Bachelor of Arts & Science
Three Year Programme
Joint Honours with Life Sciences and GSD Departments
Study Abroad or Work Placement
What challenges does the natural world face in the wake of unprecedented human impact upon the environment? How might new research and innovations in the Life Sciences work to secure the future of sustainable societies by countering infectious disease and biodiversity loss? By choosing to pursue a degree in Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development, you will be encountering these questions on a daily basis. You will gain invaluable lab and analytical experience whilst studying with Life Sciences, and will apply that knowledge to our current understandings of climate change, social justice, and food security.
If you are interested in the world's problems, want to learn more about them and have a social conscience, then you should study Global Sustainable Development. If you are flexible and adaptable and able to consider global issues from different perspectives, understand their complexity, can think creatively about potential solutions and want to be equipped to make a real difference to the world, then you should study Global Sustainable Development at Warwick. You will take a holistic approach to exploring issues surrounding sustainability, including climate change, gender equality, biodiversity loss, energy security, and wealth inequality. You will be assessed through innovative assignments such as delivering policy pitches and court cases, alongside conventional research essays and examinations. Upon completing your degree in Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development, you will have developed a truly diverse set of skills from both the Arts and Sciences, helping you to keep your options open for your future career.
Explore the list of GSD and Life Sciences* modules in full
*Students may only undertake certain Life Sciences modules, as designated by Life Sciences (see Course Structure below)
- Economic Principles of GSD (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Social Principles of GSD (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Environmental Principles of GSD (15 CATs, Term 2)
- GSD Mini-Project (15 CATS, Term 2)
Life Sciences Modules
- Molecules, Cells and Organisms (24 CATS, Terms 1&2)
- Agents of Infectious Disease (12 CATS, Term 1)
- Animal and Plant Biology (12 CATS, Term 2)
- Tutorial Programme (12 CATS, Term 1-2)
Year Two (with Term Abroad)
- Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Food Systems: Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Any approved optional module with a GSD focus (including from other department) (15 CATs, Term 1)
Life Sciences Modules
- Ecology and Environment (18 CATs, Term 1)
- Term 2 and 3 is spent abroad, where relevant courses are taught by a partner institution
Year Two (remaining at Warwick)
- Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development (30 CATS, Terms 1&2)
- Food Systems: Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability (30 CATS, Terms 1&2)
- Any approved optional module with a GSD focus (including from other department) (30 CATS, Terms 1&2)
Life Sciences Modules
- Ecology and Environment (18 CATs, Term 1)
- Ecology and its Applications (12 CATs, Term 1)
- Environmental Biology Lab (6 CATs, Term 1)
- Environmental Field Trip for GSD (12 CATS, Term 3)
- Tutorial Programme assessments (12 CATS, Terms 1&2)
- Plant Molecular Development (12 CATS, Term 1)
- Microbial Pathogens (12 CATS, Term 1)
- Science Communication (12 CATS, Term 2)
- Genetics and Genomics (12 CATS, Term 2)
- Evolution (12 CATS, Term 2)
- Certificate of Coaching Practice (Term 2)
- Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placements (Term 2)
Completed over four weeks (150 hours) during Summer, Year Two
- Certificate of Sustainability (Term 3)
- Dissertation/Long Project (30 CATS, Terms 1&2)
- Any approved optional module with a GSD focus, (including from other departments) (30 CATS, Terms 1&2)
Life Sciences Modules (Select one of three options)
- Five 12 CATS modules offered by Life Sciences (60 CATS, Terms 1 & 2)
- Research Project (30 CATS, Term 1-3)
- Environmental Biology Lab (6 CATS, Term 1)
- Two 12 CATS Modules offered by Life Sciences, see above (24 CATS, Terms 1 & 2)
- Research Project (24 CATS, Term 1-3)
- Three 12 CATS Modules offered by Life Sciences, see above (36 CATS, Terms 1 & 2)
- BS358- Biological Clocks (Term 1)
- BS365- Exploring Innovations in Biology (Term 1)
- BS371- Environmental Science Management (Term 1)
- HR308- Extreme Environmental Biology (Term 1)
- BS349- Science Communication (Term 1)
- BS362- Integrative Neuroscience (Term 2)
- LF306- Synthetic Biology (Term 2)
- BS373- Principles of Development (Term 2)
- HR305-Bioenergy and Biorefining (Term 2)
- LF301- Bacteria: genes to behaviour (Term 2)
- BS317- Advanced Immunology (Term 2)
- BS318- Protein Targeting (Term 2)
- BS347- Oncology (Term 2)
A Global Sustainable Development programme offers you the opportunity for a truly global outlook. You could spend from February to July of your Second Year studying at the University of Warwick's partner institution, Monash University, either in Melbourne, Australia or their campus just outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You may, alternatively, spend an intercalated year at one of Warwick's many other partner institutions across the world. More information
Our integrated programme is specifically structured so you can spend time abroad, without having to extend the overall length of your undergraduate course.
