Global Challenge Pathways - information for current students

Many of our courses include the option to choose exciting routes of elective study called Global Challenge Pathways. These allow you to explore current debates, enhance your understanding and employability, and complement your chosen subject.

Global Challenge Pathways are Keele’s ground-breaking brand of elective study, which eligible students can take alongside their core degree programme to complement and enhance their studies at Keele.

From Climate Change and Sustainability to Social Justice, our pathways allow you to explore the global challenges that we face. You will develop the skills to address these challenges with confidence and critical insight. 

These pathways are available to eligible undergraduate students and are just one of the ways in which we provide additional opportunities for Keele students to stand out from the crowd. Many of our students are able to study one of the six pathways from the start of their course, with some courses offering GCP from the second year where module credits don't allow it in the first year. 


Each pathway is designed to enable students to engage with a global issue or challenge which connects them directly to societal issues, often working with staff and students from different subject areas.

Students on the pathways can take part in research-driven and external-facing projects which address current controversies and debates.

Global Challenge Pathways give you the opportunity to:

  • Present your ideas and outputs to employers, organisations and communities
  • Build a powerful digital showcase to carry your learning and achievements with you
  • Link your studies to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Please note, Global Challenge Pathways are only available to eligible students with a certain amount of free modules in their curriculum, and not all pathways are available to all students; please check your programme course page for details.