Sustainable Development

Stellenbosch University

M.Phil. On Campus
12 months
3530 EUR/year
2258 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Our postgraduate programmes in Sustainable Development at the Stellenbosch University are taught at the Lynedoch Campus in collaboration with the Sustainability Institute.


The MPhil in Sustainable Management at the Stellenbosch University comprises a thesis plus a minimum of two modules, and is presented over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). 

What we offer

At the SPL (School of Public Leadership) we prepare graduates for leading roles in public and civic organisations to tackle development and governance challenges.

Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, competencies and values required to build sustainable African societies within a rapidly changing and complex world. Emphasis is placed on the ability of graduates to craft and facilitate an open civic public realm wherein dialogue and contestation can thrive thanks to a culture of tolerance, modisty, solidarity and compassion. To this end, the SPL's teaching, research, consulting and community interaction are designed to foster excellence, social entrepreneurship, reflexive leadership and effective management. 

We excel in developing the competencies needed to work within complex, multidisciplinary networks and diverse operating environments.

After completion of the Post Graduate Diploma (PGD), students wishing to complete the Sustainable Development Planning specialisation (in order to work as planners in SA ), are advised to select the 120 credit thesis plus 4 electives option. It is recommended that these 4 additional modules are selected from the Sustainable Development Planning Stream of the PGD; or from the MPhil Environmental Management or HonsPA or MPA programmes delivered by SPL; or from the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) or the MPhil in Urban and Regional Science offered by the Centre of Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) which is part of the Geography and Environmental Studies Department in the Faculty of Arts. Besides the PGD modules , other specific electives that are recommended are Geographical Information Systems in Environmental Analysis and Management (or a similar GIS module), Project Management (SPL) and Urban Management Processes (CRUISE). The research component for the MPhil will also need to have a "Sustainable Development Planning" focus.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Thesis: Sustainable development

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • PGDip in Sustainable Development
  • All students wishing to apply for the MPhil in Sustainable Development are required to complete the PGDip in Sustainable Development before starting the MPhil. No other degree or qualification will be recognised as an entry requirement to the MPhil

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3530 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3530 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    2258 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2258 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • SADC and Africa: R45,000
  • International: R70,350


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Sustainable Development
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