Sustainable Development (Online)

SOAS University of London

Master Online
24 months
4937 GBP/year
4937 GBP/year
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The rationale for this innovative Sustainable Development (Online) programme at SOAS University of London of study lies in the global environmental and development challenges that have been articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals.


It is clear that solutions to the challenge of sustainable development require holistic, integrated and co-ordinated actions across a very wide range of sectors, and will increasingly require a multidisciplinary approach. This programme aims to provide students with a broad grounding in the main concepts associated with sustainable development, but also provides the opportunity to specialise in one area in greater depth.

This Sustainable Development (Online) programme at SOAS University of London provides a theoretical basis for understanding the evolution, meanings and use of the concept of sustainable development and it will help you to gain practical research experience. You will also acquire the skills needed to understand current environmental, development and sustainability issues and debates.

The aims of the programme are:

  • to provide students with the skills necessary to analyse and interpret current issues and debates related to sustainable development
  • to enhance knowledge and understanding for decision- and policy-making on sustainable development issues
  • to enhance students' critical, analytical, and integrative skills for responding to sustainable development challenges
  • to provide research training and experience in relation to sustainable development.


Graduates of this programme will have a wide range of backgrounds and will typically find work in:

  • government ministries and other public sector organisations concerned with policy analysis in the fields of sustainable development and environmental planning
  • international organisations, such as UN agencies, concerned with the sustainability of economic change
  • Non-governmental organisations NGOs
  • private sector organisations concerned about the social and environmental impact of their operations
  • consultancy organisations providing advice on issues of sustainability
  • applied research and teaching in institutions of research and higher education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Understanding Sustainable Development 
  • Climate Change Adaptation 
  • Energy and Development 
  • Food Security and Social Protection
  • Global Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • Low Carbon Development
  • Understanding Poverty

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits
  • PGDip 120 



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
First Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good first degree in an appropriate subject area, as accepted by the University of London, and a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4937 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9875 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4937 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9875 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • PgDip: £7,900 per full
  • PgCert: £3,950 per full


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Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Sustainable Development (Online)
SOAS University of London


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