University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development

University of Manchester, Faculty of Humanities

The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in both research and teaching. Our core aim is to understand, and improve the uneven relationships between society, economy, and the environment.

SEED is a working collaboration between five interrelated specialisms: Architecture, Education, Geography, the Institute of Development Policy and Management, and Planning and Environmental Management.  As a school, we encourage each area to retain their own character while developing our combined, interdisciplinary presence.

We are a school of substantial size and diversity with a large and diverse population of talented academic staff, students and researchers. Many of our academic staff have worked and researched both in the UK and overseas, and that experience feeds into our teaching. Indeed, our staff are as international as our teaching itself, with Asia, North America and mainland Europe as well as the UK all represented in our teaching body.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes

The School of Environment, Education and Development aims to attract the best students to study in Manchester. Our programmes are long established and build on excellence in both teaching and research within the School. Our alumni are highly employable, qualified in their subject areas and proficient in the skills employers are seeking.

The School offers 18 undergraduate programmes, over 60 postgraduate masters programmes, and 3 professional doctorates. SEED is also an increasingly popular choice for PhD students, thanks to the School's seven world-class doctoral programmes in Architecture, Education, Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, Development Policy and Management, and Human and Physical Geography.

Student Support and Facilities

The School is housed in the state-of-the-art Arthur Lewis Building, built in 2007 and located at the heart of the University Campus. The building is equipped with dedicated postgraduate PC clusters, study space, modern research laboratories and a coffee bar, and the John Rylands Library, one of the largest of its kind in the UK, is just a short walk away.

All research, academic and professional training programmes in SEED are assisted by a team of skilled and experienced administrative and technical support staff who are committed to providing an efficient administrative service to support the School's diverse portfolio of activities, and who are available to offer help and advice.

Students in SEED also benefit from excellent study resources, including specialist libraries and computing facilities. A wide range of software resources is available, including personnel management, project management, statistical analysis software packages and GIS facilities. Wireless access to the internet is also available in most University buildings.


When you graduate from the University of Manchester, you will have more than a world-renowned qualification. You will also have developed important skills that will boost your career prospects.

Manchester graduates are highly attractive to a wide range of employers, with almost 4,000 recruiters actively targeting our students and graduates in 2007/08. In fact, according to recent research we are the university most often targeted by Britain's top graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2009 - High Flyers Research).

In particular, SEED graduates benefit from excellent career prospects in public and private sector organisations and NGOs around the world, including international organisations such as the UN and other large international bodies and corporations, due to their advanced understanding of important contemporary challenges such as climate change, poverty reduction and other issues linked in various ways to the relation between societies, economies and the environment.

In addition to this, the university provides a number of services dedicated to making the most of your employability, such as a Careers Service voted best in the UK for five years running by graduate employers, innovative teaching methods, which give our graduates intellectual and practical skills to prepare them for employment, a wide range of careers fairs, and an experienced team of professional Careers Consultants, including experts on international career issues.


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  • Sporting facilities

The Accommodation Office is part of The University of Manchester. The Office provides a comprehensive service to all students of the University, administering and allocating over 9,200 University owned bedrooms, with the aim of helping to support the student experience by providing efficient and effective accommodation services and facilities.

All of our accommodation is great value and features the supportive, but not intrusive, presence of pastoral care and the benefit of very fast broadband connections within every room - inclusive to the rent charge - to help you maximise your learning experience. University owned and managed accommodation is available exclusively to students of The University of Manchester.

Why Choose University Accommodation

  • Flexible Payment methods
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  • All utilities included
  • Free possessions insurance for all students
  • 10 Mbps Broadband Internet connections in all bedrooms
  • Private telephone lines in most bedrooms
  • Supportive university administration interested in YOUR welfare

Find out what it's like to live in halls, learn about our services, procedures, how to transfer halls and even how to put your goods in storage.

The School offers a limited number of scholarships and awards for students enrolling on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. SEED students also benefit from a wide range of scholarship opportunities offered by external bodies, especially for postgraduate studies at Masters or PhD level. These include scholarships awarded by the ESRC, NERC, AHRB, the British Council, the Ford Foundation, the World Bank and other national and international organisations.

