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Sustainable Development

SOAS University of London

24 months
5135 GBP/year
5135 GBP/year
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The rationale for this innovative Sustainable Development programme from SOAS University of London 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.

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This Sustainable Development programme from SOAS University of London 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 programme 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


Graduates from the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy leave SOAS with in-depth knowledge about the environment and sustainability challenges facing the world today, as well as the interdisciplinary skills to tackle them. Graduates go on to apply their learning in the private and public sectors, international organisations, NGO's, consultancies and development sector.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • African Development Bank Group
  • BP
  • Civic Exchange, Hong Kong
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Energy Networks Association
  • Energy UK
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • ESB
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Plan UK
  • Public Policy Projects
  • UN Environment Programme
  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

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

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  • International

    5135 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10270 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    5135 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10270 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • PgDip: £8,200 per full
  • PgCert: £4,100 per full


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