24 months
5725 GBP/year
5725 GBP/year
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Are you passionate about building a future that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive? If so, the Sustainable Development (Online) at University of Sussex is for you. Distinctive in its interdisciplinary approach to the subject area, you’ll focus on the policies and politics of transformations to sustainability, in the era of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Taught within three of the University of Sussex ’s most prestigious research centres, the MSc in Sustainable Development (online) brings together expertise from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), School of Global Studies and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Internationally recognised as leading experts for research and teaching in sustainability, innovation and development studies, the centres work with governments, private organisations and NGOs around the world to develop a better future for all. 

This unique Sustainable Development (Online) at University of Sussex provides you with the opportunity to access to world-renowned academics, whose reputations further Sussex’s position as number 1 in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings 2018, 2019, 2020) from anywhere in the world. 

Throughout the course, you’ll explore issues and challenges from multiple perspectives, and consider how social inequalities are implicated in processes of technological development and environmental change. You’ll bring research and theories together to develop a holistic and innovative approach to developing new ideas and discovering solutions. 

You’ll learn through diverse case studies and focus on issues such as:

  • Energy production and consumption 
  • Agricultural intensification 
  • Carbon trading and waste

You will develop skills to critically examine the current and historical structures of international development, social and technological innovation and clean production and consumption, which shape the possibility of bringing about sustainability transformations in diverse contexts in the Global North and the Global South. 

Peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration is an important element of this course. You will be encouraged to bring your own experience, knowledge, questions and ideas to the classroom to expand the issues and questions explored.

The course is delivered 100% online, giving you the flexibility to fit your Masters around your professional and personal commitments. 

Programme Structure

Developed by leading learning technologists, this course has been specifically designed to be delivered online. 

Teaching takes place within a Virtual Learning Environment and involves interactive lectures, seminars, group and independent work. You will be encouraged to work with fellow students, collaborate on ideas and share your own experiences. 

Modules commence every eight weeks and provide the flexibility to step on and off the course as your professional and personal commitments require*. 

  • 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
  • Decolonising knowledge for Sustainable Development

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

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

  • GPA: Lower second class honours 
  • English requirements: IELTS 6.5

General requirements

  • A lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent. 
  • You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5725 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5725 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.

Course fees are charged on a module by module basis providing students with the financial flexibility to spread the course cost across their studies. 


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.

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!

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