SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Sustainable Development

Programme Convenor: Dr Ben Daley

New module available

Biodiversity, Conservation and Development (P131) explores the interdependent relationship between these areas, tracing how historical and theoretical roots have influenced current practice.

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 it 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.

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
MSc in Sustainable Development 3 4* 2 9 Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Sustainable Development 3 or 4 4 or 5*†   8 Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Sustainable Development 3 1**   4 Minimum 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