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MSc Sustainable Development (online)

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2 years

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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Taught 100 per cent online, study the University of Sussex’s world-renowned MSc Sustainable Development online at a time and place that suits you.

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, engage scholars, and commit political activists, equipped to work across silos and sectors, with suitable interdisciplinary skills.

It is such entrepreneurs, scholars, and activists that this distinct master’s aims to empower. Delivered by 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 master’s 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.

Assessment criteria

Assessments will take place throughout each module and must be completed within the module teaching period for students to progress through the course/to the next module.


Sustainable Development: Politics and Policies - Core
Science, Technology and Innovation - Core
Policy Analysis - Core
Understanding the Policy-Making Process - Core
Key Perspectives in International Development - Core
Democratising Science and Technology - Core
Globalisation and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power - Core
Perspectives, Methods and Skills - Core
Innovation for Sustainability - Core
Market-based Solutions for Sustainable Development: Pitfalls and Possibilities - Core
Decolonising knowledge for Sustainable Development - Core

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Entry requirements

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