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Key Programme Information

  • Degree MSc Sustainability in Practice
  • Language English
  • Awarding Body University of Plymouth
  • Start January, May or September Next start date is 15th January 2024
  • Cost £6,500
  • Duration 12 months
  • Apply now

Welcome Aboard

A welcome to your course from Alex Mejia, Director, Division for People and Social Inclusion Head, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

UNITAR provides innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to enhance global decision-making and support country-level action for shaping a better future.

Course Description

Aimed at mid to senior management this programme is designed for leaders, managers and individuals in charge of teams or workplace sustainability.

Eager to learn, develop and drive organisational change in the world of sustainability, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 12-month research project that will explore your workplace or community challenges as well as create authentic and sustainable solutions that can be implemented.

The process will start with a planning phase. We will ask you to plot a course of creating sustainable changes to your workplace or community, and then roll your sleeves up and get on with it.

This is why it is called Participatory Action Research – it is about you getting involved and taking part in the making of change, not just ‘directing traffic’. Along the way, we will talk about designing evaluations, creating objectives, dealing with conflict, considering others.

You will, first-hand, create authentic and sustainable solutions to problems your working environment needs investigating to the successful achievement of at least one SDG. You might not get there fully by the end, but you will reflect upon the process and identify opportunities for future projects. However, you will have made a start, maybe a small one. But by doing so, you will have left the world of talking about sustainability behind and taken active ownership of some part of a sustainable future.

Application Information

  • A copy of your CV
  • A suitable English language certificate, for example an IELTS. A full list of certificates accepted can be found here. (For International students only)
  • Copies of academic certificates and/or transcripts
  • A copy of your passport (photo page only)
  • A 200-300 word personal statement explaining your motivation for wanting to join this programme. You may find our Guidance document helpful.

Entry Requirements

You must possess one of the below:

  • Post Graduate Diploma or equivalent, in a related subject area
  • Relevant work or life experience in a relevant subject area


  • English language certificate. For example an IELTS score of 6.5. For a full list of English language certificates accepted click here.

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