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Forum for the Future’s Masters course in Leadership for Sustainable Development provides recent graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to launch a career in the sustainability sector. The 10-month, full-time course is based at the global sustainability non-profit’s London headquarters, where scholars benefit directly from our unique expertise, contacts and access to Partner companies, and includes four six-week work placements. Highly regarded by employers, it has a 90% employment rate in sustainability roles within three months of graduating.

Over the last three years, graduates have gone on to fulfil sustainability roles within many well-known organisations, including WWF, Thames Water, Sustrans, Sainsbury’s, M&S, KPMG, Good Energy, Greenpeace, the GLA, Forestry Commission, Future Cities Catapult, DfID, and local and central government.

Who is it for?

Recent graduates from any discipline who are passionate about sustainable development and working towards a career in the sector.

Course aims

To develop sustainability champions who have both the competence and confidence to become leaders for sustainable development through equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed.

Students will:

•Apply an understanding of the concepts of sustainable development, systems thinking, leadership and innovation in a range of contexts
•Understand through first-hand experience, the sustainability opportunities and challenges faced by organisations
•Develop transferable skills and competencies relevant to one aspiring to provide leadership in sustainable development


Designed for a small group of 12 students, the course programme is at the cutting-edge of theory and practice. Four, six-week long work placements with our partner businesses, government departments and NGOs are a unique feature allowing the building of an impressive CV and numerous contacts. These placements are interspersed with seminar weeks based at Forum’s London offices.

Tuition is from leading thinkers and practitioners such as Jonathon Porritt, Sara Parkin, Professor Tim Jackson and Leadership Trust experts. There is a strong emphasis on skills development and group work, including a group project in lieu of a dissertation. Coursework only, no examinations.


This programme is a joint initiative between Forum for the Future and Middlesex University, supported by the Leadership Trust. The qualification is a Master of Arts from Middlesex University. It is not graded and is based on one 180 credit module.

Visit the Leadership for Sustainable Development MA page on the Middlesex University website for more details!




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