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What is Global Sustainable Development?

The United Nations defines Global Sustainable Development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

The world’s population is predicted to grow from six to nine billion between the years 2000 to 2050, with the next few decades predicted to witness significant transformations in economic growth, international relations, human development, biodiversity, human health, and social justice.

Employers and policy makers increasingly need graduates who can consider these national and global challenges from different perspectives, understand their complexity and engage competently with a variety of approaches and potential solutions.

Our Global Sustainable Development degrees address the key issues that all the world’s nations have identified as central to our future. They equip you with the expertise, skills and knowledge that enable you to contribute meaningfully to the debates about these big problems, so that you can make a real difference to the world.

Find out what our courses can offer by checking out the Degree Overview and Course Structure sections on this website, as well as listening to our GSD Radio Podcast.


Thu 17 Aug '17
Congratulations to our new student cohort!

We would like to welcome you to the Global Sustainable Development department and look forward to seeing you in October! We still have some places available in clearing. Look here for more information.

Fri 23 Jun '17
New Undergraduate Degree in Global Sustainable Development

The University has approved a brand new BASc single honours course in Global Sustainable Development to be launched in October 2018.

Building upon the success of the existing joint degree courses and taking account of feedback received from current and prospective students, this new course allows students to study in-depth the issues around Global Sustainable Development that concern them most.

Find out more about the course structure on our webpage.

Mon 31 Jul '17
Know Your Goals Campaign

The 2017 #KnowYourGoals campaign, pioneered by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth), is a global initiative to empower communities to take ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by inviting local organizers, particularly young people, to raise awareness of the SDGs within local campuses and communities.

The campaign will allow local organizers and partners to raise awareness of the SDGs and to celebrate success stories which showcase wonderful examples of local solutions that are tackling sustainable development challenges.

Find out how you can contribute to the campaign and join a global movement to empower local communities for a more sustainable future on the SDNS Youth website.

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