University of Exeter: Global Sustainability Solutions

InstitutionUniversity of Exeter View institution profile
Department Geography View department profile
Study type Taught


Our impacts on the Earth system are at such a scale that we have become a geological force. If we are to not just survive but flourish, we urgently need to create robust and practical solutions to a set of interacting global challenges. These challenges span countries, regions, and academic disciplines. For example: the challenge to establish food, water, and energy security for a global population increasing towards 9 billion by the middle of this century; the urgent need to halt the rapid decline in biodiversity; the required sudden decrease of greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid dangerous climate change. While diverse, the common thread that links these and other challenges is that these are all ultimately a challenge of systems.

The programme has been designed to allow students from a wide range of backgrounds to immerse themselves in a transformative educational experience. No science, mathematics, or engineering prerequisites are required. Upon graduation, you will have the experience and skills to become an agent of change for a sustainable future.

As a student you will benefit from:
Applying your learning to real-world challenges and so operating in a complex problem space. You will receive training on systems thinking and the opportunity to practice how your learning is engaged within wider social, economic, and policy debates.
Residential learning experiences which provide an opportunity for immersive learning of fundamental skills and approaches to understanding and solving challenges.
Opportunities to undertake a work placement or research projects within an organisation as an alternative to a traditional academic dissertation.
Your learning being informed by the latest research undertaken by world-leading scholars and research-led teaching of Global Systems Institute community.


University of Exeter

Ranked in the top 20 in the world, Geography at the University of Exeter offers a lively, thriving and innovative research environment at campuses in both Cornwall and Exeter. We attract funding from a wide-range of sources including research councils, charities, the UK government and industry, and we enjoy strong links with national and international research projects. Our research groups span the breadth of geography: Cultural and Historical Geographies; Environment and Sustainability; Nature, Materialities and Biopolitics; Space, Politics and Society; Environmental Change and Landscape and Ecosystem Dynamics. We are engaged in a number of interdisciplinary areas ...

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