Minor in Sustainability

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

Available for students starting in September 2018

Sustainability is a fascinating, diverse and constantly expanding field of study with applications across a broad range of subjects. The global population continues to expand year on year, increasing demand for energy, land, water and natural resources. The social value of sustainable initiatives may be at odds with their political value; saving the planet may cost jobs, and that may cost votes. There can be marketing benefits to being seen as ‘green’ or ‘environmental’, but this can also be dangerous if it is seen as cynical ‘box-ticking’. An understanding of the social, political, economic and scientific factors which feed into the sustainability agenda, and how they interact and compete with one another, can have real value in many different roles across many different sectors.

Year 1

In your first year you will be introduced to the concept of sustainability and its many definitions and approaches. In this year too, you will explore sustainability problem spaces with contemporary discourses and approaches, focusing particular on the human-environment domain.


  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Environment, Nature and Science

Year 2

In your second year you will study in more depth aspects of the Earth’s dynamic biosphere, providing a solid scientific grounding regarding key components of the Earth’s ecosystem. Further, you will receive an introduction into recognising the ways in which distinctive organisational behaviours lead to physical, environmental, and cultural processes impinging on sustainability.


Year 3

In your final year you will hone your skills of evaluation of the theoretical, philosophical and methodological perspectives employed in the sustainability literature. You will deepen your understandings of sustainability in the context of global environmental change, reflecting on important issues of the day such the deforestation of tropical forests for commercial cropping and climate change. You will also choose between an elective which explores the relationships between consumer culture, (anti-)globalisation and sustainability and an elective which examines the possibilities for achieving sustainable organisations.


  • Climate Change: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
  • Either Consumer Culture: Globalisation, Materialism and Resistance or Ecology and Sustainability: Contemporary Issues

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Entry Requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.

      Now choose your Major

      On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case Sustainability).