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Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Sustainable Development

Programme Convenor: Dr Ben Daley

There is growing recognition that the global community faces problems of poverty and profound environmental change that are interconnected in complex and dynamic ways. As the United Nations has acknowledged, in an increasingly integrated world, the post-2015 development agenda must be a global one with shared responsibilities for all countries. The global partnership that underpins the post-2015 development agenda is based on the idea of sustainable development, yet this is a highly 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.

Programme aims

The purpose of the programme is to enable students to acquire the skills needed to analyse and understand current globalisation 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

Programme structure

QualificationNumber of modulesDuration
 CoreElectiveResearchTotal 
MSc in Sustainable Development34*29Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Sustainable Development3 or 44 or 5*† 8Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Sustainable Development31** 4Minimum of 1 year and maximum registration of 5 years

*At least 3 from one specialism, plus free choice from all specialisms

** One free choice from all programme specialisms

† Can also include the Research Methods module