Course Title

BSc (Hons) Global Sustainable Development


Awarding Institution

University of Plymouth



The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all Member States in 2015 and provide a roadmap to achieving a “better and more sustainable future for all” by 2030.  The SDGs seek to balance out the needs of nations to develop their societies against the concerns for the natural world which, perhaps, previous episodes of resource exploitation have overlooked.

MLA College’s innovative BSc (Hons) Global Sustainable Development programme is developed in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research affiliated International Training Center for Authorities and Leaders, CIFAL Istanbul.  The programme follows a pathway of activity that inculcates high expectations of study and research practice, leverages the power of open source solutions to allow those less economically able to participate in the understanding of their world, and then takes those lessons back out into their local communities to help them deliver, in ways small or large, against the UN SDGs.

The programme is designed across three levels, delivered through blended learning:

Level four: Full-time residential

Addresses the fundamentals of sustainability, as well as some of the core principles that help students understand social science, economic and environmental processes.

At the same time, a closer learner-tutor relationship will help embed expectations regarding study and research behaviour, allow international students the chance to improve both their academic and social English and create a learning community which will foster relationships that can act as a support mechanism in future years.  All modules are compulsory.

Level five: Part-time/full-time distance learning

Students start to integrate concepts identified in the previous Level, arguing that understanding sustainability requires an appreciation of how various areas of expertise work together in solving problems. This level is very much about current thinking and practices in sustainability. Students take two of the three available pathways; Economy-Society; Environment-Society or Economy-Environment.

Level six: Part-time/full-time distance learning

Focusing on putting expertise into practice and investigating emergent ideas in sustainability. Taking SDG 17 as its starting point, and seeing this as a potential unifying theme or solution, students will spend part of the final level working within communities, developing and delivering, by partnership, against their own chosen range of SDG’s. Students will understand the processes of planning, benchmarking, monitoring, evaluation and project management in delivering sustainability projects. Students will be mentored by tutors, delivering a variety of reports, both research based and reflective, which document the progress and results of their community-based project. 

The level finishes with each student selecting one SDG and producing an exposition which takes the ideas developed throughout the course to predict how progress against that SDG will look by 2030 and how that Goal will develop beyond this date.


Start date

September 2021.



This course will normally take between 3 and 5 years to complete depending upon chosen mode of study.  Actual study time will vary from student to student depending on their ability to commit to their studies. 


Entry requirements

Flexible but normally between 104 - 112 points at A Level, expected to include at least a pass at grade C in a science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Geology, Environmental Science) and/or other numerate discipline.  Applications from international students and those with no recent formal qualifications are welcome and will be assessed on an individual basis.



The tution fees for all courses are available under the main Fees menu.  This BSc Sustainable Development course costs £7,250 (inc. VAT) per level,  and the programme comprises three levels.

The tuition fees include all the learning materials, full tutor support, assessment and certificates (where applicable).