MSc Sustainability

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Be part of our next MSc Sustainability cohort and become an agent of change in society, business or government. The course is run by ARU’s Global Sustainability Institute and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

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MSc Sustainability at the Eden Project and ARU

Dan Ryan, Programme Manager for MSc Sustainability at the Eden Project, discusses some of the highlights of the course, including residential sessions and a work placement.

In this Masters degree you will learn about key sustainability challenges, and how we can address the complexity and uncertainty inherent in them all and make the best possible practical and policy decisions.

This course is available full-time or part-time and is open to graduates from all disciplines. It attracts students of all ages and cultural backgrounds. You can combine online learning with face to face ‘residentials’ in Cambridge and Cornwall*. Alternatively, you can study the course completely online (choose a distance learning option).

As an MSc Sustainability student, you'll gain practical experience of addressing sustainability challenges and meet inspirational leaders who are already doing just that. You'll also practice using your new sustainability skills in a research context and through a work placement.

Course options

Course options

UK students can study this course as blended learning (a mix of online teaching, and face-to-face sessions in Cambridge and Cornwall), or distance learning (online only with virtual attendance at residentials). International students can study by distance learning.

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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


When our students graduate they take up a wide variety of careers. Some use their prior experience and return to the business or sector they were familiar with, working with their new sustainability perspective to change it from the inside.

Others use the MSc Sustainability as an opportunity to start a new career or as the bridge to a change in career, becoming sustainability leaders in business, charities, governments and education.

Several of our past students have used this Masters as a stepping stone to set up or grow their own sustainable business.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a PhD in Sustainability at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

Prof Alison Greig

“The MSc Sustainability is designed to give future leaders and decision-makers the tools to make good decisions for the world.”

Prof Alison Greig

Course Leader, MSc Sustainability

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