Master's Degrees in Sustainable Development in United Kingdom

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Studying Sustainable Development

Sustainability refers to the ability of a system to operate continuously, without using up resources, in a viable, need-fulfilling manner. It involves the development of a sustainable human society, from all perspectives: environment, economy, industry, business, agriculture, etc. Sustainable development degrees aim at educating professionals involved in management, policy-making and governance to conduct their work in a manner that takes into consideration multiple factors for the future.

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166 Sustainable Development Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.Sc. International Development

This interdisciplinary Master's degree in International Development offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics aims to provide a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Journalism with Development Studies

MA Journalism with Development Studies at London South Bank University is an interdisciplinary course offered jointly by LSBU's School of Arts and Creative Industries and School of Law and Social Sciences. It brings together our established expertise in Development Studies with our industry-informed provision in journalism education.

M.Sc. Development Administration and Planning

This MSc equips students with the analytical, methodological and practical expertise needed to positively contribute to development in countries with which they are actively involved. Students acquire the tools necessary to respond to a diverse range of problems including productive capacity, intersectoral integration, economic and social diversification, and self-sufficiency.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit
M.Sc. Development Studies

The MSc Development Studies course at London South Bank University is interdisciplinary and innovative. It provides a thorough grounding in the development field, and its emphasis on research enables students to specialise in their particular areas of interest.

M.Sc. Sustainability

Training in theory and critical analysis along with practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures. The Sustainability programme is offered by the University of Dundee.  

Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management
M.Sc. Waste and Resource Management

The Waste and Resource Management programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. Our MSc Waste and Resource Management will prepare you for a career in the growing environmental and resource management sector, where there is increasing global demand for skilled graduates.

School of Science and Sport
M.Sc. Developmental Linguistics

This Developmental Linguistics programme from The University of Edinburgh will develop your understanding of how knowledge of language changes as people acquire or lose language at various points in their lifespan.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.Sc. Learning for Sustainability

This MSc in Learning for Sustainability at The University of Edinburgh is an opportunity to study international educational responses to global issues and benefit from Scotland’s position as one of the leading countries in the world in this field.

Moray House School of Education
M.Sc. Soils and Sustainability

This programme in Soils and Sustainability at The University of Edinburgh aims to introduce students to the concepts of soil for the 21st century and is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection.

School of GeoSciences
Postgraduate Certificate Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

The Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development at The Open University UK is an online course that focuses on the history and the practices of intervention for a wide range of conflicts, from wars to community disturbances. Students will study the contexts of conflict and modern practices to address them, while developing the soft skills needed for effective interventions.

M.Sc. Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

By studying Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century at the University of Warwick you will gain a combination of practical skills and academic understanding to develop a critical and creative mindset. You will learn the principles of crop production and the latest advances in plant pathology, integrated pest management and soil health.

School of Life Sciences
M.Sc. Strategic Sustainable Business

This MSc in Strategic Sustainable Business at the University of Stirling provides you with the skills and knowledge for a successful career in sustainable business and corporate social responsibility.

Stirling Management School
M.Sc. Aquaculture - Sustainable Aquaculture

The Institute of Aquaculture is one of a handful of institutions worldwide wholly devoted to aquaculture science and the only university department of its kind in the UK. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching, and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. This Aquaculture - Sustainable Aquaculture course is offered by the University of Stirling.

Institute of Aquaculture
M.Res. Environmental Sustainability

This new course offers the opportunity for a select group of students to undertake postgraduate study and research focused on specific and practical areas of environmental sustainability. This Environmental Sustainability programme is offered by the University of East London.

University of East London - Graduate School
M.Sc. Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design

The results of unsustainable human development in the 21st century are evident as climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty and inequality become inescapable global realities. The next big challenge for society is to transform our economy to incorporate the principles of sustainability. This presents an exciting opportunity to rethink, redesign and rebuild a positive future for business practice.

Department of Life Sciences
MA, PGDip Regional Development and Spatial Planning

This course integrates regional development and spatial planning concerns in an international context. It brings together two disciplines and addresses the challenges of building capacity for analysis, strategy and policy making.

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
M.Res. Urban Energy Technology and Policy

Our programme focuses on UK policy environment whilst being well-situated within international energy challenges. Our aim is to provide a wide, cross-scale and integral understanding of energy in cities and sub-cities scales.

