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

The aim of the programme is to examine how environmental, social, political and economic factors interrelate at a range of scales to produce particular understandings of sustainable development' and associated policies and practices. These interactions will be analysed through theoretical debates and policy processes at local, national and international levels and through the multiple perspectives of policy makers, politicians, practitioners, indigenous, rural and urban resource users. In addition, the programme will provide training in skills needed to research and assess sustainable development, such as research design, project development, land use assessment, environmental monitoring, GIS, remote sensing and participatory methods.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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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