Sustainable Development MSc (online)


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Program Description

Ranked first in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019), the University of Sussex is recognised as one of the world's leading universities for research into sustainability and innovation.

Bringing together expertise from three of the universities most proficient research units, the Science Policy Research Unit, School of Global Studies and Institute of Development Studies, this distinctive course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sustainability.

With six start dates a year (January, March, May, July, September and November), you can start this course when you like and study in your own time, from your own home.

This course is part-time and can be completed in a minimum of two years and a maximum of four. Students have the opportunity to pause their studies if their work or life commitments require.

Why study Sustainable Development MSc (online) at Sussex?

  • Taught by academics leading global research and change for sustainable futures.
  • Science Policy Research Unit ranked within the top three research units in the world for research in science, technology and innovation (2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report).
  • Distinctive interdisciplinary approach to teaching, incorporating conceptual perspectives and methodological approaches from a wide range of social science disciplines.
  • Relevant teaching, critically analysing real-world case studies from international governments, businesses and NGOs.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to deliver change and develop future systems and structures for sustainability.
  • Join a truly global learning environment and engage with students and academics from over 100 countries worldwide.

Career prospects

Developing systems for sustainability is one of the highest priorities for governments, businesses and third sector organisations worldwide.

Highlighted by the publication of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, a skilled and passionate workforce is required to provide expertise and deliver changes to policies and practices globally.

Graduates from Sussex’s on-campus Masters have gone into a wide range of roles including; government advisors and consultants, advising and working with domestic and global NGOs, with the United Nations, in international aid and journalism.


Course fees

Fees are charged on a modular basis with each module costing £955*.

The full course fee is £11,450*.

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase each academic year in line with the University of Sussex’s terms and conditions. Increases will come into effect in September of each year.

*subject to rounding for administration purposes


A limited number of scholarships worth £2,000 are available to students applying to this course.


To accept your place on the Sustainable Development MSc (online) you will be required to pay the first module fee of £955.

This is a non-refundable deposit to secure your place on the course.

The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

Why study online?

  • Study at the world’s leading university for Development Studies*.
  • Be taught by internationally-renowned researchers and academics in sustainable development wherever you are in the world.
  • Be part of a global classroom, learning alongside students from over 100 countries.
  • Study at a time, pace and place that suits you.
  • Study your Masters from 2-4 years, with the opportunity to step on and off the course as your career or life requires.
  • Learn within a bespoke Virtual Learning Environment, accessible 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019


Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Founded in 1961, the University of Sussex has a long-standing reputation for providing a world-class education to all. Our online courses give you the opportunity to gain a Masters from Sussex and exp ... Read More

Founded in 1961, the University of Sussex has a long-standing reputation for providing a world-class education to all. Our online courses give you the opportunity to gain a Masters from Sussex and experience the same academic rigour and teaching recognised world-wide for its excellence from anywhere in the world. Read less