Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Collaborative Research Program (thesis-based)


Home Degree Program + Collaborative Environment and Sustainability Program

The Collaborative Program in Environment and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary enrichment program designed for current graduate students (MSc/MA/MESc or PhD) who wish to become specialists in specific aspects of environment and sustainability, and who also wish to gain an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and solutions.  the student earns a degree in the home department plus credit for participation in the enrichment program.     

The Collaborative Program in Environment and Sustainability was designed with three goals in mind:

  1. to build upon and complement the discipline-based programs relevant to environment and sustainability;
  2. to promote an appreciation on the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems; and
  3. to develop a community of students and faculty across Western who are interested in environment and sustainability.


Program Progression
Participation in the Collaborative Environment and Sustainability Program is always in addition to participation in a home degree program; the student earns a degree in the home department plus credit for successful concurrent completion of the enrichment program.