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Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development is a fast growing discipline with areas of study, which complement such growth developing in tandem. It requires researchers who can collect and analyse information from multiple academic disciplines. Furthermore, they have to interpret those findings and translate their interpretation into action plans for policy and decision makers, contributing to the transformation and creation of policies and generation of reform.

For this reason, the MSc in Sustainable Development towards an Inclusive and Equitable Global Society: Economic, Sociocultural, Ecological Dimensions is an interdisciplinary programme presenting "alternative" narratives and paradigms in contrast to the dominant meta narratives across the key modules. The students will be free to collaborate with scholars across the various disciplines on original interdisciplinary research. In so doing, students will help create new fields of inquiry that will have a wide impact in many aspects of daily life.

The programme of study is organized to attain the following objectives:

  • Show advanced understanding of concepts and theories of sustainable development;
  • Examine ideological, ethical and institutional perspectives on sustainable development and the concepts of justice & responsibility;
  • Envisage alternative futures through the theoretical development of different paradigms and the practical application of such theories at local, national and global levels;
  • Identify global priorities and explore alternative pathways by which to recognise environmental limits and strive for social justice in order to leave a better world for future generations;
  • Evaluate the link between sustainability and well-being and existing and new indicators and their relevance to Sustainable Development Goals agenda;
  • Scrutinise the ethical dilemmas and issues related to small islands, coastal regions and land-locked countries; population groups including gender dimensions and rights of indigenous people or species and renewable and non-renewable resources;
  • Apply and critically comment on quantitative and qualitative approaches to sustainability;
  • Analyse complex systems systematically, as the multi/trans/interdisciplinary nature of action for sustainable development requires a systems thinking approach in order to understand drivers in the existing system;
  • Identify leverage points for sustainable development;
  • Transcribe these points into a call for action;
  • Establish discourse with stakeholders on the leverage points identified to generate sustainability;
  • Enable students to engage in advanced study and high quality research with scholars in a variety of fields relevant to sustainability;
  • Foster original and scholarly research that contributes to relevant field/s;
  • Explore practice, policies, theories and new ideas relating to their field of study;
  • Facilitate the integration of students’ professional and educational experience with the larger problems of the relevant professions involved in sustainability;
  • Acquire theoretical and applied knowledge of contemporary issues and develop a theoretical lens through which to perceive specific issues related to sustainability;
  • Identify cross-cutting themes; and,
  • Discuss and develop linkages across the modules and their relevance to a sustainable future.

In order to attain these objectives, students following the PhD programme work are monitored closely by one or more faculty members and/or experts from related fields of study. To this end, Dilemma Workshops shall be organised wherein papers will be evaluated and students will be required to demonstrate empirical, theoretical, structural and critical capabilities.

Admission Requirements Students shall possess a Bachelor’s degree (EQF/MQF level 6) or equivalent in any area deemed relevant by PI’s Post-Graduate Admissions Board. Students should have proficiency in English or Italian, being in possession of at least a C1.

Further Information The MSc degree programme has been designed with a strongly formative character in mind and with sound theoretical foundations. To ensure a smooth transition for the student, collaborations and partnerships with a variety of industry players are in place so as to ensure relevant placement for the students’ research studies. To further promote industrial experience development, a student can also carry out the final project in collaboration with an industrial partner.


Course Type
Full time / Part time
24/36 months
Tuition Fee
Soon Available
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