Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Leadership for Sustainable Development

The programme has been designed in consultation with employers and academics to provide students with: In-depth understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in the context of sustainable development and an ability to identify and critically evaluate the role of leadership for sustainable development within a range of organisational contexts; a high level of knowledge of the principles and core themes associated with sustainable development and an ability to critically evaluate best practice within a range of sectors; an ability to apply knowledge and skills gained from the programme in order to positively contribute to the sustainable development agenda through research projects; a high level of competence in employability skills that will facilitate a professional approach to the work environment.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or above in an appropriate subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: Leadership for sustainable development; foundations of sustainable development; during Semesters 2 and 3, students complete a series of 3 6-week placements in partnership with a range of organisations where managing sustainability is key; during the placement, each student conducts an individual research project; placement modules are as listed: sustainable development in non-governmental organisations (placement 1); sustainable development in governance (placement 2); sustainable development in business (placement 3); the final module, also completed during the 2nd and 3rd semesters, is: Effective leadership: group project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Exams, research projects, group work, presentations, reports and essays, and seminar contribution.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

Course Enquiries, School of Biological Sciences
Telephone number: 
028 9097 2114