Taught course


University of Southampton · Geography and Environmental Science

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement for the MSc programme is an honours degree (usually 2:1 or above) or equivalent qualification. Students with lower or not usual entry qualifications may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualifications with the requisite approval.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Sustainability is an interdisciplinary master’s degree designed to explore sustainability issues in both developed and developing societies. It addresses critical global challenges including enabling population health and wellbeing in an increasingly stressed planet, delivering food, water and energy to an urbanising world, and understanding the present and future development impacts of patterns of settlement, land use and land cover change. It also addresses challenges such as understanding the inter-dependencies between people and the planet, and preparing for the impact of climate change and weather extremes on people and places.

The course offers a solid foundation for developing careers in the public, private and third sectors, as well as national and international agencies such as the United Nations and the Department for International Development.

The MSc Sustainability will allow you to flourish within the interdisciplinary arena of sustainability. The course is designed with flexibility to allow you to create a programme of study that is tailor-made to your requirements and aspirations.

Guidance is provided on the wide variety of optional modules which allows you to specialise in pathways centred round consultancy, population and remote sensing & GIS or to gain a broader experience across the disciplines. A constant focus on applied research and field-based methods will leave you well equipped to tackle sustainability challenges in the real world after your studies.

Information for international students

English language requirements: band 2C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

Please see the international page

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    27 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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