MSc Sustainable Development

University of Exeter

Program Description

MSc Sustainable Development

University of Exeter

Sustainable development, defined as "development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"1, is now one of the key policy drivers in many societies. Sustainability pervades decision making at the global, national, regional and local levels and is becoming embedded politically in all layers of government. Both public agencies and private organisations need to appreciate the sustainability agenda and what it means for them and their employees.

Our MSc Sustainable Development is designed to respond to this emerging agenda, approaching the subject from a holistic and multi-disciplinary perspective. This approach is critical: sustainable development covers inter-related economic, environmental and social issues. Understanding the connections between issues is key to tackling complex sustainability challenges and developing the joined-up thinking required in today’s policy environment.

Relevant, research-informed foundations and practical applications

This Masters provides a practical and problem-based approach to learning focused on both the study of sustainable development and its implementation in a range of professional contexts. Taught by experts in the field, staff who are active researchers in sustainability, you will gain insight into the latest research findings plus training in research methods for sustainability. You will develop a thorough grounding in the principles that underlie sustainability and the means by which to implement these in a range of settings across the globe.

We cover the outcomes of recent policy making, eg, the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development; specific policy areas such as biodiversity, climate change and forests; and social enterprise and sustainability. In addition, a range of option modules allow you to cover wider debates in fields of climate change, energy policy and human geography.

Entry requirements

All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. You will also need to satisfy our English language entry requirements. Please see our English language requirements pages for details.

Fees for academic year 2015/16


UK/EU: £9,300; International: £18,600


UK/EU: £4,650

Careers and employment

Our Geography Masters programmes are developed in consultation with employers to ensure their relevance to industry, and in turn, to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge required to help secure a graduate level position on completion.

By matching requirements with employer needs, University of Exeter Geography postgraduates are sought after by employers.

You will also be ideally placed if you wish to progress to doctoral research, for example, PhD study, in social or life sciences.

In addition to the College's Employability Officer, Career Zone gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

Students on the MSc Sustainable Development benefit from placements and independent work-based learning which can lead to careers in business and sustainability, planning for sustainability and community regeneration and development.

Tuition fees per year 2016/17

UK/EU: £9,300 full-time; £4,650 part-time

International: £18,600 full-time

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 26, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
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9,300 GBP
United Kingdom - Falmouth, England
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International: £18,600