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Sustainable Places (MRes, PGCert)

The MRes Sustainable Places programme has been designed as a level 7 award that will provide a continual professional development opportunity for research and inquiry in areas of business, society, community and systems.

Within the programme students study system, community or societal attributes through the lens of sustainability places research which will prepare them for the changing nature and role of sustainable places in the twenty-first century. 

  • Postgraduate Certificate Sustainable Places (PGCert)
  • Master by Research Sustainable Places (MRes)

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to UWTSD.  Contact Admissions Tutor Anthony Burns for details: a.burns@uwtsd.ac.uk

Request Information
Contact Email: r.mullins@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Dr Roisin Mullins

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  1. Be part of rethinking business for a changing world by joining an award-winning business school*
  2. Study a postgraduate qualification that will make you future ready for making decisions about what makes a Sustainable Place.
  3. Engage in collaborative learning with students from around the world.
  4. Enhance your research and communication skills.
  5. Benefit from excellent academic and pastoral support**

*UWTSD Carmarthen Business School: Rethinking Business for a Changing World Winner of ‘Tomorrow’s Employees’ at the Green Gown Awards 2018

**UWTSD ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in teaching quality in Business Studies – The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The notion of sustainable places is often bound up in environmental, planning and behavioural policy and research thinking. While these areas are vitally important there are aspects of community and systems in society that are overlooked as representing a significant domain within sustainable places. For this reason, this research-led programme has a focus on community, society and systems for collaboration in a sustainable place.

A sustainable place can be regarded as a locality, and a locality is a place that should be enabled for a future instilled with meaning by human experience, reclaiming the significance of the local in the global age and not just for a remembrance to the past. It is this reclaiming for the future that establishes the strength of this trans-disciplinary programme which is aimed at rescuing and liberating the local be that system, community or societal attributes through the lens of sustainability places research.

The course will examine topics and tools from extensive discipline areas that are of concern to business, society, community and systems to stretch students’ standpoints and considerations of sustainable places research.

The programme is delivered on campus and through our online Virtual Learning Environment where you will get access to all your key learning activities, resources and your learning group using the latest interactive communications tools and applications. Our University support services are on hand to guide you through your studies.

Module Topics

Part I (PGCert & MRes)

Research Inquiry and Proposal (30 credits; compulsory)

In this module, students explore the appropriate contexts for using qualitative and quantitative research techniques, the philosophical underpinnings, strengths and limitations of qualitative research, and use the knowledge, skills and applied understanding required to shape a research proposal. 

Sustainable Places (30 credits; compulsory)

This second module engages students to develop an enhanced awareness of and analytical reflections on the significance of sustainable places, in the context of the community place, workplace and the virtual place.  The students will also develop a critical and analytical understanding of the changing nature of places in a local and global context influenced by the characteristics of sustainable models and developments.

Part II (MRes)

Sustainable Places Research Dissertation (120 credits; compulsory)

A 120 credit thesis.



All assessments will be submitted online and will build and reflect on the collaborative activity within the modules. The tutor will provide formative and summative feedback and will be available by email, telephone and/ or Skype for further clarification of feedback if requested by the student. Progression and award will comply with the standard University regulations for Masters programs. Arrangement for re-sit work will be provided through the University VLE.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

All applicants will be individually considered for admission using the following criteria:

  • Normally, the possession of a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution.
  • Demonstrably appropriate motivation and ambition for studying Sustainable Places.
  • Fulfilling the essential criteria for the admission to a postgraduate programme.
  • There is no requirement for attendance in the UK for the online MRes Sustainable Places online/distance learning programme.
  • Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have demonstrable confidence to study through the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0.
  • Applicants must have suitable access to computer equipment so that they can access the University VLE.

Admission criteria and entry qualifications for the Postgraduate Programme may also include the applicant having equivalent of:-

  • (i) A non-honours bachelors degree in a related or cognate subject from a UK university and relevant evidenced experience (normally equivalent to or comparable with two years)
  • (ii) An honours degree from a UK University in a non-related or cognate subject where the applicant has evidenced relevant experience (normally equivalent to or comparable with two years)
  • (iii) An equivalent certificated degree from a non-UK institution to those specified in (i) and (ii) above.

Normally, all applicants at postgraduate level are interviewed. An offer of a place may be made based on the application form alone including academic history, a personal statement and a reference.

International students, for whom English is not the first language, are subject to additional requirements and will be requested to provide evidence of sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of Postgraduate Programmes. Normally an IELTS test score of 6.0 or 232 for the computer test or evidence or supplied references to working for a period of more than one year through the medium of English.

Career Opportunities

The MRes Sustainable Places programme has been designed to provide a continual professional development opportunity for sustainable political, civic and public governance, administration, decision making and policy-making. 

Students on the programme will develop knowledge and understanding of Sustainable Places research through critical engagement with their own practice.

Key potential roles include Sustainability Manager; Project Manager; Consultant; Sustainability Activist or Change Agent in Business, industry, development; The Arts; social enterprises; government; NGOs; charities, health or education.

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as dissertation but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

Visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section to find out more.