12 months
23000 GBP/year
12000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Sustainable Development programme at The University of Exeter explores environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges from local to global scales. Join our vibrant postgraduate community benefiting from research-inspired teaching and access to outstanding facilities.

Visit the official programme website for more information


  • Enhance your career and employment prospects by studying both the theory of sustainable development and its implementation in a range of contexts.
  • Examine international policies, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and specific policy areas such as climate change, energy, human health, wellbeing and environmental governance.
  • Study at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall: a living laboratory with diverse marine and terrestrial habitats, a wealth of natural resources, and creative and resilient communities.


The interdisciplinary and applied nature of the Sustainable Development programme at The University of Exeter  equips you with a depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and experiences that make graduates highly employable across a diverse range of careers. The degree offers high-quality social science research training and applied expertise which could lead to careers that focus on:

  • NGOs and third sector

MSc Sustainable Development graduates are well placed to take up roles in non-governmental and civil society organisations that are working towards environmental and social sustainability around the world. These roles include project development, research, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, community support, and advocacy for policy change.

  • Consultancy

A range of consultancies specialising in areas such as environmental management, climate change and international development require graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge of sustainability challenges. These roles include practical applications of knowledge through environmental and social impact assessments, independent research and advisory roles.

  • Business and sustainability

There is growing demand for innovation to meet sustainability challenges in the private sector. This area includes roles responsible for sustainable development policy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and responsible business management in a wide range of economic sectors including energy consortia, the financial sector, and industry.

  • Public sector

Careers in the public sector are highly varied and examine the role of sustainability in planning, resource management and social development. Opportunities include national government agencies such as Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for International Development (DFID). At a local level, jobs aligned to this expertise include local authorities and planning departments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives on Sustainable Development
  • Transdisciplinary Methods for Sustainability Science
  • Project Design
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Themes in Climate Change
  • Independent Work-based Learning
  • Policy and Governance for Sustainability

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Whilst we don’t have a formal deadline for application, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We close to applications wishing to join us for study in 2022/2023 on Friday 16 September. We advise international applicants to submit a complete application by mid-July.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
  • All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a First class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. If you are shortlisted you will be required to attend an informal interview.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    23000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • MSc: £6,000 pt
  • MSc  International Placement: £14,500 ; £7,250 pt


  • £11,500 pt
  • MSc with International Placement: £24,300 

Living costs for Exeter

649 - 1087 GBP /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.

Our partners

Sustainable Development
The University of Exeter


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!