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Ranked No.1 in the world for Development Studies, Sussex’s globally recognised experts will teach you the skills you need to change the world during the Sustainable Development (Online) program from University of Sussex.

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Overview

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Aiming to end poverty and hunger while achieving gender equality, peace, responsible production and consumption, urgent climate action, as well as caring for life on land and below water, the Goals are challenging and ambitious.

Meeting the SDGs requires extensive transformations in the way markets, civil society and states work in much of the world. These sustainability transformations will need to be impassioned and practical, bridging different socio-economic sectors, knowledge disciplines and policy silos. They will need knowledgeable social entrepreneurs, engaged scholars and committed political activists, equipped to work across silos and sectors, with suitable interdisciplinary skills.

It is such entrepreneurs, scholars and activists that this distinct Masters aims to empower. You’ll benefit from expertise drawn from three of the most proficient research units in this area, the Science Policy Research Unit, School of Global Studies and Institute of Development Studies. This interdisciplinary Masters will help develop conceptual and constructive skills based on interrogating knowledges across multiple disciplines. It will enable you to contribute effectively to the realisation of the SDGs through widespread sustainability transformations.

The University of Sussex has been ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies for the past four years (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).

This Sustainable Development (Online) course from University of Sussex is part-time and can be completed in a minimum of two years and maximum of four. Students have the opportunity to step on and off the course, pausing their studies if their work or life commitments require.

Why choose this course?

  • Ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies(2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), above Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford and London School of Economics, the University of Sussex is at the forefront of teaching and research in sustainable development.
  • 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. 
  • Focus on real-world issues such as transforming energy production and consumption, climate-related disasters, agricultural intensification, waste and pollution. 
  • Learn how social power and inequalities are implicated in processes of technological development and environmental change. 
  • 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. 
  • Engaging with Sussex lecturers and with fellow students from around the world, you will critically and constructively analyse the work of government, business and civil society actors in sustainable development.
  • With employability firmly in mind, you’ll take part in both independent and group work, studying sustainable development policies and strategies for international agencies, NGOs, public and private organisations.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • 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

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are six start dates every academic year, providing maximum flexibility for our students.

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5875 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11750 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5875 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11750 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

If students pay per module:

  • Module 1-11 = £980
  • Module 12 = £970

Funding

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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