Learn to develop critical and systemic thinking from the experts developing policy around the globe.

Choose our Sustainable Development MSc and drive radical change towards a future built to last.

This Masters equips you to rise to the challenges of tomorrow, today. You’ll gain a practical and interdisciplinary skill set, and be taught by three of our most reputable hubs of expertise: The Science Policy Research Unit, School of Global Studies and Institute of Development Studies.

A version of this course is also available to be studied on campus, visit the course page to explore this option.

  • Sustainable Development: Politics and Policies
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Understanding the Policy-Making Process
  • Key Perspectives in International Development
  • Democratising Science and Technology
  • Globalisation and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power
  • Perspectives, Methods and Skills
  • Innovation for Sustainability
  • Critical Issues in Sustainability: Environment, Agriculture, Health
  • Market-based Solutions for Sustainable Development: Pitfalls and Possibilities
  • Decolonising knowledge for Sustainable Development

Each module lasts for 7 weeks with the final module assessment deadline usually on the Monday of Week 8. Students should allow for 20 hours per week study time.

Assessments will take place throughout each module and must be completed within the module teaching period for students to progress through the course/to the next module.

Dr. Divya Sharma

Course Director: Sustainable Development MSc (online)

Lecturer In Sustainable Development (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit)

Professor Steve Sorrell

Professor Of Energy Policy (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit)

Lucila Newell 

Lecturer (International Relations), Associate Tutor (International Relations), School Tutor (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit)
School of Global Studies

Dr. Saurabh Arora

Course Director: Sustainable Development MSc (online)

Senior Lecturer In Technology And Innovation For Development (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit)

Professor Peter Newell 

Professor Of International Relations

Dr. Katerina Psarikidou

Lecturer In Sustainable Development (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit)

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to obtain and provide evidence of English proficiency at IELTS Level 6.5.

Course fee: £11,450
Cost per module: £955

Course fees will remain fixed for 24 months from your initial course start date. Thereafter, the course fee will rise at a rate of 2.5% per calendar year (subject to rounding for administration purposes).

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information on funding for master’s students.

*Modules 1-11 = £955, module 12 = £945.

20% Alumni discount

If you have previously graduated from an undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD course with the University of Sussex you will be eligible* for a 20% discount on this online course.

Get more information about the alumni discount and eligibility criteria by visiting the Online Masters discount page.

*T&Cs apply.

  • Delivered 100% online – Study wherever you are, whenever you can
  • Six start dates a year, start your MSc at a time that suits you
  • Put your purpose into practice using real case studies
  • Connect with world-renowned faculty and an international network of peers
  • Prepare for a career in governments, NGOs and corporations.