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Course content

The United Nations’ post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals propose to end poverty and hunger while achieving sustainable production and consumption. The World Bank and other influential international agencies increasingly talk about sustainable development in terms of ‘Inclusive Green Growth’.

Yet the different aspects of economic growth, greening and inclusiveness may be at odds with each other. Strategies to address these challenges are urgently needed by international agencies, NGOs, national ministries and firms in developing countries.

Our MSc will help you translate theories of social and technological innovation into effective development policies and practices to achieve sustainable development.

How will I study?

You’ll study through a combination of core modules and options on topics from energy and development to infrastructure and innovation to network analysis and infographics.

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


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

This course is taught by the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) who have a number of £10,000 scholarships available for 2018 entry

SPRU Scholarships 2018

- £10,000 towards fees with any remaining funds to be used to support maintenance.

- Application deadline: 1 July 2018

- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/study/scholarships

For more information on Masters Scholarships visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/masters-scholarships


Our graduates have gone into careers in business and consultancy organisations, government ministries, NGOs, international organisations such as the UN, think-tanks, social enterprises and other not-for-profits.

Others have gone on to study for PhDs or careers in academia.

Recent graduates have gained employment in:

-International organisations (OECD, EBRD, ECLAC, UNHCR Innovation)

-Government departments (DFID)

-Local authorities (Brighton & Hove Council sustainability team)

-NGOs (Greenpeace, Green Jobs Alliance)

Visit the Sustainable Development - MSc page on the University of Sussex website for more details!






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