12 months
22500 GBP/year
13135 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Help build a future that is sustainable and inclusive. This Sustainable Development degree offered at University of Sussex is designed to be accessible to people from different academic and professional backgrounds.


You’ll enjoy broad-based, interdisciplinary social science training necessary for careers focused on sustainability transformations. The Sustainable Development course at University of Sussex is critical and constructive, drawing on ideas and concepts from:

  • economics
  • development studies
  • political science
  • innovation studies
  • science, technology and society studies.

You’ll learn to translate socio-ecological theories and technological innovation into effective policies and practices for sustainable development. These skills are in demand in:

  • international development agencies
  • NGOs
  • government ministries and firms in the Global South and North.

You’ll benefit from the expertise in SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, the largest academic body in the world studying science, technology and innovation.


Our graduates are well prepared for PhD-level study and careers in:

  • business and consultancy organisations
  • government ministries
  • NGOs
  • international organisations such as the UN
  • think-tanks
  • social enterprises and other not-for-profits.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Innovation and Economic Development
  • Policy Making and Policy Analysis
  • Sustainable Development: Politics and Policies
  • Decolonising Development
  • Energy and Development
  • Energy Policy and Sustainability
  • Governing Energy Transitions
  • Governing Innovations for Sustainable Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.
  • Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13135 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13135 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brighton

815 - 1383 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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