Online course

Mastering Sustainable Development

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Course information

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Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

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Course frequency

Every week


Time committment

- hours



Optional extra

GVI Program Abroad



Book before September 2023 and receive a £100 scholarship

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Course introduction

Want to get a career in social or environmental impact? Don’t know where to start, but want to get off on the right path? Complete our 24 week Mastering Sustainable Development program to get the full perspective of the sustainable development sector, covering everything from wildlife conservation and climate change, to global health and human rights.

Master skills in fundamentals areas such as fundraising, communication, leadership, ethical best practice and monitoring and evaluation. Learn the key concepts in the focus areas of community development and nature conservation as you find out how to contribute to meaningful and impactful real-life developmental initiatives.

Is this program for me?

If you feel inspired by the work being done by professionals in the field of sustainable development and would like to transition to a career where you can significantly contribute to global initiatives, then this is the course for you. Whether you are in high school, college or a graduate wanting to launch your impactful career, or a mid-career professional looking to change things up and switch careers, or if you are a retired senior who wants to be involved in community projects, this program has something for everyone.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

Earn your certification

Certification signature

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

The program includes our Climate Crisis and Sustainability and Wildlife Conservation courses. In the wildlife conservation course you’ll learn about current issues threatening wildlife and biodiversity, such as habitat destruction, pollution and climate change. In the climate crisis course, you’ll analyse sustainability and the principles of climate change and its impact on the environment.

You’ll also take part in our Marine Conservation and Conservation and Scientific Research courses. In the marine course, you’ll learn about the issues threatening marine ecosystems and analyse real-world case studies and a variety of solution-based conservation projects. In the scientific research course, topics include species identification, surveying techniques and logistics, and the importance of health and safety protocols.

Another component of this program is our Human Rights and Global Health courses. In the Human Rights course, you’ll first learn about the 30 universal human rights and how local factors affect implementation. You’ll discuss the rights of specific groups and current human rights debates. In the Global Health course, you’ll learn about past and current global health issues and possible innovations. You’ll also discuss universal health coverage and how power and politics influence public health policy.

You’ll also complete our Making an Impact Ethically and Fundraising and Communication courses. In the Making an Impact Ethically course, you’ll engage in debate on a range of commonly encountered ethical predicaments and discuss your own solutions to these dilemmas. In the Fundraising and Communications course you’ll explore the different types of fundraising activities and how to overcome common challenges in fundraising.

The program also includes our Community Development and Impact Measurement courses. In the Community Development course, you’ll learn about how community development initiatives fail and how to avoid this. In the Impact Measurement course, you’ll learn how to create an impact measurement plan and implement it. You’ll also learn how to set up and manage effective data collection.

Lastly, you will cover our Careers in Sustainable Development and Leading Teams for Impact courses. In the careers course, you’ll learn about different careers in sustainable development and learn how to network, write a resume, submit an application and impress during an interview. In the leadership course, you’ll find out how to set goals, give feedback, manage conflict and identify different roles of team members.

Course curriculum

Course 1:Climate Crisis and Sustainability

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: The Earth System

Module 2: Environmental Problems

Module 3: Sustainable Development and the Environment

Module 4: Approached to Environmental Sustainability

Module 5: Making Change for Our Planet’s Future

Course 2:Wildlife Conservation

Orientation to our online course

Module 1: Introduction to conservation

Module 2: Biodiversity and ecosystem management

Module 3: Key threats and pressures

Module 4: Wildlife conservation in the field

Module 5: The institutional and funding landscape

Course 3:Marine Conservation

Orientation to our online course

Module 1: Introduction to Marine Conservation

Module 2: Approaches to Marine Conservation

Module 3: Key Threats to Marine Environments

Module 4: Marine Conservation in the Field

Module 5: Marine Conservation Stakeholders

Course 4:Conservation and Scientific Research

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Target Species Identification

Module 2: Survey Techniques

Module 3: Survey Logistics

Module 4: Project partner relationships

Module 5: Health and Safety Procedures

Course 5:Ethics in Sustainable Development

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Introduction to Ethics

Module 2: Ethical Theories in Action

Module 3: Ethics and Solutions to Global Problems

Module 4: Is There a “Right and Wrong” Way?

Module 5: The Future of Doing Good

Course 6:Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing