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Postgraduate study

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We’re excited to welcome new students and familiar faces to our community as we open our doors to postgraduate students.

By choosing to study with us you’ll be inspired, and challenged, by our GSD team who are at the forefront of their fields and share your passion for global sustainable development.

MASc in Global Sustainable Development

The MASc in Global Sustainable Development is a unique opportunity to join a community of transdisciplinary research and teaching experts. On this course you’ll combine academic learning with practical application to help you tackle problems of global sustainable development.

MASc bursaries

We are pleased to be offering four bursaries for students commencing MASc study in Autumn 2022. The deadline for applications is midday (UK time) on Monday 25 April 2022.

Find out more about the MASc bursaries.

Dr Mandy Sadan, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

“Undertaking graduate study - whether on a taught programme or as a doctoral researcher - has the capacity to change the course of your life. It can transform how you see the world, how you understand your place in it, and how you can lead the kind of life that reflects your values and your desire to make a difference. Our graduate programmes create intellectual foundations not just for talking about the problems we collectively face but for taking action to help solve them. Whether the change you make is small-scale and local or on a global stage, it can start with the rigorous critical enquiries you will develop as a part of the GSD community. We hope that you will consider joining us and sharing our passion for change-making."

Dr Mandy Sadan, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

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MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development

Our MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development offers you the opportunity to cross disciplinary boundaries to address complex challenges of global sustainable development. Working with experts from GSD and the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, on this programme you'll deliver impactful, lasting sustainable development research.

If your research links to one of the following topics, you might be interested in applying for the School for Cross-faculty Studies' Leverhulme Doctoral Trust Programme, TRANSFORM:

  • Climate resilience and socio-environmental justice
  • Sustainable urbanisation, health and wellbeing
  • Sustainable economies and the food-water-energy nexus

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Our students have diverse interests and come from a wide range of backgrounds. We spoke to some of our first MASc cohort when they received their offers to find out more about their interests and experiences, and their hopes for their course.

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Our research interests in the School for Cross-faculty Studies span across disciplines, around the world, and through time—from pedagogy and cultural studies to sustainability challenges and building a more equitable future.

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