University of Southampton

University of Southampton


This research-led, applied, interdisciplinary programme explores sustainability in both developed and developing societies. The MSc focuses on the global issues affecting the planet today, including climate change, social and health inequalities, poverty and global recession. Depending on the selected options, students can leave with a general training in sustainability, or a specialisation in one of three pathways: Remote Sensing and IS, Consultancy or Population. The programme offers students 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.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (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. Mature students: Mature applicants without formal qualifications, or those who fail to meet minimum entry requirements, but with relevant experience are also welcomed. International Students: 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].

Course modules

This is an example structure for the MSc Sustainability -Consultancy pathway. Programme structure Semester one Core modules: Introduction to sustainability science; Data collection for assessing sustainability Compulsory modules: Environmental Management Systems Responsible Leadership Optional modules: Consultancy skills; Accounting and Society; Sustainable Innovation Management; Contemporary Global Environmental Issues Semester two Core modules: Environmental Impact

Assessment methods

Compulsory modules: International Corporate Social Responsibility Optional modules: Project Management; Project Risk Management;Participatory mapping; Geographic Information Systems; Overseas residential field courseSummer semester: Sustainability Research Project/Dissertation, Core modules: Core skills in GIS; remote sensing for earth observation; research skills; project design; topographic data analysis technique and application; dissertation; plus options from: GIS for analysis of health; GIS for environmental management; census and neighbourhood analysis; environment and development; GIS for healthcare management.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Social Sciences
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023 8059 3483