Research course


Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

A Masters degree awarded by a UK university or an overseas degree, or equivalent standard, provided that it is in an appropriate cognate area and that the Masters degree included training in research and execution of a research project. We consider applications from both potential PhD and Professional Doctorate students. A Professional Doctorate offers the opportunity for those in full-time employment to conduct PhD level research directly related to their work. If you are thinking of applying, please do contact one of the GSI team to discuss your interests further. You will then need to complete and submit an application form to the Admissions Team. Forms are available to download from our website, visit:

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is a high profile research institute within Anglia Ruskin, and has grown rapidly since its formation in early 2011. We are a dynamic group of researchers involved in an extremely wide variety of research projects, collaborating with numerous external partners (for example, the Cabinet Office, 'Limits to Growth' author Prof. Jørgen Randers, and Scandinavian construction company Skanska) as well as other departments across the University (such as Built Environment, Business, Life Sciences and Psychology).

We are active members of a number of key networks, including the Green Economy Coalition, Renewable Energy and International Law (REIL), the Capital Markets Climate Initiative (CMCI) - set up by Greg Barker MP - and the Cambridge Cleantech Consortium.

Our core research questions are focused around (i) personal motivations and (ii) systems change, set against the challenges of sustainability. We have four key areas of research:

  • climate change and cultural systems
  • consumption and change
  • resource management and ecosystems services
  • education for sustainability.

Details of current projects can be found on our website:

We currently have six PhD/ProfDoc students, working on projects such as the role of poverty in India's transition toward sustainability, cleantech startups and markets, and resilience within East African communities. If you are interested in a PhD/ProfDoc in any area related to sustainability, please contact one of the team to discuss further - we would be delighted to hear from you.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from International students, Please visit for more information

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Click: for information on educational trusts, or for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 - 72 months
full time
24 - 60 months


full time
18 - 36 months
part time
30 - 48 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science & Technology
+44 (0) 845 271 3333