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Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

Learning from the best researchers in the world and undertaking project-based internships with a wide range of national and international organisations and companies, students completing our MSc Global Sustainability Solutions (GSS) programme will be equipped to become the next generation of leaders of change. Graduates often go on to work in various environmental sustainability roles across the private and public sectors from campaigning organisations to large global consultancies.

"Enrolling on the MSc in Global Sustainability Solutions was one of the best decisions I made for my career. The program equipped me with a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between social, environmental and economic systems, and provided me with the tools and skills necessary to lead sustainable change."

Charlotte McNichol-Fardon, Head of Sustainability, UK Hydrographic Office and Chair of NERC’s advisory panel, The Future Leaders Council.



‘This innovative programme will challenge you to critically evaluate and propose new solutions that will have an impact in the real world’.

Dr Sally Rangecroft, Programme Director MSc GSS

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NEW for 2024

We are delighted to be able to offer our PG Cert Global Sustainability Solutions (online)

‘Our online programme is designed for students wanting to study online with greater flexibility around work, family or other commitments’.

Dr Alasdair Jones, Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography’. 

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Systems Thinking for Sustainability Challenges (short course - part-time, online)

Sustainability challenges are often presented in simplified cause and effect terms, however in truth this is rarely the reality. This short course will allow you to uncover new perspectives on how systems thinking can be applied to complex sustainability issues, and understand how these theories can be applied to bring about real-world positive change. 

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Postgraduate taught

World from space

Become a student within the Global Systems Institute and apply your learning to real-world challenges

Postgraduate research

Help find solutions to some of the world's biggest problems.

Massive Open Online Course

With over 40,000 participants from around the world, engage with a global community of learners enabling the co-creation of new knowledge and the sharing of some powerful stories of personal experience with respect to climate change.

Why not sign up to one of the Climate Change MOOCs on offer:

Please note you will need to create an account on Learn.Exeter in order to enrol on these courses.


Masters programme: MSc Global Sustainability Solutions

This innovative and interdisciplinary masters programme will challenge you to critically evaluate and propose solutions to a range of contemporary sustainability challenges. These solutions will emerge from intense periods of academic exploration that will be applied to real-world challenges via a community of external partners.

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. Upon graduation, you will have the experience and skills to become an agent of change for a sustainable future.

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Systems Thinking Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

This course is for mid- to senior-level public sector staff engaged with addressing complex and cross-disciplinary challenges. It is designed in collaboration with employers from across the public sphere, addressing real-world complex public challenges through applied systems-thinking approaches.

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