About the degree
Modules and capstone projects
Teaching and learning
The MASc in Global Sustainable Development is a taught 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 general interest, or as preliminary studies in preparation for a PhD.
The MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development takes up to four years full-time or up to seven years part-time, and is a higher level research degree. Typically, you will need to complete a Masters level course to enter a MPhil/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 (MPhil). 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 staff 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 you, 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.
For the academic year 2022-23 onwards, PhD students will study 20 CATs of research methods or other postgraduate taught (PGT) modules. 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.
There are several monitoring and progress review milestones in place for us to support your progression. You will be expected to have a minimum of one supervision meeting every month. Your major review milestones will take place annually. Your first Annual Review will be your MPhil to PhD Upgrade Interview, which will allow us to assess your suitability for PhD research. Between Annual Reviews, with your supervisors you will complete a Mid-year Report.
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. Our supervisors in the School for Cross-faculty Studies are familiar with this kind of approach to 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.
Our PhD is also offered as a part-time programme over a maximum of seven years so that it can be combined with work. Some of our current MPhil/PhD students are teaching on modules in the School for Cross-faculty Studies as Graduate Teaching Assistant (this work is paid).
Please visit the Doctoral College’s Scholarship and Funding Opportunities page.
In particular, you may be interested in the following funding opportunities:
Leverhulme - TRANSFORM Doctoral Scholarship Programme
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
Chancellor's International Scholarship
For 2023/24 entry there will be up to 42 Chancellor's International Scholarships available to be awarded to the most outstanding PhD applicants assessed as Overseas Fees. Find out more and apply.
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).
If you are considering applying for a scholarship, please take the scholarship deadline into account.
The next call for applications will open in early 2023.
Leverhulme prioritises support for scholarships to Home students, but we will offer one matched scholarship open to Overseas students.
For the Leverhulme-TRANSFORM Doctoral Scholarships Programme, we have a part-time Administrator to oversee the programme.
Our Director of Graduate Taught Programmes, Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Taught) and Director of Graduate Studies (Research) 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.
We encourage you to take a look at the 'Getting ready for your studies' section of our Offer Holders page.
In addition, you may be interested in looking at the GSD bookshelf and publications by staff in the School for Cross-faculty Studies.
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