Master's degrees in Sustainable Development teach students the principles and practices of sustainability. Future graduates can use their knowledge and skills to address major environmental issues, like clean water scarcity, sanitation, renewable energy sources, reusing and recycling waste, overall pollution and the disappearance of endangered species.
If you believe that the natural environment is the most crucial resource for our wellbeing, and that taking care of it and its numerous resources and ecosystems is fundamental for our development and sustainability as a species, you should study a Bachelor's in Sustainable Development.
Most Sustainable Development courses are offered as M.Sc. (Master of Science) or M.A. (Master of Arts) degrees. It will take 1 or 2 years to finish your studies. While studying Sustainable Development, you can choose from various specialisations, such as Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Management, Planning and Property Development, Sustainable Urban Development, and others.
The courses you'll take during a graduate degree in Sustainable Development vary from one university and programme to another. However, you can expect to take classes in Globalisation and the Environment, Innovation for Sustainability, Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Investments, Environmental Science, Sustainable Technology and Materials, Integration of Renewable Systems with the Energy System, etc.
Sustainable Development classes help students develop essential interdisciplinary skills. They range from environmental awareness, intercultural communication, and problem-solving to negotiation, project drafting and management, innovative thinking, and analytical mindset. These skills allow future sustainable development professionals to be part of or manage teams, organisations, and projects that have a positive impact on the natural environment. They achieve this by implementing, supporting, or advocating new sustainable systems, processes, and policies.
Sustainable Development graduates can find work opportunities at any public or private organisation which focuses on solving pollution-related issues or promotes ecological principles, tools, machinery, and systems. Some of the most popular jobs are sustainability specialist, sustainability consultant, climate change analyst, energy consultant, risk management specialist, etc.
These are the most recent and exciting trends in Sustainable Development: the use of circular solutions (keeping resources in use for as long as possible), a higher emphasis on replacing plastic with sustainable solutions, the sustainable consumption and the support of brands that demonstrate environmental awareness, the use of new technologies to help people get out of poverty and enjoy better access to health and education, etc.Read more about studying a Sustainable Development degree
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South Africa offers very affordable Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The ‘Rainbow Nation’ excels in disciplines like Development Studies, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Tuition fees are among the lowest in the world, and many study programmes are taught in English. International students also enjoy low costs of living and have the opportunity to explore South Africa’s beautiful cities and landscape, which includes Table Mountain, the Garden Route, and gorgeous beaches.Read more about studying abroad in South Africa
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