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Leadership for Sustainable Development MA

Course Description

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.

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!

Entry Requirements

'Upper second class degree in any discipline from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas institution. Further details at View Website'.

Course Fees

The fees for UK/EU residents for the 2015-16 academic year will be in the region of £10,000

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