Taught course

Sustainable Development

SOAS University of London · Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

Entry requirements

A good first degree in an appropriate subject area, as accepted by the University of London, and a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

The global community faces problems of poverty and profound environmental change that are interconnected in complex and dynamic ways. As the Sustainable Development Goals acknowledge, in an increasingly integrated world, any development agenda must be a global one with shared responsibilities for all countries. However, the idea of sustainable development, that underpins the post-2015 development agenda, is also a controversial concept that requires critical examination.

This programme provides a theoretical basis for understanding the evolution, meanings and use of the concept of sustainable development and will help you to gain practical research experience. You will also acquire the skills needed to understand current environmental, development and sustainability issues and debates.

The aims of the programme are:

  • to provide students with the skills necessary to analyse and interpret current issues and debates related to sustainable development
  • to enhance knowledge and understanding for decision- and policy-making on sustainable development issues
  • to enhance students' critical, analytical, and integrative skills for responding to sustainable development challenges
  • to provide research training and experience in relation to sustainable development

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

UK students
MSc £9,500, PGDip £7,600, PGCert £3,800
International students
MSc £9,500, PGDip £7,600, PGCert £3,800

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification and course duration


24 - 60 months


24 - 60 months


12 - 24 months

Course contact details

Dr Ben Daley