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
M.Sc. Sustainable Development (Online)

The global community faces problems of poverty and profound environmental change that are interconnected in complex and dynamic ways. The Sustainable Development programme is offered at SOAS University of London.

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
M.Sc. Environmental Management

The philosophy of the Environmental Management MSc programmes centres on the need for new environmental professionals: people with a strong cross-disciplinary understanding of the societal, economic, and environmental challenges posed by the emerging sustainable environmental management agenda. This programme is offered by Kingston University.

M.Sc. Sustainability and Management

The Sustainability and Management programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. This innovative and highly-respected course will provide you with an important commodity for today’s employer; an interdisciplinary education.

Department of Geography
M.A. Peace and Development

Address the global challenges of poverty and violence by linking theory and practice and make a positive difference to the lives of people around the world. This is your opportunity to develop your awareness of the relationships between peace, conflict resolution and development both nationally and internationally.

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
M.A. Sustainable Development (Hons)

Sustainable Development is widely regarded as the most promising framework for addressing environmental and developmental challenges in the 21st century, including: the provision of clean water and adequate sanitation, energy generation and supply, human health, food production and distribution, and the continuing threat to biodiversity.

School of Chemistry
M.Sc. Environmental and Business Management

This one-year Environmental and Business Management course from Bangor University is intended for students with a keen interest in integrating environmental management with business practices.

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
M.Sc. Sustainability Engineering - Diploma, Certificate

Sustainability Engineering concerns responsible use of the world's finite natural resources in a manner which will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This requires Engineers to make optimum use of energy and materials, to mitigate any associated environmental impacts, and to fully embrace concepts such as life cycle analysis, disassembly and recycling within the design process.

M.Sc. Sustainable Resources

This Sustainable Resources programme at University College London (UCL) offers you a unique opportunity to understand and to learn how to analyse and manage the sustainable exploitation of mineral and natural resources, throughout the economy.

Institute of Sustainable Resources
M.A. Sustainable Development (Hons)

Sustainable Development is widely regarded as the most promising framework for addressing environmental and developmental challenges in the 21st century, including: the provision of clean water and adequate sanitation, energy generation and supply, human health, food production and distribution, and the continuing threat to biodiversity.

School of Biology
Pre-Master Environmental Science and Sustainability

LBIC provides alternative pathways to Brunel University London for students who may not qualify for direct entry to a degree programme and seek a supportive learning environment. LBIC bridges the gap to make sure you reach your goal of being a Brunel graduate. The Environmental Science and Sustainability course is offered at Brunel University London.

Brunel University London LBIC
M.Sc. Concrete Structures and Sustainable Development

The Concrete Structures courses provide training in the design, analysis and assessment of concrete structures including bridges and buildings. They are designed to cover a broad spectrum of structural engineering issues and their impact on reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. All our MSc courses are career-orientated and cover both theoretical background and practical design considerations. Lectures are given mainly by full-time staff but important contributions are made by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are eminent industrialists. Many of our students continue their studies to undertake research towards a PhD.

M.A. Development and International Economics

This MA focuses on the problems of economic development in the changing context of the international economic relationship. It will also provide a thorough grounding in macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis, in applied econometrics, in a range of approaches for dealing with economic policy issues, and in the long-term historical and conceptual context of contemporary debates in economics.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Sustainable Design

As a cultivated form of invention, design shapes, modifies and alters the world around us for better or worse, and the need for modern design to be more sustainable and ethically responsible has never been more important.

Faculty of Arts and Architecture
M.Sc. Economics for Public Policy

All students on our Economics for Public Policy programme graduate with a strong understanding of macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics; this programme combines those elements with detailed, specialist knowledge on public policy.

M.Sc. Leadership for Sustainable Development

This innovative Masters programme in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen's University Belfast is open to applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds and promotes leadership and embraces action-based, experiential learning, facilitated through a series of lectures, work placements and group projects.  

School of Biological Sciences
M.Sc. Development Finance

We equip you with the necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation, by focusing on financial development, policy and financial management, with specific reference to developing countries.

School of Environment and Development
M.Sc. NGO and Development Management

This established course, which has been running for ten years, examines the central issues facing developing countries in todays globalised world, giving you the skills for a job in development and the wider sectors.

