Taught course

Education for Sustainability

London South Bank University · Education

Entry requirements

For successful application you need an Honours degree minimum of 2:2 award from a UK, EU or International University (Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division) or equivalent professional qualification/experience. Although our programme is primarily designed for educators and communicators striving for a sustainable world, we welcome anyone from any other background provided they are committed to becoming an agent for change for sustainability in their professional, social or cultural context.

Months of entry


Course content

Education for Sustainability (EfS) offers post-graduate courses from Continued Professional Development to Masters level. They provide personal and professional development for anyone involved in communicating sustainability, whatever the context.

This course is designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability. Although most of our students, present and past, are educators, teachers and NGO educational, training or campaigning staff we also draw students from many other backgrounds, such as, health, media, business, government, botanic and zoological work.

Developed in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Oxfam and the EU, It draws on the expertise of environmental and development NGOs as well as the academic and educational communities. It deals with the theory and practice of Education for Sustainability and enables you to explore and expand the role that EfS can play in educational, social, political and economic change.

As an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of EfS, we welcome and thrive on diversity and inclusion while offering a range of qualifications with flexible study modes, including distance learning. Since our launch in 1994, we have continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, both within and outside the UK.

The EfS courses at LSBU offer many unique qualities that will enhance your international experience. The existence of the programme at LSBU has been instrumental in the development of LSBU as a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.

Our roots lie in the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil. There, a commitment was made to integrate environmental and development concerns in the emerging concept of sustainability while emphasising the importance of education's role in building a sustainable world. In response to this a group of development and environmental organisations with the financial contributions from WWF-UK, Oxfam and the EU got together with LSBU and the eventual result was our EfS programme, the first ever masters programme of this kind.

We have 10 scholarships available for 2015 for African and Caribbean Commonwealth Citizens.

Information for international students

You must have an English language qualification before starting a programme of study at London South Bank University. Acceptable qualifications include IELTS Level 6.5 or TOEFL 580.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
16 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Office
+44 (0)20 7815 7815