Student Reviews

Aigerim Kussainova, MSc Human Resource Development

Testimonial from Aigerim Kussainova, MSc Human Resource Development, student at University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development

I graduated from one of the leading Universities of Kazakhstan - The Eurasian National University (2008). My Bachelor degree in Regional Studies (International Relations) and six years work experience in NGO sector in the field of training and leadership development helped me to get the "Bolashak" scholarship. Human resource development initiatives in Kazakhstan are increasingly being introduced and developed through the government programmes, and the "Bolashak" scholarship is one of these initiatives. With the understanding of Kazakhstan's main development priorities, I decided to study MSc Human Resource Development at The University of Manchester, within the Institute for Development, Policy and Management (IDPM). It provides excellent resources, studio facilities, workshops, and creates a warm and friendly atmosphere to encourage and facilitate productive research and study.

The Human Resource Development module guided by the talented and experienced scholars is exciting and interesting. Every lecture is a good opportunity to understand the globalisation processes and critically analyze the policy initiatives and development agenda associated with the well-being of people. Core models cover various significant areas and themes such as globalisation, HRD strategic interventions at organization and societal levels, Knowledge Management, Organization Development, Training and Development, Managing Quality, and Politics and Development.

The most valuable experience for me was the understanding of the importance of the gender development issues in developing countries. Through the process of globalisation, the world has become more open, more diverse, and closer, and as a result, gender inequality is not just an issue for feminists. Gender inequality is not about the development of women, it is about the development of the society. Consequently, gender development strategies as part of broader issues such as poverty problems and sustainable development are one of the key components for the prosperity of all nations within the global arena.

The encouraging environment of the school, and the courses offered by the programme have provided tremendous opportunities for me to develop and prepare myself for the challenges that lie at the beginning of my career. I strongly believe that knowledge gained from the University of Manchester will be useful for the developing country I belong to and will be a great advantage to my personal and career development.

Alexia Rogers-Wright, Environmental Governance MSc

Testimonial from Alexia Rogers-Wright, Environmental Governance MSc, student at University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development

I did my undergraduate degree in Geography at Manchester and loved the city and the department so wanted to stay on afterwards. I have always been interested in the interactions between the human and physical world, issues like climate change, conservation, sustainable development and flood risk. I have also always been interested in international development and global environmental governance issues.

I chose this particular course because it allowed a large amount of freedom for students to choose their own modules from almost anywhere (within reason) in the university (which is huge). This meant that this flexibility would allow me to follow my interests in both of these fields, rather than being forced to choose one over the other.

The course has definitely lived up to my expectations: I received a good grounding in the basics theories upon which environmental governance is based, as well as being able to explore the subjects I enjoyed in more detail.

The core modules were assessed in a variety of ways (presentations, seminar contribution, teamwork, problem-based learning) to help students build on all their communication skills, rather than just essay writing. This forced me to think about information and problems in a different way, which kept me on my toes!

I have just started an ESRC CASE PhD at the University of Hull, looking at the flood risk in the city and the flood event that took place in summer 2007, in which Hull was the worst hit area in the country.

The core modules I followed as part of the course covered all the major theories and schools of thought in Environmental Governance and prepared me very well for this - I frequently find myself referring back to my notes now!

I would recommend the course because of the flexibility it offers students to pursue their own interests over the course of the year. The standard of all teaching was excellent and so was the atmosphere amongst the students.

Jessica Hawkins, PhD in Development Policy and Management

Testimonial from Jessica Hawkins, PhD in Development Policy and Management, student at University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development

I am currently in the second year of a PhD in Development Policy and Management in IDPM, having previously studied an MA here in International Development: Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction and a BA in European Studies with German and Italian at Lancaster University. My research is focused on the application of a theory of social power to Ugandan state formation processes, providing a macro-historical sociological study of state development. My research will involve the use of secondary sources and archives both here in the UK and also in Uganda, spending around four months on fieldwork during summer 2012. In preparation for my empirical work I have been able to take modules on research methods including Working with Memory, Archival Research and Elite Interviews. As part of the overall personal development process for the PhD, I have also taken a number of additional skills training courses including Graduate Teacher Training and thesis management.

Since commencing the PhD, I have had the opportunity to teach BA and MA tutorials in IDPM and in the Sociology department, which has developed my academic skills for the future. The PhD process has also enabled me to become part of the wider research community at Manchester, such as being a member of specific research groups and taking part in workshops and conferences; giving me the opportunity to gain feedback on my work from academics and fellow PhD students other than my supervisors. Furthermore, these opportunities have improved my confidence when talking about my research.

The PhD process at Manchester is well structured, providing students with clear goals and targets along with the necessary supervisory support, whilst at the same time, enabling us to follow our own research agendas and interests, within the broad remit of the institute.