University of East London -School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies
M.Sc. Global Sustainable Cities

This innovative programme focuses on tackling major urban opportunities and issues. The Global Sustainable Cities course from University of Strathclyde provides you with the skills and understanding to become a leader in the design and delivery of sustainable city strategies.

M.Sc. Environmental Management for Business

This MSc in Environmental Management for Business from Cranfield University will equip you to critically evaluate environmental issues and contribute to the economic and policy decision-making process in organisations of any size. It will give you the skills and experience required to monitor and critically evaluate business practice through the environmental auditing and other assessment methods.

Environmental Technology
M.Sc. Reproduction and Development

The Reproduction and Development programme from University of Bristol makes extensive use of the internet to provide a comprehensive theoretical foundation in the areas of human reproduction and development.

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
M.Sc. Sustainability and Management

Are you interested in how businesses engage with communities? Are you curious about how corporate governance mechanisms lead to responsible business? Have you wondered how organisations think about the natural environment and the impact this has? Or are you just passionate about all things sustainability? If so, then the MSc in Sustainability and Management at the University of Bath is for you!

Department of Management
M.Sc. Sustainable Plant Health

With the global human population set to rise to over nine billion by 2050, and our trees facing new plant threats, we urgently need sustainable solutions that will allow us to increase the global food supply while preserving the integrity of agricultural and non-agricultural ecosystems.

M.A. Town and Regional Planning

Become a spatial planning expert with the ability to advise clients on the effective use of land and an understanding of local authority controls relating to many aspects of policy, including transportation, communities, the environment and the quality of the built environment.

Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
M.Sc. Hydrology and Sustainable Development

Hydrology is concerned with assessment of the natural distribution of water in time and space, and with evaluating the impact of manmade changes on the distribution and quality of this water. The Hydrology and Sustainable Development course is offered at Imperial College London.

M.Sc. Sustainable Aquaculture Systems

Aquaculture is now recognised as the fastest growth sector of agribusiness on a global scale – learn about this growing industry through our multidisciplinary approach, which places emphasis on sustainable use of aquatic and marine resources for commercial exploitation for food and products.

M.Sc. Developmental Psychology

Lancaster is one of the largest centres for developmental psychology research in the world. This programme provides students with knowledge of advanced methods, analytical techniques, theories and major findings across a range of areas.

Department of Psychology
M.Sc. Soil Mechanics and Sustainable Development

The Soil Mechanics and Sustainable Development programme at Imperial College London explores the properties of soils and soft rocks in relation to civil engineering, the theory of geomechanics and practical geotechnical engineering.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
M.Sc. Energy Policy

Take on a defining challenge for humanity in the 21st century – creating a global low-carbon economy while providing modern energy services to the world’s population.

M.A. Politics and Development

Unlike MA courses which focus narrowly on specific areas relating to the politics of development, this course offers an integrated and interdisciplinary education with a focus on politics and international development. 

M.Sc. Agriculture for Sustainable Development

This programme is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in agriculture and sustainable development in the private sector, research, NGO or government communities. It provides a firm grounding in research methods applicable to the study of sustainable agriculture and the intellectual tools for understanding sustainable agriculture systems. The courses combine theoretical approaches and empirically based learning from case studies of real projects and agricultural scenarios.

Natural Resources Institute
M.Sc. Sustainable Transport Engineering

The Sustainable Transport Engineering MSc is a mainstream mechanical engineering course with a focus on vehicles and drive systems, and energy sources and management. For anyone wishing to specialise in railways, the course also has a rail option.

School of Engineering
M.A., M.Sc. Disasters, Adaptation & Development

The Disasters, Adaptation and Development MA, MSc at King's College London course takes a social development perspective, exploring topics such as human vulnerability, response to natural and technological hazards and to hazards associated with climate change.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.Sc. NGOs and Development

The programme examines the special roles of NGOs and the challenges they encounter, their relationships with other stakeholders (states, inter-governmental organisations, beneficiaries), the internal organisational challenges as well as the changing policy contexts in which NGOs operate.

Department of Social Policy
M.Sc. Sustainable Urban Development

The two-year MSc in Sustainable Urban Development will provide a rigorous and critical introduction to the policy and practice of sustainable urban development. The course exposes students to sustainable urbanism as both an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary subject at global and local scales.