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Psychology + environment/sustainability msc?

Hello!

I was recently looking at masters degrees, and wondering whether anyone knows if there’s any course which combines psychology and the environment (sustainability/climate change/anything along those lines). I’m having a really hard time looking for any and any help would be much appreciated

Thanks !
Original post by studyholmes
Hello!

I was recently looking at masters degrees, and wondering whether anyone knows if there’s any course which combines psychology and the environment (sustainability/climate change/anything along those lines). I’m having a really hard time looking for any and any help would be much appreciated

Thanks !

Hi @studyholmes,

Masters programmes tend to be more specialised than undergraduate degrees so there are usually fewer joint/cross-subject choices, especially on taught courses. This may be why you're struggling to find a programme that offers both Environmental Studies and Psychology.

That isn't to say, however, that you can't look at the environment when studying on a Psychology MSC programme, or that you can't look at the psychology of climate change/sustainability when studying on an Environmental programme. Most MA programmes will, at the very least, have an option for an independent research project that, with appropriate supervisory support, might let you explore both elements of interest. Plus there may well be optional modules that lean into the interdisciplinary nature of both fields.

At Keele, for example, we don't offer a joint Psychology and Environment programme but we do have a strong ethos of sustainability running through many of our programmes. So we have a couple of options that might interest you.

The first is our dedicated MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology (https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduatestudy/postgraduatecourses/environmentalsustainabilityandgreentechnology/), which includes optional modules that look at the socio-economic side of environmental studies, as well as the option for an independent research project.

The second is our MSc in Psychology and Health Inequalities (https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduatestudy/postgraduatecourses/psychologyandhealthinequalities/), which currently has an optional module that examines the UN Sustainable Development goals in terms of global health inequalities. As with the Environmental Sustainability programme, there's also an independent research project as a component of the course, as well as placement options.

If you're not sure whether the courses would offer you the flexibility you're looking for, get in touch with the team at Keele and enquire. Having worked with some MSc students from across both disciplines, I know interdisciplinary research is possible so it's always worth having a chat with course leaders/tutors to see what possibilities are out there.

Hope that helps!

Amy Louise :smile:

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