A tree made of coloured hands illustrating NRI’s diverse degrees with a focus on sustainable development
A tree made of coloured hands illustrating NRI’s diverse degrees with a focus on sustainable development

Despite progress in many aspects of global development over recent decades, 690 million people experienced hunger in 2020. Degradation of our natural resources – land, water, forests, and biodiversity – continues at alarming rates. The food supply chain faces a series of global issues concerning sustainability, safety and innovation.

These challenges are exacerbated by climate change and violent conflicts in many parts of the world. How will we tackle ongoing global challenges? Join our new study programmes:

Climate Change, BSc: Climate change, together with food security and inequality, is a top concern for many around the world; as climate science is reported more in the media, ‘climate literacy’ is becoming ever more important too. This cutting-edge degree offers the skills to assess the impact of our changing climate, to develop solutions to mitigate emissions and adapt to a changing world. This new BSc combines a diverse range of subjects, from land use, water use and energy management to topics in the social sciences and economics, such as law, equity and climate justice, business and trade, and explores the interactions between the atmosphere, the biosphere and the economy that underpin the current mitigation gap and emerging adaptation challenges.

Transformative Change for Sustainable Development, MSc (TC4SD): Tackling serious global challenges and ensuring a sustainable future will require Transformative Change (TC) – change that is disruptive, systemic, occurs at relatively large scales, and involves a reconfiguration of technology, economy, institutions, and society. Our TC4SD MSc provides students with an in-depth understanding of Development Studies theory and practice, including different conceptions of human, societal and environmental changes. Drawing on real-world lessons from various domains, sectors and contexts, students will develop the capacity to critically discuss, analyse, and evaluate TC and develop hands-on skills in sustainable development design and planning, project management, research, and impact evaluation methods.

Applied Food Safety and Quality Management, MSc & Food Innovation, MSc – with Industrial Practice: Our two-year food programmes with Industrial Practice will suit graduates and entrepreneurs who are looking for careers developing safe and sustainable food within the supply chain. Students from both programmes look at cross-cutting aspects and will discover the importance of enhancing sustainability and creativity within food supply chains, the design, implementation and management of food safety and quality systems, and developing new ingredients and products. Our popular programmes include a one-year internship with a relevant employer, preparing graduates for a range of managerial roles. Current students are finding the knowledge and skills gained on the MScs highly relevant when they go into the placement, which are then supplemented by practical experience.