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Global Sustainable Development MASc

Global Sustainable Development MASc

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Course Overview

In GSD at Warwick we take a critical approach to the dominant discourse of sustainable development. We’re passionate about understanding and challenging existing practice, and want you to join us in seeking innovative, transformative responses to complex global challenges. Based in the School for Cross-faculty Studies, our academic home is a natural place for future transdisciplinary leaders to flourish.

On this course you’ll work with Warwick’s GSD Department, the Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD), and partner departments across the University. Our staff are at the forefront of their fields and share your passion for global sustainable development.

Our core modules will support your development as an intellectual leader of positive change. We'll offer you an understanding of the core global challenges we face, working on response development and advocacy. In parallel, you’ll develop your critical and reflective intellectual skills, as well as your technical and philosophical methodological skills. In your choices of optional modules, you’ll be able to tailor the course to your own areas of interest.

In Term 3 and the summer, you’ll have an exciting opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ as you undertake a transdisciplinary capstone project. We’ll offer you a choice of research, practice, and work-based experiences. Your chosen project will enable you to develop a skillset most suited to your future career goals.

By the end of this course, you’ll be equipped to play an authentic role in reflective global citizenship, as well as defining roles in positive change. This might be through a career in applied research, policy, business, or third sector activity.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is ideal for you if:

  • You have prior experience of GSD
  • You're new to this field of study with a first degree and a strong interest in GSD
  • You have work and life experience relating to GSD

Your career

Studying an MASc in Global Sustainable Development will open careers in the public, private and third sectors in a range of areas and functions including the following:

  • Governance – shaping policy and processes at local, national and international level
  • Research – academic via MRes or PhD research or for an organisation in the public, private or third sector including think-tanks
  • Teaching at all levels: primary, secondary, HE and tertiary
  • Project management in any industry – this could be a community or commercial project
  • Communications and media relations
  • Consultancy – e.g. in corporate social responsibility
  • Advocacy – e.g. on international relations, humanitarian work for organisations such as the UN
  • Data and intelligence analyst- e.g. security, geo- political risk


Throughout this module you'll explore often unexamined questions of intellectual leadership in change. You'll consider how they might rigorously and reflectively conceive of socially positive change and transition from first principles of philosophical reflection. You'll consider perspectives from historical interpretation, reflections on identity and power, as well as practical methods of change.

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Entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent).