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Frontiers of Sustainability Science

  • Delivery:
    Online
  • Credits:
    20

This course is designed to allow you to explore the frontiers of knowledge in sustainability science via a directed reading programme and problem-based learning.

Sustainability science has emerged in recent years as a new scientific discipline, at the interface between environmental science and sustainable development. Key objectives of the discipline are to develop an understanding of the dynamics of human-environment systems; to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of practical interventions that promote sustainability in particular places and contexts, and to improve linkages between research, innovation, policy and management.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018

Location:

Distance learning/online

Duration:

10 weeks

Entry requirements:

This course is open to anyone with a relevant undergraduate degree; or to non-graduates/ professionals with significant and relevant work experience, who can demonstrate an ability to both complete and benefit from the course

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

Course details

Key objectives of the discipline are to develop an understanding of the dynamics of human-environment systems; to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of practical interventions that promote sustainability in particular places and contexts; and to improve linkages between research, innovation, policy and management.

The course will provide you with a detailed knowledge of the subject, as well as enabling you to develop advanced literature-based research, evaluation and reporting skills, and application of knowledge to solve problems.

Key themes of the course include:

  • Introduction to sustainability science
  • Context: environmental change and population growth
  • Earth system science
  • Complex systems
  • Resilience
  • Critical loads
  • Ecological footprinting
  • Limits to growth
  • Consumption
  • Common property
  • Transitions to sustainability.

Academic assessment (optional)

In addition to the short course itself you have the option of undertaking further study and completing an academic assessment (an additional fee applies). On successful completion of this assessment you will gain 20 academic credits at postgraduate level (Level 7).

If you choose to take the academic assessment option for this course, it will take roughly four months to complete (from your enrolment through to the submission deadline for your assessment). There is an additional fee of £200 for the Master's level assessment

Fees and funding

The fee for this unit/short course: £600.00.

Additional fee: £200 if you wish to take the academic assessment.

With this type of course (ie. a short course) you will find that the cost of studying is already broken down into smaller, more manageable amounts (in comparison to a full degree, whether at postgraduate or undergraduate levels).

Additional funding help may sometimes be received from your employer given the relevance to your chosen career, if you are a previous student of BU you will receive a discount on your course fees, but other funding options are limited. 

See our fees and funding section for more information. 

How to apply

If you have any further questions about the course, please email Norman Stock or call him on 01202 965575. 

​Alternatively, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

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