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In 2015 the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Made up of 17 goals, the agenda aims to end poverty and hunger, achieve gender equality, peace, responsible production and consumption and urgent climate. To meet these goals the University of Sussex and the world needs a passionate workforce of social entrepreneurs, engaged scholars and committed political activists. 
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Developed by three of the world’s leading research centres in the fields of sustainability, innovation and development studies, this Masters takes an in interdisciplinary approach to teaching and is led by renowned academics from Sussex’s Science Policy Research Unit, School of Global Studies and The Institute of Development Studies. 

In this Sustainable Development programme from the University of Sussex, you’ll learn to analyse the politics of sustainable development policies and practices, using different conceptual perspectives and methodological approaches, cutting across a wide range of social science disciplines. 

Teaching focuses on real-world issues such as transforming energy production and consumption, climate-related disasters, agricultural intensification, waste and pollution. You’ll learn how social power and inequalities are implicated in processes of technological development and environmental change and explore the conditions under which sustainability transformations are achieved, to tackle social inequalities and environmental degradation.

Teaching is interdisciplinary, incorporating perspectives from economics, political science, science technology and society studies, international relations, anthropology, economics, innovation studies and human geography. 

100% Online Programme

Learning 100% online, you’ll engage with students and academics from around the world, critically and constructively analysing the work of international governments, businesses, NGOs and civil society actors to achieve structures and solutions for a sustainable future. 

Programme Structure

Taught 100% online, this course gives you the flexibility to fit study around your professional and personal commitments. Modules provide the knowledge and skills employers from the public, private and third sectors require to meet the industry skills gap. 

  • Sustainable Development: Politics and Policies
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Understanding the Policy-Making Process
  • Key Perspectives in International Development
  • Democratising Science and Technology
  • Globalisation and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power
  • Perspectives, Methods and Skills
  • Innovation for Sustainability
  • Critical Issues in Sustainability: Environment, Agriculture, Health
  • Market-based Solutions for Sustainable Development: Pitfalls and Possibilities
  • Decolonising knowledge for Sustainable Development
This course is practical and applied, assessments are taken throughout each module (no exams or dissertation). 


Designed for those passionate to deliver viable solutions for a sustainable future, this course provides essential knowledge, skills and training for students who are looking to progress their career with governments, NGOs and private companies around the world. 


This course is taught by internationally renowned academics for sustainability, innovation and development studies. Teaching is led by three of Sussex’s most proficient research centres, with Sussex ranked first in the world for Development Studies (QS World Rankings 2017, 2018, 2019). By learning online with Sussex you can gain access to this expert learning from wherever you are in the world. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Modules start every two months with students having the option to step on and off the course as they require.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Duration description

      Maximum study time four years. 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent.

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!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11450 GBP/full
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  • EU/EEA

    11450 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
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Course fees are charged on a module by module basis providing students with the financial flexibility to spread the course cost across their studies. 


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