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Today’s students, tomorrow’s sustainability heroes


Making a difference in the fight for the future of our planet is no easy feat. Yet this is exactly what the University of Plymouth empowers its postgraduate students to achieve. In its School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, students are campaigners, influencers, activists, and advocates for a more sustainable world. The shared values they uphold are reinforced by the knowledge and skills they learn, through the programmes they study. Plymouth's location - with its inspiring and unspoilt natural surroundings - makes the shared mission even more pertinent and academic journeys all the more enjoyable.  

Staff and students work and study in the stunning natural landscape of South West England; where National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and characterful towns and cities abound. There’s also a 650 mile-long coastline, meaning the connected community addresses global sustainability challenges both on land and at sea.

Its efforts have catapulted the University of Plymouth to be ranked 9th in the world for its efforts in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal number 17: partnership for the goals.

“Our interdisciplinary team of world-class academics teaches a suite of degree programmes focused on challenges including climate change, natural hazards, social justice, pollution, energy transitions, land- and seascape conservation and the sensitive development of natural resources. Our degree programmes are professionally accredited and designed with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in mind.”

says the Head of School, Professor Jon Shaw.

These are the programmes keeping them at the top.

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