• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
There are a number of taught modules of the Sustainable Development course at De Montfort University which will follow a matrix structure with four contextual modules that have specific relevance to the research groups, and students. There are also four generic modules that will provide the cross cutting and core skills for engaging in ‘real world’ research.
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Existing Masters courses will also be made available to the research students; this will include access to lectures and Blackboard based Distance Learning material.  An important feature of this DTP will be the running of bi-monthly workshops and seminars with practitioners and policy makers; the teaching team have an extensive network of contacts to support this.

There are opportunities to build on DMU the Green Academy Programme that is currently being taken forward by the University's Sustainable Development Task Force.  The research students will have the opportunity to contribute to several undergraduate and Master’s level courses from within all the Faculties; there will also be the opportunity to work with, and lecture, to practitioners in local authorities and commercial organisations in the UK and abroad.


International and national commitments on sustainable development require a future workforce with knowledge of a broad range of interdisciplinary skills to address the complex challenges facing society.  Students studying through this DTP will therefore be well placed to address such issues. 

The training of the Sustainable Development course at De Montfort University will be based on a recognition that research skills, and particularly those that are action and participatory based, are becoming a significant asset in the employment market.  These skills relate both to the ability to manage and evaluate change and to evaluate projects from an independent perspective. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      typically 36-48 months)

    • Average part-time duration 56 months
    • Duration description

      typically 56-66 months

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Investigating sustainable development – a triple bottom line approach;
  • Researching communities and organisations;
  • Towards resource efficient, sustainable design;
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Action and participatory research (including qualitative and quantitative approaches and tools);
  • Systems thinking and sustainability;

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Applicants should complete the Application Form and submit it to De Montfort University. Reference forms should be passed to the two referees for completion.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12700 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • UK-EU: Part-time: £2,204 per year
  • International: £6,100 per year

Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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