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Learning for Sustainability (MSc)

Course Description

Are you interested in education for sustainable development and environmental education? With the MSc Learning for Sustainability, you’ll have the opportunity to become 'sustainability literate' and make the most of our unique emphasis on learning communities. Develop the knowledge and skills for careers in formal and non-formal environmental education, environmental activism, green tourism, environmental research, sustainability policy and development.

Key features

Benefit from experiential and participatory forms of learning and teaching, with flexible study patterns that combine short residential periods with supported online work.

Advance your knowledge of sustainability – learning processes will reflect key principles of ecology and sustainability as well as equity, social justice, peaceful relationships and action for transformation.

Learn from a team with acclaimed reputations in learning for sustainability – leading international thinkers and practitioners in the area of education for sustainability also contribute to the delivery of the programme.

Discuss your own ideas and research proposals in individual and group tutorials – the programme is delivered in ways that stress concepts of learning communities, with a unique emphasis on learning for sustainability.

Seize the opportunity to join an active research community network with the Centre for Sustainable Futures and the Plymouth Institute of Education.

Course details

Develop a comprehensive understanding of sustainability through modules including learning, education and sustainability, sustainability skills, sustainable communities and learning organisations, and ecological and sustainability literacy. Sustainability not only encompasses ecological mindfulness and competence but also equity, social justice, peaceful relationships and action for change. Learning primarily takes place within workshop-style seminars that employ multiple learning approaches to reflect the key principles of ecology and sustainability.

Teaching is collaborative and cooperative, as well as individualised. You’ll have your own tutor from the outset of the programme – depending on your emerging dissertation research interests and methods, that tutor will normally be your dissertation supervisor. Our programme starts each September, with a one year full-time or two years part-time option. You will complete six modules and a research-based project.


The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

Visit the Learning for Sustainability (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are required to have a first or second class degree, or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. If you are an overseas applicant you can check the compatibility of your qualifications with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service. If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required (minimum IELTS score is normally 6.5). For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualifications and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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