Our curriculum

Teaching staff draw on Sustainability Society and Health research expertise in acute, community and primary care, working in partnership with public health, local authorities, independent sector, schools, and GP practices to innovate and build healthier communities. 

Year 1 

All our Nursing and Midwifery students are introduced to sustainability in their first week at induction. Students explore sustainability principles in core modules such as understanding core concepts of health and the wider determinants of health, emphasising links with health inequalities in a changing climate. Sustainability is embedded in skills sessions, and we encourage students to be critical reflective learners able to challenge their own assumptions and those of others, and to make evidence informed and ethical decisions.

Year 2

Sustainability is embedded in a range of modules in year 2, using evidence from our own research and that of others. We cover topics such as global public health issues and inequalities, and the links between environment and wellbeing. The sustainable use of resources is covered in topics such as medicines management, and a sustainability and health skills session based on our own research. 

Adult nursing students apply their understanding of sustainability for public health and health promotion in their second year; learning eco-centric approaches to community engagement and supportive self-care skills for living well with long-term conditions.        

Year 3

Sustainability is discussed in the context of, for example leadership and management, and public health. Sustainability skills are further developed through scenario-based learning and can be explored in evidence-informed decision-making.

Masters level 

The Masters in Contemporary Healthcare incorporates core and optional modules such as Health and Social Care Futures which has a focus on Sustainability in Health and Social Care. Work Based Learning in Community Contexts encourages community nurses to advance their practice and reduce the impact of resource scarcity. Students build healthier communities through collaborative working to support people living with long-term conditions.

ResM and PhD 

Opportunities are available for students who want to explore: 

  • The Sustainable use of Health and Social Care Resources
  • Healthy Sustainable Communities 
  • Education for Sustainable Health and Social Care Development


Through Erasmus we are developing and understanding of Sustainability, Climate Change and Health issue in other countries in Europe.