 1 year full-time, 1MES2: 2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Our graduates have gone on to work in key governmental, planning and public policy roles in their home countries, and in a wide range of UN agencies and other national and international NGOs. They have also added richly to the work of environmental agencies and specialist policy institutes throughout the globe, as well as pursuing PhD research in leading academic departments worldwide.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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