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Global Sustainability Solutions MSc

University of Exeter    College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.

About the course

Apply your learning to real-world challenges and operating in a complex problem space.

Receive training on systems thinking and the opportunity to practise how your learning is engaged within wider social, economic, and policy debates.

Residential learning experiences provide an opportunity for immersive learning of fundamental skills and approaches to understanding and solving challenges.

Opportunities to undertake a work placement or research projects within an organisation as an alternative to a traditional academic dissertation.

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Entry Requirements

All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a 2:1 honours degree.

No specific subjects are required.

The programme has been designed to allow students from a wide range of backgrounds to immerse themselves in a transformative educational experience. No science, mathematics, or engineering prerequisites are required.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

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Student Profile(s)


I studied at Exeter for my undergraduate degree, after my dad (a past alumnus) recommended it to me. I’ve found it a welcoming and excellent place to study and wanted to stay here for my Masters.

The teaching on the MSc has been hands on and interesting so far, with a focus on a human geography aspect I haven’t seen since my first year of university. The lecturers are also extremely friendly and very keen to help us on our way with the course.

I really enjoy the ability for us to get hands on experience within the actual sustainability job market itself, and the fact that this course is empowering us not only to learn about sustainability challenges, but giving us the right tools to tackle them.

My biggest highlight so far has probably been meeting with the external partner organisations, and seeing just how many large companies are keen to work with us on this course!

We also visited the Brixham Fish Market for the day in early October, as part of our Blue Planet module. This field trip showed us the fishing industry, its practices and its workers first hand, and also allowed us to conduct market research in the surrounding town.

The trip gave us the opportunity to research a sustainability challenge and come up with potential innovative solutions over a short time period, as well as giving insight into an industry that was previously a complete unknown. I can’t speak for everyone, but I feel as if this would be an interesting field to seek sustainability work in.

Streatham Campus has been an excellent place to study, whether through first year group projects or finalising my dissertation, there’s lots of options for study space, support networks and the ability to take breaks in nice locations where necessary. Living in Exeter itself is lovely, I am very keen to continue living in the area once my course is finished, hopefully alongside some more sustainability work!

I would encourage students to apply to Exeter as soon as they can, joining this university and attending it for the past 3 years has been the best time of my life!


We’ve provided the information on our website to help you get started on finding funding opportunities that are available to you: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Over £4 million in scholarships available


We recommend you start looking as early as possible for funding, especially if you will need financial assistance to undertake a postgraduate course.

There are a number of ways to fund postgraduate study including: scholarships, studentships, wages, bursaries, savings, inheritance, and, increasingly, alternative methods such as crowdfunding and philanthropy. The options available may depend on your fee status or other criteria.

Application Procedure

See our website for details of funding available and how to apply :https://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/

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