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How to apply

Apply for our postgraduate courses using the University's postgraduate applications online form. The University's postgraduate admissions service will advise you on the application process such as English Language requirements if applicable, submission of references and transcripts etc.

MASc in Global Sustainable Development

If you apply for our MASc in Global Sustainable Development, we ask that you submit an additional document outlining your motivations and suitability for the programme. Please see the 'How to apply' drop-down on our MASc course page for information regarding the Statement of Interest. You will also need to nominate one academic referee as part of your application.

Apply for the MASc in Global Sustainable Development.

MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development

If you apply for our research degree (MPhil/PhD), you'll be asked to provide an outline of your chosen research topic. This should be 500-1000 words and include the following:

  • What area of research you intend to undertake and why (with reference to the most important relevant bibliography).
  • How you propose to conduct the research.
  • What background in the subject you already have and any skills you'll need to develop further.
  • The transdisciplinary context of your research and proposed methodology.
  • Which non-academic partners you plan or hope to work with and why?
  • The impact of your research.

Prior to making your application for the PhD programme, please identify an appropriate supervisor and make contact directly to discuss whether your proposal falls within their area of expertise and they have capacity to supervise you. Please see our PhD Supervisors page for academics' research expertise in the School for Cross-faculty Studies. 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.

As part of your application you will be asked to submit a personal statement. Please address the following points in your personal statement:-

  • What is sustainability for you?
  • How are you addressing Global Sustainable Development?
  • Which disciplines are you in dialogue with?
  • What is your motivation for undertaking doctoral research?
  • What are your career aspirations?

You will also need to ask two referees to submit references in support of your application. At least one of these references must be an academic reference. If appropriate, your second reference can be a work reference, where your professional experience relates to the proposed PhD. Referees will need to be in a position to comment on your suitability for the PhD programme. For further information on references - content, process and queries - please see here.

Apply for the MPhil/PhD in Global Sustainable Development.


Applications for funding usually require a separate application. Please see here for details of the University's postgraduate funding opportunities.

Getting in touch

In all instances, please contact PGGSD at warwick dot ac dot uk.

For academic questions, e.g. potential supervisors, please address your email to the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes, Dr Mandy Sadan.

For administrative questions, e.g. application process, documentation, timescales, please address your email to the Postgraduate Programmes' Manager, Heather Robson.

For questions about PhD supervision, please address your email to the Director of Postgraduate Research, Professor João Porto de Albuquerque.