Taught course

Sustainable Development

University of Sussex · School of Business, Management and Economics

Entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in either social or natural sciences, or humanities. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The United Nations’ post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals propose to end poverty and hunger while achieving sustainable production and consumption. The World Bank and other influential international agencies increasingly talk about sustainable development in terms of ‘Inclusive Green Growth’.

Yet the different aspects of economic growth, greening and inclusiveness may be at odds with each other. Strategies to address these challenges are urgently needed by international agencies, NGOs, national ministries and firms in developing countries.

Our MSc will help you translate theories of social and technological innovation into effective development policies and practices to achieve sustainable development.

Key facts

  • You are taught and supervised by staff at SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, which is recognised internationally as being at the forefront of research in the field of science and technology policy and economics of innovation.
  • Get a unique perspective on how policy issues impact on sustainable development, and gain the skills to address them.
  • Join generations of graduates who are now policy-makers occupying senior roles in governments, consultancies and NGOs worldwide.

How will I study?

You’ll study through a combination of core modules and options on topics from energy and development to infrastructure and innovation to network analysis and infographics.

Modules are assessed by a combination of analysis assignments, project presentations and extended essays.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Science Policy Research Unit
+44 (0)1273 872717