Masters by Research or PhD Sustainability (Postgraduate)


Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Join a research community with an excellent international reputation. Hubs of sustainability research activity are found in the School of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS), the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) and the International Research Into Sustainability (IRIS). Develop high-level knowledge and skills through your research with supervision from our internationally active and respected team of researchers. Specialisms include leadership and governance, change management, community development, consumer and lifestyle choices, the ecosystem approach, science and communication strategies, monitoring and evaluation, policy, consultancy, as well as education and learning.  

Make a contribution to knowledge and change in sustainability across the globe through the contacts and research projects we have with global organisations. Much of this research focuses on people’s responses to sustainability, particularly in relation to engagement and professional responsibilities. Science and technology can assist in defining problems and identifying solutions but ultimately changes towards sustainability are dependent on people’s decisions, choices and actions.

Develop advanced skills in participatory enquiry, critical action research and other innovative methodologies, to make real change towards sustainability. Learn through seminars, workshops, projects and lectures with peers.

Entry requirements

  • All research students who have not already completed a relevant masters degree, or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training, are required to complete the postgraduate certificate in research methods
  • An honours degree of upper second class or above from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification, is normally required in a subject area relevant to your chosen research topic
  • In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area
  • Registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD
  • Candidates with a master’s degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for a PhD directly.


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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

"Malcolm's teaching and research interests are based on his background in history and anthropology. He is interested in ordinary experiences of cultural and social life and also has a particular interest in research design and ethics. He is also research degree's lead for the Schools of Sport & Exercise, Natural & Social Sciences and Health & Social Care."


Develop advanced research skills with specialist training

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Mix with national, European and international policy communities

Develop important relationships with professionals from national, European and international policy communities.

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