Nature, Society and Environmental Policy is grounded in the conviction that responses to political and environmental challenges requires researchers and practitioners trained in the social sciences, with the ability to think flexibly across disciplinary and sectorial boundaries. This course therefore enables students to develop theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded understanding of the dynamic relations between environment, society and policy.

The syllabus focuses on the profound social, economic and political challenges posed by contemporary environmental change. It recognizes that addressing these challenges requires new ways of thinking, underpinned by intellectual rigor as well as the capacity to think across existing disciplinary boundaries.

This MSc is a UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited programme, which has graduated over 200 students since its' creation. Completing this course equips students with the knowledge and skills to identify and reconsider key questions in environmental governance, enabling students to progress on to careers in research and policy development in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

About the course

Our one-year full-time MSc course aims to help students develop a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded understanding of the dynamic relations between environment, society and policy.

Find out more about the structure of this course, core and elective modules, field trips, meet our teaching staff, and view the current year's course handbook.
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Who should apply, and why

Candidates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply provided that they can demonstrate academic excellence and a passion for the social, economic and political challenges posed by contemporary environmental change.

Find out more about how to apply for this course, fees and funding, how to choose a college and frequently asked questions.
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Info for current students

Course information, timetables, and teaching materials for current students are provided through our Intranet and WebLearn.

Please also see the main University of Oxford Student Gateway for more information.

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The School is currently working to improve alumni relations across its graduate and undergraduate programmes. For more information please see our Alumni webpages.

Contact us

For more info on the course, please contact:

Dr Kersty Hobson

Dr Kersty Hobson
Course Director, MSc in NSEP
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 275862

Please note: The actual course content may vary from the information provided online and should therefore be taken to be indicative rather than tightly prescriptive.