About the degree
Modules and capstone projects
Teaching and learning
The MASc in Global Sustainable Development is a Masters level programme. It is intended for students who would like to undertake a one year period of study. This could be for professional development, as a conversion course or interest, or as preliminary studies in preparation for a PhD.
The MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development is a 3-4 year programme, intended as a higher level research degree. Typically, you will need to complete a Masters level course to enter a PhD programme. We do also consider applicants with other forms of experience.
The MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development is listed as MPhil/PhD because students are initially enrolled onto the Masters of Philosophy. Those who meet the criteria for PhD level are then upgraded to PhD studies. The MPhil is classed as a research degree too, but at a lower level to PhD.
Please visit our PhD supervisors page to identify people with your range of interests. Once you have identified an appropriate supervisor, please initiate a dialogue to discuss whether your proposal falls within their area of expertise and if they have the capacity to supervise you.
In order to consider supervising they will need a brief outline of your research proposal, a copy of your CV and any relevant transcripts, so please ensure these are sent directly to them. Once supervision is agreed, your application should name the lead supervisor.
You will undertake one core module in the first year, Global Challenges and Transdisciplinary Responses. You will also agree a personal and professional development plan to complement your research and develop your research and professional skills. The rest of your time will be spent undertaking your research supported by supervision sessions with your supervisors.
You will have two or three supervisors who will be expected to support different aspects and approaches within your research project.
We will create bespoke arrangements for each PhD student, with supervisors contributing different amounts of time depending on what is needed. All our staff in the School for Cross-faculty Studies are familiar with this kind of research and are used to respecting and understanding the challenges involved in supervisors working together on interdisciplinary projects.
We will also develop a strong supervisory network, where we engage reflexively on our own positionality and how we support PhD students.
If you are hoping to undertake a PhD, we will take a rounded look at your preparation for a research degree, which in some cases may include extensive related work experience.
Our PhD is also offered as a part-time programme over a maximum of seven years so that it can be combined with work.
Please visit the Doctoral College’s Scholarship and Funding Opportunities page.
If your research links to one of the following topics, you may be interested in applying for the School for Cross-faculty Studies' Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Programme, TRANSFORM:
- Climate resilience and socio-environmental justice
- Sustainable urbanisation, health and wellbeing
- Sustainable economies and the food-water-energy nexus
The deadline for PhDs is generally two months prior to the start date. There is flexibility: a PhD at Warwick can start on the first day of the month. Our preference is for your PhD to start on the first day of the university term – Autumn (October), Spring (January) or Summer (April/May).
We plan to announce our suggested projects for 2022/23 in December of 2022.
Leverhulme prioritises support for scholarships to Home and EU students, but we will offer a matched scholarship open to overseas students. Leverhulme will occasionally support outstanding overseas students where Warwick is able to offer a fee waiver between home and overseas tuition fees.
We will have a mix of proposed projects. Equally, candidates can come up with their own project as long as it falls within the Leverhulme remit.
We have a full-time Postgraduate Programmes' Manager and a part-time Postgraduate Coordinator to support all administrative and practical elements of the programme. For the Leverhulme-TRANSFORM programme, we will appoint a part-time Administrator to oversee the programme. Our Directors of PGT and PGR and Deputy Director of PGT will also support you along with our personal tutors and Senior Tutor who oversees pastoral support for the School.
Indicative reading lists are available for each individual module - please see our Modules page.
In addition, you may be interested in looking at the GSD bookshelf and publications by staff in the School for Cross-faculty Studies.
We are keen to speak directly to you if you are considering applying. Please get in touch with us to organise a one-to-one chat: PGGSD at warwick dot ac dot uk.