University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Innovation for Sustainable International Development

The World Bank and other influential international agencies increasingly talk about sustainable development in terms of 'inclusive green growth'. Yet different aspects of economic growth, greening and inclusiveness may be at odds with each other. Strategies to reconcile these three aspects of sustainable development are rapidly becoming a 21st-century imperative. This course trains aspiring professionals, policy-makers, leaders and campaigners to deal effectively with these policy challenges. Students will explore the policies and strategies that combine the 'right' science, technology and innovation to deliver sustainable development. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed by international development agencies, NGOs, national ministries and firms in developing countries as they strive to achieve green and inclusive growth. The course combines ideas from economics, innovation studies and development studies while requiring no prior training in these fields. You will be taught by leading researchers who have played key roles advising organisations around the world on development policy and practices.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in either social or natural sciences, or humanities. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Course modules

Autumn term: Science technology and innovation for economic development; sustainable development: perspectives, policies and practices. Spring term: Governing and using technology for development; introduction to statistical and research methods; perspectives, methods and skills; 1 option from: Energy and development; information and communication technology policy strategy; innovation for sustainability; managing knowledge; governing energy transitions. Summer term: you carry out supervised work on a 20,000-word dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, analysis assignments, project presentations, extended essays and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,350 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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