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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development Certificate in collaboration with University of Queensland - UQx. Learn the science & policies that drive sustainable development & how to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


This course introduces the origin and key concepts of sustainability and how to apply those to sustainable development practice.

The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development Certificate is part of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Program from EdX in partnership with the University of Queensland - UQx.

Sustainable development will be explored through theories and case studies from a range of Disciplines. You also will learn about planetary boundaries, urbanisation and growing inequality, to show how integral sustainable development is to our everyday existence.

This course will attempt to provide key content knowledge to bridge the science and the practice of the application and enhancement of sustainable development. The course draws on contemporary examples from both The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to address the world’s most urgent challenges, with emphasis on the linkages between science and policy.

What you'll learn

  • To understand the practice and policy of sustainable pathways to development
  • To appreciate some of the scientific underpinnings of sustainable development practice and how policy-makers are trying to apply it for better governance of scarce resources
  • To apply relevant aspects of the science and policies of sustainable development to your own practice as a development leader
  • To understand how various attributes of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) can be applied by development practitioners and other stakeholders
  • To gain scientific knowledge regarding planetary boundaries processes and their influence on international economic development
  • To be aware of the current international policy landscape for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 84 days
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      12 weeks, 8-10 hours per week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Module 1: What is Sustainable Development?
  • Module 2: Drivers of Inequality 
  • Module 3: Ending Extreme Poverty 
  • Module 4: Growth within Planetary Boundaries 
  • Module 5: Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Module 6: Human Rights and Gender Equality 
  • Module 7: Education and Sustainable Development 
  • Module 8: Environmental and Human Health 
  • Module 9: Sustainable Food Supply 
  • Module 10: Sustainable Cities 
  • Module 11: Curbing Climate Change 
  • Module 12: Saving Biodiversity 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements


  • Participants should have experience, or a strong interest in working in development. While not compulsory, it is recommended that learners have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    150 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 USD for the full programme and a duration of 84 days.
  • National Applies to you

    150 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 USD for the full programme and a duration of 84 days.
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