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MSc Sustainability

Designed for recent graduates, those developing professional practice, and mid-career changers, our MSc in Sustainability is taught with a blend of distance learning and face-to-face or online residential workshops in Cambridge and Cornwall.

You will learn from local and global thought-leaders, and with an emphasis on real-world problems you will leave the course equipped as an agent of change.

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This unique postgraduate course has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to embed sustainability in your chosen profession, and to equip you with the ability to bring about positive change.

Through a blend of online learning, access to researchers at Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute, residential or online workshops at the Eden Project and a work placement, the MSc gives you the opportunity to learn, experience and practice different aspects of sustainability.


Former student

“ 'The course has re-ignited my confidence in going after a career that encompasses all that I love and have the qualities to do.' ”

How you’ll learn

Taught across one-year (full-time) or two-years (part-time), the MSc Sustainability gives you the opportunity to learn through a combination of approaches:

1. Online learning

Comprehensive online learning through the MSc’s state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, allowing you to deepen your understanding of sustainability and study from anywhere in the world.

2. Residential taught sessions

Week-long intensive residential sessions are an essential part of the course and are designed to immerse you in very different learning environments.

Eden Project, Cornwall:

You will enjoy a unique opportunity to experience sustainability first-hand through modules delivered at the world-class attraction and social enterprise.

Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute, Cambridge:

You will be taught by a multidisciplinary team of experts working on cutting-edge sustainability research.

3. Work placement

Supported by the Global Sustainability Institute, this 200-hour placement is a practical opportunity for you to learn how to apply your new skills in a real, work-based setting.

4. Research project

As part of your dissertation you will have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of sustainability-focused research projects.


Former student

“ 'I was able to carry on working at my job, study at my own pace part-time at a distance, but also have the benefits of hands-on teaching. ”

What you'll learn

This Masters course is truly interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on developing your understanding of a complex range of natural and social systems and how these interact.

Subjects covered include: resource constraints; environmental change; climate finance; good business practice; governance and behavioural change; community engagement, resilience and adaptation.

In addition, you will also develop a range of skills that will enable you to apply your knowledge in a personal or professional context.


Former student

“ 'The modules I took were unique in the breadth of topics covered and in the approach to assessing course content.' ”

Who it's for

The MSc Sustainability is open to graduates from any discipline or background looking to become sustainability professionals or to influence change within their existing profession. Find out more in the FAQs section below. You can also hear about former students' experiences with the course.

Get in touch or apply

Get in touch with the course leader by emailing Alison at or calling 01223 695109.

Apply through Anglia Ruskin University's course website.

Follow our MSc Sustainability page on Facebook.

Come and meet the team here in Cornwall to get a feel for the course. To arrange this, please email Rosie at


Former student

“ ‘It is an utterly awesome, life-changing course...' ”

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