Taught course

Practising Sustainable Development

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

Applicants with UK, EU or overseas qualifications who have or are on track to obtain at least a 2.1 (or equivalent) in one of the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Development Studies
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Politics

Computer Science Candidates with considerable professional experience in any agency involved in development and environment issues will also be considered.

English language requirements:

IELTS 6. 5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no subscore below 5.5

Months of entry


Course content

Interest in development, environment and issues of sustainable development has never been so intense. UN climate change summits, Sustainable Development Goals and the World Social Forum have brought environmental and development issues and problems long on local and national agendas, onto the international scene.

Study Practising Sustainable Development at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll address the complex, dynamic network of natural, social, political and economic processes, graduating with a range of transferable research skills to take into your chosen career.

This popular programme continues to evolve and expand in both scope and appeal, attracting student from more than 30 countries and a diverse range of backgrounds. You’ll learn from expert academics with experience in different developing regions and economies in transition, including Latin America, the Caribbean, South, East and South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

You’ll join a department that is consistently highly ranked for the international quality of its research, and contribute to this leading research culture with your own dissertation project.

The Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) research group consists of over 20 research-active staff, 35 PhD students and 50 Master’s students on four MSc programmes. We are committed to conducting collaborative research which seeks to understand and contribute to addressing problems of social inequality, environmental destruction and injustice. The breadth of its members’ research places it in an ideal position to contribute to theoretical and policy debates on key challenges facing Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean today.

Study Practising Sustainable Development at Royal Holloway and you’ll learn to tackle issues that are high on the national and international agenda, graduating with excellent employability prospects in the UK and abroad. This programme is also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those who do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Masters degree.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Liz Hamilton \ Karen Oliver
+44 (0)1784 443563