Study sustainability with new degree programme

University Centre South Essex has launched a new and unique degree programme about sustainability.

The course, BSc (Hons) Sustainability and Global Citizenship, will be offered at the centre’s Southend town centre site and is validated by the University of East Anglia.

The degree will cover the environmental, political, cultural and social aspects of sustainability. Students will learn about topical issues and research methods in this subject area.

Fiona Watson is the course leader. She has recently completed her PhD in marine biology with an emphasis on protected areas in the ocean and how to conserve fishing, meaning her knowledge around sustainability is very contemporary.

Fiona said: “Scientists have reported that we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event on the planet. To my mind, this is the most concerning aspect of the threat to sustainability. Loss of biodiversity leaves the planet in a fragile state and ecosystems are unbalanced. Urgent action is needed for the earth to recover.”

The degree will collaborate with businesses, local government and NGOs including Oxfam, Ahimsa Dairy Foundation plus RiverCare and BeachCare.

Students will be able to go into a huge variety of careers after completing the degree. They could work on conservation projects or become policy advisors to local government, the job market is buoyant in this area.

Olga Hermann has applied to study the degree next year. She said: “I chose to apply for the new course so I am able to contribute and help resolve the issues the world currently faces.

“Sustainability is a growing field with a varied amount of job opportunities. With the degree I plan to become either a climate change analyst or a corporate sustainability strategist.”

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