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For students

We are working to ensure every graduate is confident to talk understand and address sustainability issues. Find out more about the opportunities the University is giving all students to broaden their horizons and engage with sustainability, whatever their course. 

What's happening in your course?

Whether you're an undergraduate or studying a postgraduate taught course, we're working to identify and promote the opportunities available to you to study sustainability. Go to the relevant section for you to see which modules within your course that you can take.

Sustainability Minor

Undergraduate students from the Faculties of Humanities and Social & Human Sciences can take part in the Sustainability Minor, which allows you to take a range of interdisciplinary modules that address the social, economic and environmental challenges of our age. Aligned to the Curriculum Innovation programme, you can tackle globalisation, ethics, health, economics, law, environmental management and social enterprise, allowing you to apply an interdisciplinary approach to your studies that will appeal to future employers in a sustainable economy. Find out more.

University-wide opportunities

The University's Curriculum Innovation Programme provides optional modules to broaden your studies. In view of the multi-faceted nature of sustainability, there are several modules covering the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the world today.

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Addressing global and local issues


Sustainability in the Local and Global Environment

The Sustainability Action Programme helps to run the module, Sustainability in the Local and Global Environment. Recognising the need to balance social, economic and environmental needs, this innovative new module addresses sustainability in the context of different academic disciplines, making it relevant to all students’ possible career routes. By engaging lecturers from each faculty, the module exposes students to some of the world class research across the University, and introduces the complex range of perspectives on the issues of our and future generations through interdisciplinary study. Innovative assessment includes students developing sustainability films and a simulated UN Sustainable Development Conference. Through completing this module, students develop their global citizenship and ethical leadership skills, helping them to become one of the increasingly sought after ‘sustainability literate graduates’.

Other Curriculum Innovation modules addressing aspects of sustainability include:

Social Enterprise

This is an interactive and practical module aiming to inspire students to social entrepreneurship by giving them a comprehensive introduction to the social enterprise sector.

Global Challenges

This module looks at what is arguably the greatest challenge that we face - population growth - one that will require transdisciplinary responses, work that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

Living with Environmental Change

Understanding the causes, impacts and possible solutions for these issues requires the cooperation of people from all backgrounds. As such, this module deliberate seeks to draw together students from all academic disciplines to learn and think together. 

Global Health

The Global Health module is an exciting opportunity to study situations, such as the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico in 2009 that quickly spread around the world, and risk factors, such as smoking and sedentary lifestyles, that lead to chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer.

Education for Health and Wellbeing

This module aims to introduce common health issues such as obesity, heart disease, alcohol abuse and smoking to students. 

Ethics in a Complex World

This module enables you to begin to develop literacy in applying ethical concepts to pressing contemporary concerns.

Disclaimer: we cannot guarantee that all modules will be available to you to take. Find out here if the modules on option in your degree course.

The opportunity of discussing and debating contemporary issues with students from different disciplines allowed me to develop interpersonal skills and helped me understand different perspectives that challenged what I had been learning about in my degree.

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