Taught course

Sustainable Development (formerly titled Innovation for Sustainable International Development)

University of Sussex · School of Business, Management and Economics

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in either social or natural sciences, or humanities. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The World Bank and other influential international agencies increasingly talk about sustainable development in terms of ‘inclusive green growth’. Yet different aspects of economic growth, greening and inclusiveness may be at odds with each other. Strategies to reconcile these three aspects of sustainable development are rapidly becoming a 21st-century imperative.

This MSc trains aspiring professionals, policy-makers, leaders and campaigners to deal effectively with these policy challenges. Students will explore the policies and strategies that combine the ‘right’ science, technology and innovation to deliver sustainable development. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed by international development agencies, NGOs, national ministries and firms in developing countries as they strive to achieve green and inclusive growth.

The course is unique in combining ideas from economics, innovation studies and development studies while requiring no prior training in these fields. You will be taught by leading researchers who have played key roles advising organisations around the world on development policy and practices.


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

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Science Technology and Innovation for Economic Development • Sustainable Development: Perspectives, Policies and Practices.

Spring term: you take Governing and Using Technology for Development. You also choose one option from Innovation for Sustainability • Energy and Development • Energy Policy and Sustainability • The Political Economy of Science Policy • Governing Energy Transitions • Information and Communication Technology: Policy and Strategy • Managing Knowledge • Infrastructure and Innovation. Not all options may be offered every year and additional modules may be available.

Summer term: you carry out supervised work on a 20,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 872717