Why study Sustainability?

The subject of sustainability is relatively new which means that choosing a degree and later career in a sustainability-related field will allow you to become a future change maker. Not only will you be choosing the path that’s best for you but also supporting and helping our planet.

Sustainability is a broad field with three key principles: profit, people and planet. This means that many subjects (whether directly focused on sustainability or not) features some elements of sustainability which gives you more freedom with regards to choosing the subject that is best for you. With the topic of sustainability becoming much more prominent worldwide, now is a great time for you to learn more and join the rising number of students who are choosing sustainability-related degrees!

What degree courses can you study at university?

There are a variety of Sustainability (and related) courses that you could study at university including:

What career could I progress to?

Possibilities are endless as the variety of Sustainability-related degree courses available can lead you to a multitude of career pathways!


Sustainability at NCUK Universities

NCUK Universities worldwide have made great strides in becoming more sustainable with many winning awards, receiving achievements, integrating sustainability into established degree courses or supporting students with projects outside of classes. Examples include:

University of Alberta

The university is a charter member of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System™ (STARS®), a voluntary self-reporting framework for higher education.

University of Bristol

Over 85% of undergraduate students have an opportunity to study sustainability within their course.

Keele University

Named Sustainability Institution of the Year at the Green Gown Awards 2021. Keele University was one of the first universities in the UK to declare a ‘climate emergency’ in 2019 and their goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Lincoln University

Ranked the 51st most sustainable university in the world (2020 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings). The rankings include 912 universities from 84 countries.

Massey University

In the Top 30 in Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture in the world (QS Subject Rankings 2021). Top 2 in Food Technology in New Zealand College of Creative Arts are ranked first in the Asia Pacific with Red Dot.

Victoria University of Wellington

Strives to become a net zero-carbon university by 2030. Sustainability activities on campus include reducing energy consumption; minimising waste to landfill; water conservation across all locations as well as the development of buildings and grounds with a focus on sustainability through design, construction and operation.

Choose The Right Degree For You

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