The course will consider the international policy context relating to sustainable development and will evaluate the extent to which policy targets and goals have been achieved, to identify any lessons that might be learned. This will include consideration of how sustainability can be measured, for example through the appropriate use of indicators.

The practical application of the principles of sustainable development will then be explored through a series of real world case studies, relating to a variety of different locations and focusing on different economic sectors. This will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the constraints and opportunities influencing progress towards sustainable development in different environmental and socio-economic contexts.

The course aims to enable you to understand how the scientific principles relating to sustainable development can be applied in practice. In addition, the course will provide insight into the relationships between scientific principles, policy and practice, including consideration of key issues such as the functioning of social-ecological systems, uncertainty and forecasting.

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Key information

Next start date:

23 September 2024


Distance learning/online


10 weeks

Entry requirements:

This course is open to anyone with a relevant undergraduate degree. Alternatively, non-graduates and professionals with significant and relevant work experience, who can also demonstrate an ability to both complete and benefit from the course will be considered.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.