Taught course


University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in geography or a related subject area (eg pure and applied sciences, technological or social sciences) or a master's degree in an appropriate subject.

We welcome applications from international students.

  • Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent approved by NARIC [National Recognition Information Centre]
  • English requirements: IELTS or equivalent score [6.5 average, minimum of 6 in each individual component]

The University runs a number of English language courses to prepare international students for study.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Months of entry


Course content

This research-led, applied, interdisciplinary programme explores sustainability in both developed and developing societies. It focuses on the global issues affecting the planet, including climate change, social and health inequalities, poverty and global recession.

Students can choose optional modules covering a range of disciplines including remote sensing, GIS, consultancy, management and population. Taught by world-class academic experts from multidisciplinary backgrounds, the programme 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, FAO and DFID. MSc Sustainability (Research) PG Cert and PG Dip are also optional routes.

Core modules:
Introduction to sustainability science; Data collection for assessing sustainability; Environmental Impact Assessment

Example modules:
Environmental Management Systems; Geographic Information Systems; Population, Poverty and Policy: International Corporate Social Responsibility; Consultancy Skills; GIS for Analysis of Health; Census and Neighbourhood Analysis; Overseas residential field course plus Sustainability Research Project/ Dissertation

Information for international students

Please see the international page

Fees and funding

Please see the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr James Dyke