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PGCert Global Sustainability Solutions (Online) - 2025 entry


  • Discover key sustainability concepts in relation to real-world challenges, with a focus on systems thinking and environmental economics.
  • Learn on your terms, anywhere in the world, and at times that suit your busy schedule.
  • Gain the expertise to create and communicate strategies that address today's most urgent sustainability challenges.
  • Elevate your knowledge with the latest research from the University of Exeter's Global Systems Institute (GSI) and Business School. Our world-leading scholars are committed to shaping a sustainable future.

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  •   8 months
    Online, Part-time
  •   60 credits
  •   £4,000
  •   This course has flexible payment options

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Top 10 for Geography and Environmental Science

8th in The Complete University Guide 2024 and 10th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Top 30 in the world for Geography

27th in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

1st in Europe for Climate Action

UK Business School of the Year

Times Higher Education Awards 2022

I love that the course has an interdisciplinary approach and together across a range of subjects we can work to create sustainability solutions.

Each of our lecturers are the best in their field.


Global Sustainability Solutions student

Course content

The PGCert in Global Sustainability Solutions is the flagship online education programme of Exeter’s sustainability solutions-oriented institute, the Global Systems Institute (GSI).

The programme focuses on key sustainability solution issues, including:

  • The importance of systems in addressing sustainability challenges, including the path to achieving net zero.
  • Developing and applying the skills to communicate sustainability concepts to diverse audiences and drive meaningful change.

A focus on environmental economics, with a particular emphasis on the role of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics for businesses and other organisations.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
GEOM434Z Systems Thinking for Sustainability Challenges 30
BEEM495Z Environmental Economics (GSS) 30

Entry requirements

For postgraduate programmes we usually require students to have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree or equivalent.

We will, however, consider all applications individually on merit, and will in particular consider applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the content of the PGCert, evidence of significant relevant work experience and/or applicants hold relevant professional qualifications.

Entry requirements for international students

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course.

The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2.

Find out more about our English language requirements.

Pay as you study

Total fees for this programme is £4,000.  

We are unable to give you access to your study materials before your payment reaches us so it’s important to have your finances in place and pay when prompted to ensure you can access your studies at the start of each term. 

What opportunities does this programme lead to?

Our PGCert programme equips you with the knowledge to help confront today's most pressing sustainability challenges. You will develop the range of skills needed for a sustainability-orientated career, including being able to:

  • Communicate knowledge of sustainability problems and solutions via a range of media and for diverse audiences.
  • Apply systems thinking and environmental economics understandings, including Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) principles, to sustainability challenges.
  • Operate as a critical thinker and problem-solver.
  • Influence and enact meaningful sustainability-oriented change.

As part of this programme, you will have full access to the Careers and Employability Team who can offer support in terms of skills training, internship opportunities, job vacancies, employment fairs and various other career advancement events.

Study a 100% online PGCert Global Sustainability Solutions degree at a Top 15 University*

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*11th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024