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Our Courses and Modules

Universities plays a key role in educating future generations of citizens, consumers, investors, entrepreneurs, leaders, and decision-makers within Wales, the UK, and globally. 

Sustainability principles are embedded in a wide range of teaching subjects at Cardiff University, thereby empowering our students and graduates to contribute towards a more sustainable society.

Sustainability Courses and Modules at Cardiff University

Student on Environmental Field Course

Student on Environmental Geoscience Field Course. Image courtesy

There are many courses and modules at Cardiff University that address sustainable development, including:

  • Degree courses that explicitly address sustainability issues such as 
  • Interdisciplinary degree courses including:
  • Degree courses that address quality of life and welfare, which are central to sustainable development, including
    • BSc in Social Policy (School of Social Sciences), 
    • MA in Ethics and Social Philosophy (School of English, Communication and Philosophy), and 
    • BSc in Geography (Human) and Planning (School of Geography and Planning).
    • a wide range of health-based courses provided by the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Healthcare Studies, Optometry & Vision Sciences, Pharmacy, and  Nursing & Midwifery.
  • Modules with an emphasis on sustainable development issues including:

These are only examples of the wide range available. For more information, please see our web pages for prospective students.


Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum

PCUTL (the Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning) is a programme that supports staff development as competent, confident and reflective university teachers. The University is committed to helping participants on this course explore the place of sustainable development within their teaching modules. The University has therefore taken the step of embedding the Sustainable Development in Higher Education agenda within PCUTL.

This will enable sustainability to be practised and taught within a wide range of teaching modules in the University.

We are also hopeful that the cross-disciplinary nature of PCUTL will enable participants to take ideas forward as interdisciplinary mini-projects.

This part of the PCUTL module has been facilitated by Professor Ken Peattie and Dr Rodrigo Lozano.


Auditing Sustainability in the Curriculum - the STAUNCH Tool

As part of our ambition to integrate sustainable development principles more strongly within the curricula of Cardiff University’s schools and the modules they offer, the University developed the ground-breaking Sustainability Tool for Auditing UNiversity Curricula in Higher-Education (STAUNCH). 

This tool, developed within the University's Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) provided a uniquely systematic and holistic review of how the modules offered within the different schools contribute to the education of students on sustainability topics. 

All Cardiff University undergraduate modules were audited using the STAUNCH system. The results have helped individual schools, and the University as a whole, to plan the further integration of sustainability principles within Cardiff’s teaching. 

The STAUNCH system has been made available commercially to other institutions, and it was adopted by the Welsh Assembly Government as the standard technique for conducting audits of sustainability across the curricula of all Welsh Higher Education Institutions as part of the Welsh Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC).

The STAUNCH system was shortlisted in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards in October 2008 for "outstanding contribution to sustainable development".