Postgrad and MPhil in Sustainable Development

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Reimagining just and generative futures

As the various global social and environmental crises deepen, a new generation is rising up into leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors that are required to possess a broad trans-disciplinary understanding of the various dimensions of these crises and related solutions.

This integrated Master’s Programme aims to equip people with the knowledge, experience and skills they will need if they are to grow and develop to be ready for a different future.

Delivered by Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Sustainability Transitions in partnership with the Sustainability Institute, the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development is a multi-disciplinary global programme in the planning, management and practice of sustainable development. Signing up for a PGDip or MPhil in Sustainable Development means more than an accreditation. You will meet and build a life-long network with a diverse group of like-minded, South African and international graduate students and working professionals, who are seeking to gain practical insights and deepen their understanding of what sustainability and just futures means.

It comprises of two connected formal degrees, where students can choose to exit the programme after one year, and graduate with a PGDip qualification:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (Sustainable Development) – 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (compulsory)
  • MPhil (Sustainable Development) – 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

This degree programme is aimed at early and mid-career specialists and generalist professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Each year a cohort of 60 students – selected from hundreds of applicants – embark of on a one or two-year journey in sustainability.

The team

A video providing an overview of the programme