Effective education and communication are crucial in addressing contemporary environmental challenges including the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity.
Environmental Sustainability Education and Communication (MSc) is an exciting collaboration between our Departments of Education and Environment and Geography and will equip you with the skills to lead change in your future career. You’ll develop participatory, inclusive and creative approaches to formal and non-formal education, and critically reflect on how these approaches can contribute to social and environmental justice, and to environmental care and repair.
Our course will empower you to take action, lead change and negotiate difference in constructive ways, drawing on approaches from philosophical dialogue to problem-based learning.
The Department of Environment and Geography is a top 15 research department, and our research is ranked joint second in the UK for impact, according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021).
The Department of Education is ranked 5th in the UK for research according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021).
Our programme is an offer from Environmental Sustainability at York, a collaboration between research, teaching, policy, and our campus operations; spanning disciplines across the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences – and involving partners locally, nationally and globally.
You'll take core modules and choose one option module from an interdisciplinary range between the Departments of Education and Environment and Geography. In the summer, you'll write a dissertation focusing on environmental sustainability education or communication.
You will also study one option module. Examples may include:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
You will complete an 12,000-word dissertation as part of this MSc. Your dissertation will focus on environmental sustainability education or communication.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|International and EU
|Full-time (1 year)
Students on a Student Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
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We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
Our staff collaborate with a broad range of private and public organisations including UNEP, DEFRA, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Overseas Development Institute and Willis Global Insurance Broker
We host the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice, meaning you will have opportunities to connect with researchers and students from across the world.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, capabilities, opportunities, and support you need for growth and leadership in environmental sustainability education and communication.
You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and scenarios, workshops and online learning.
You'll spend time working on your own, reading assigned texts and researching supporting materials, as well as working with others to research, discuss and present your ideas.
There will also be opportunities to attend seminars from visiting scholars on a wide variety of educational topics.
This programme is an offer from Environmental Sustainability at York. You will be based in the Department of Education and the Department of Environment and Geography on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Types of assessments used throughout this course include:
This course is suitable if you are aiming for a sustainability related role in the for-profit or not-for-profit sectors and education settings. The range of opportunities for developing a career in this area of practice is growing.
|.2.1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any subject or equivalent professional experience.
|Other international qualifications
|Equivalent qualifications from your country
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)
|6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
|B2 First: 176, with 169 in each component
|7, minimum 6 in each component
|120, minimum 105 in all other components
|B2 with 33/50 in each component
|70 with a minimum of 65 in each component
|459-494, with 426-458 in all other components
|Skills for English
|B2: Merit overall, with Pass with Merit in each component
|61, minimum 55 in each component
|87, minimum of 21 in each component
|Trinity ISE III
|Merit in all components
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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