Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Information for students

The Global Graduate Award (GGA) in Sustainability module is available to all students of the University - undergraduate, postgraduate and exchange students.  While you'll all be attending classes together and are required to complete the same tasks in order to complete the module successfully, there are some differences, explained in more detail below.

Undergraduate students

If you are an undergraduate student, you can take a different GGA module every year. For each GGA module that you complete successfully, you will receive 15 co-curricular credits, the same number of credits as for any other undergraduate degree module. The final mark will be recorded on your transcript, but the credits will not count towards your degree or your degree classification.

Postgraduate students

If you are a postgraduate student, you will receive a certificate, detailing your final mark. You will not receive co-curricular credits, and the module will not appear on your transcript.

Erasmus/exchange students

If you are an exchange student (eg, Erasmus, occasional student, etc) enrolled as an undergraduate student, and you are here for two semesters, you can take a GGA module for co-curricular credits.  

For more information, please see the following file:

Information for Students.


Frequently asked questions

How many modules can I take each year?

You can take one Global Graduate Award (GGA) module per year.

Is the GGA in Sustainability open to postgraduate students?

The GGA in Sustainability is open to postgraduate students, but it’s not credit-bearing. You’re expected to complete assignments, and will receive a certificate listing your grade on successful completion of the module.

My application is ‘pending’. What does that mean?

A ‘pending’ application either means that we have not yet had a chance to process your application, or the class is full and you’ve been placed on the waiting list. (If you don’t want to remain on the waiting list, please cancel your application.)

I applied several days ago. Why have I not heard from you?

Please be patient, we’ve probably not been able to process your application yet.

I don’t yet have my timetable/URN. Can I still apply?

Please wait for your timetable. There’s usually no undergraduate teaching on Wednesdays from 12 noon, but please check with your School/Department whether any other activity (eg, lab sessions) are planned.

What happens if I don’t pass the module?

If you’re an undergraduate student, you’ll be registered for the module on SITS (the University’s registration system). You’re registered so that your results are recorded on your transcript at the end of the academic year. If you fail the module, the fail mark will be recorded on your transcript.

If you’re a postgraduate student, you’ll only receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

I’m no longer free for the class. What should I do?

You can cancel your booking up until 12 noon on Friday 21st October 2016. If you’re an undergraduate student and fail to withdraw by then, the GGA module will remain on your transcript and a fail mark will be recorded.

If you have a timetable clash in Semester 2, you’ll be withdrawn from the course, and no record of the course will appear on your transcript.

How many hours of independent study should I set aside for the GGA?

You should dedicate at least three hours a week to completing assignments and independent study.

How do I register?

Register online at http://magic.surrey.ac.uk/gga/servlet/SignIn. For more information contact gga.sustainability@surrey.ac.uk.