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Course summary

Explore how we can live sustainably with our Global Development and Sustainability degree.

  • Learn from a friendly, supportive team of lecturers, who are at the cutting-edge of current research.
  • Broaden your experience through placements and overseas fieldwork, in destinations such as India and Barcelona.
  • Develop the practical, technical and transferable skills that employers in a range of sectors look for.
Are you interested in contemporary environmental and development challenges, and do you want to pursue a related career? Global sustainable development is at the heart of the environmental, social, economic and geopolitical challenges facing the developed and developing world. This global development degree explores topics – such as sustainability in a variety of contexts, globalisation, food supply, inequality, environmental issues, spatial development, natural hazards, education, and renewable energy options – that aim to tackle the sustainable development issues affecting the world today. You can tailor your modules to your individual interests, career goals and aspirations; you may decide to choose topics from Business and Education courses alongside Geography and Global Development and Sustainability modules, for example.


Year one - We introduce you to the theories and realities of global development and sustainability issues. You’ll acquire the foundational Geography skills to equip you to develop your interests and skills in these fields. Year two - In your second year, you’ll acquire more specialist knowledge and skills in topics and research methods relevant to professional practice. Your research skills are developed through an extended research project in the spatial development module where you’ll apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues. You’ll also start to plan for your career options, with opportunities to undertake a work placement or to volunteer overseas. The optional field trip to India offers a unique opportunity to explore development and sustainability themes in a real-world context. On this trip, you’ll examine environmental hazards and development, wellbeing and social inequalities, and the legacy of colonialism. Please note that some of our field trips may incur an additional expense on top of your course fees. Year three - In your final year, you’ll continue to specialise. You’ll also develop your skills as an independent scholar by undertaking primary research that will enable you to demonstrate both the academic and transferable skills you’ve acquired on the course. An optional field trip to Barcelona examines urban regeneration, social inequalities and urban sustainability. There is also the opportunity to undertake a community placement and project as part of your studies.

Assessment method

You’ll experience a variety of assessment methods throughout your degree. These include essays, project reports, presentations, posters, video-clips, field-craft assessments, reflective items, time-constrained tests and examinations. These are designed to give you a rich and diverse skill-set, and be of real benefit in pursuit of your chosen career.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15050 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Global Development and Sustainability at Bath Spa University - UCAS