12 months
1892 USD/year
1750 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The integrated Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University comprises two connected formal degrees, where students can choose to exit the programme after one year, graduating with a PGDip in Sustainable Development, or continue from the PGDip into the MPhil in Sustainable Development.


Key facts

As the various global social and environmental crises deepen, a new generation is rising up into leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, thus requiring a broad trans-disciplinary understanding of the various dimensions of these crises and related solutions.

This integrated Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University aims to equip people with the knowledge, experience, and skills they will need if they are to grow and develop to be ready for a different future.

This degree programme is aimed at early and mid-career specialists and generalist professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Each year, a cohort of around 60 students embark on a one- or two-year journey in sustainability.

Programme Structure

  • Delivered by the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) at Stellenbosch University, in collaboration with the Sustainability Institute, the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development integrates a multi-disciplinary understanding of the diverse issues involved in the planning, management, and practice of sustainable development throughout the world, and Africa in particular. 
  • Signing up for a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Sustainable Development means more than an accreditation. You will meet and build a life-long network with a diverse group of like-minded, Southern African and international graduate students and working professionals, who are seeking to gain practical insights and deepen their understanding of what sustainable and just futures means.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • PGDip (Sustainable Development) – 31 August  
  • MPhil (Sustainable Development) – 30 September  


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All submitted SUNStudent applications will be checked by the University's central admissions office.
  • You will be required to email your completed departmental form, a 1000 word motivation and your CV to our programme administrator within a set period of time (usually ten days).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1892 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1892 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1750 USD per year during 12 months.
  • SADC - minimum compulsatory initial fee: R30,000; Tuition fee: R0
    • Africa - minimum compulsatory initial fee R30,000; Tuition fee: R0
    • Rest of the World - minimum compulsatory initial fee: R30,000; Tuition fee R32,425

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /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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