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.
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.
Whether you want to start a new career or continue in your existing sector, you’ll be able to apply the knowledge, skills and mindsets you develop on this Masters degree to help create a more sustainable future. You will also be able to join our growing alumni of passionate sustainability leaders.
This Masters course is designed as a single learning journey split over 5 modules. You will gain a grounding in social and ecological systems and their interconnectivity within the first module, ‘Introduction to Sustainability and Systems’. In ‘Methods and Tools for Complex Systems’, you will explore different tools and methods that can aid sustainability decision-making. You will examine the growing business case for sustainability and understand the pressures and levers for change within different sectors in the module ‘Leading Systems Change’. You are then provided with the structure and support to evaluate your sustainability leadership skills and potential in the module ‘Working Towards Change’. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to design and undertake your own research within a dissertation.
Although you will be predominantly or wholly studying online, our MSc Sustainability is a very interactive course in which you will be learning from each other as well as your tutors and guest experts. You will be supported to provide your own insights developed from your research and experiences to contribute to online and real-time discussions.
*Please note you will need to arrange and pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with attending residentials, as they are not included in your course fee.
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Director of Education for Sustainability
Senior Research Fellow
Lecturer in Sustainability
Professor of Social Sustainability
Director, Global Sustainability Institute
Join our postgraduate student community and:
MSc Sustainability students talk about the knowledge and skills they've gained, and how they hope to inspire and effect change.
Study full- or part-time by blended or distance learning.
Learn from experts at the Global Sustainability Institute and the Eden Project.
Join residential sessions in Cambridge and Cornwall - or attend virtually.
Gain valuable skills for your future career.
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.
“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 SustainabilityMore from Alison
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