Study at Monash University, home to the Sustainable Development Institute, a world-leading centre for multi-disciplinary research into sustainability.
- Your academic achievements at Monash will be accredited and transferred to your overall degree classification awarded at Warwick.
- Immerse yourself in the culture of one of the Pacific's most vibrant cities, Melbourne or Kuala Lumpur, and gain invaluable personal experience from living and studying abroad.
Course fees continue to be paid in full to Warwick. You will continue to receive your student loan, if eligible.
Warwick is a world of possibility but it is up to you as to what opportunities you take. Our students gain a broad range of interests and commitments during their time studying at the University. Each experience can greatly benefit your future career, and all experiences can be beneficial when it comes to applying for volunteer work, internships, or a paid position. Here are just some of the countless opportunities you will have at Warwick:
- Societies - Join one of Warwick's 250+ Student societies. Societies provide you with access to an incredible network of diverse students, the hub of campus life. Taking up a position on a society's executive committee also provides an invaluable opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, highly desired by employers. You might even want to join the Global Sustainable Development Society
- Sports - Grow new talents and push your limits by joining one of campus' outstanding Sports Clubs. As of Spring 2019, you will have access to Warwick's new multi-million pound Sports Hub, one of the largest in the United Kingdom.
- Volunteer - Get out into the community and sign up with Warwick Volunteers. Other projects also include Warwick In Africa, and the Laksh Project. Many departments also offer dedicated outreach programmes.
- Research - Diversify your knowledge and gain invaluable research experience through one of our undergraduate funds: Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS), Lord Rootes Memorial Fund, Opportunity Fund. You could even present your research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) or the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).
- Work - Find part-time employment with UniTemps, Warwick Summer Internships, and Warwick Students' Union. Many students also take the chance to search for work in Coventry, Leamington Spa, Warwick, and surrounding areas of the University. Warwick's Careers Service offer comprehensive support for writing CVs and Cover Letters.
- Sustainability - green energy; environmental consultancy; conservation; sustainable transport; sustainable fashion; food and beverage industry; big businesses and banking; marketing; creative design and innovation; start ups; research and academia.
- International Development - Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), charities, and Think Tanks often employ fundraising officers, project managers, logistics, communications and PR, researchers, caseworkers, and overseas fieldwork positions.
- Social Justice and Humanitarian Aid - NGOs, charities, Think Tanks, and pressure groups are major employers in this sector. Key areas include law, advocacy, campaigning, policy specialists, engineers, marketing, communications and PR, caseworkers, administration, overseas fieldwork, journalism and media.
- Government and Politics - Civil Service (the Treasury, Foreign Office and Department for International Development run Graduate Schemes, alongside the wider Civil Service Graduate Scheme), Think Tanks, local government, political risk, journalism and media, academia and research.
- Supranational Institutions - United Nations, European Union, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Health Organisation, Commonwealth Secretariat.
- Health Care and Psychology - pharmaceuticals, research and academia, behavioural economics, marketing, sustainability innovations in NHS.
This list is far from comprehensive. You may also want to bear in mind that as the world's economy, climate, and political systems change, so too will the jobs associated with it.
- Global Sustainable Development (Single Honours)
- Psychologyy and Global Sustainable Development
- Sociology and Global Sustainable Development
- Global Sustainable Development and Business Studies
- Politics and Global Sustainable Development
- History and Global Sustainable Development
- Hispanic Studies and Global Sustainable Development
- Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development
- Theatre and Performance Studies and Global Sustainable Development
- Economics and Global Sustainable Development
A level AAB (requires A Level Biology) plus B in English and B in Mathematics at GCSE (Offers exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking)
IB 36, to include Biology at HL5, and Mathematics and English
Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
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3 Years (Full Time)
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc)
University of Warwick, Coventry
Intergrated (Year Two) or Intercalated options available. More Information
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