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Sustainable Development MSc

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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1 year

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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Help build a future that is sustainable and inclusive. This course is designed to be accessible to people from different academic and professional backgrounds. You will enjoy broad-based, interdisciplinary social science training necessary for careers focused on sustainability transformations. The course is critical and constructive, drawing on ideas and concepts from:

  • economics
  • development studies
  • political science
  • innovation studies
  • science, technology, and society studies.

You’ll learn to translate socio-ecological theories and technological innovation into effective policies and practices for sustainable development. These skills are in demand in:

  • international development agencies
  • NGOs
  • government ministries and firms in the Global South and North.

You will benefit from the expertise in SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, the largest academic body in the world studying science, technology, and innovation.


Our graduates are well prepared for PhD-level study and careers in:

  • business and consultancy organisations
  • government ministries
  • NGOs
  • international organisations such as the UN
  • think-tanks
  • social enterprises and other not-for-profits.


To provide an understanding of different social scientific perspectives on sustainable development (SD), including those forwarded by orthodox economists and large development agencies following the publication of 'Limits to Growth' and the Brundtland Report. Competing conceptualizations of SD proposed by non-economists, grassroots organizations and environmental movements will also be introduced. And the extent to which these different conceptualizations encompass environmental and socio-economic dimensions of SD will be discussed.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities, or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.