Our GSD joint degrees enable you to investigate the contemporary problems that our governments, scientists, philosophers, educationalists and charities are grappling with, and challenge you to explore possible, practical solutions. You’ll combine your study of sustainable development with Business and will learn how to apply your expertise to the investigation of the world’s most pressing concerns.
Each year, you’ll take half of your modules in Global Sustainable Development and the other half from Business. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete professional certificates in: Digital Literacy, Coaching and Sustainability Auditing.
The GSD component of your course examines crucial challenges in areas such as health, ageing, food security, hunger, energy, labour, climate change, and production and consumption patterns,
from a variety of perspectives offered by experts engaged in real-life research.
Practitioners from the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities spheres will explain how they approach and analyse these issues. You’ll learn their techniques and acquire the research, analytical and rhetorical skills necessary to critique the various approaches. You’ll also examine the possibilities for bringing together sustainability efforts and development policies in a politically sound, economically
fair and socially democratic setting.
First-year core GSD modules consider different perspectives that might be taken on global issues, corresponding to the United Nations’ three pillars of Sustainable Development – Economic, Social and
Environmental. You’ll also complete a group project on a controversial, local, topical problem that poses significant sustainable development questions.
In your second year, you have a choice of GSD modules. You can take either Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development, which examines issues surrounding health and the representation of bodies
in contemporary culture, or Food Security which will examine the relationship between
food and sustainability using theories and methods from the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
You will also choose a module from a range of options available across the University which has a focus on sustainability. Alternatively, after the first term at Warwick studying Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development or Food Security you may choose to travel to one our overseas partners, where you’ll continue taking relevant modules in Global Sustainable Development and your joint degree subject.
Your final year comprises modules on Work and Energy, examining their economic, social and environmental impact on sustainable global development. You’ll also bring together your knowledge, ideas and conclusions in a dissertation focusing on a GSD issue.
You’ll learn at the internationally renowned Warwick Business School (WBS), home to some of the world’s leading experts in business studies. In your first year, you’ll acquire an understanding of the key
theories and fundamental approaches of business studies. Second-year modules will develop your analytical skills and explore how these can be applied to real-world problems. You’ll also be able to choose from module options offered by WBS according to your individual intellectual interests.
Options available to current students include: Business Law, Supply Chain Management, and Managing Organisations. In your final year, you can tailor your module choices to enrich the focus of
your GSD dissertation.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.