Diploma in Moral Economy & Sustainable Development

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The core taught modules provide an in-depth analysis of the core issues and debates surrounding sustainable development in the contemporary global and professional contexts. The optional (elective) modules enable students to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of moral, economic, environmental and social issues. The role of public and private institutions engaged in sustainable development are also appreciated in responding to the challenges and policy implications of the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of different communities.

Elective modules will be offered on student preference and viability of group size. This will be made clear to applicants on the programme. The dissertation provides an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of a specific issue related to sustainable development agenda.

Course Level

This programme is approved and credit-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

The programme comprises 120 credits at SCQF level 11.

Course Duration

The programme is delivered full-time (six-month period) comprising two semesters.

Part-time basis (one-year) and block delivery will also be available.

Students must pass 120 credits which includes the project report in order to be awarded the Diploma.

Entry Requirements


Academic requirements  An honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent.

In addition, professional experience will be also recognised for enrolment in the course.

Work experience Not required, however professional experience will be recognised for enrolment in the course


English language requirements

International applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to ensure that they have an IELTS test from a UKVI approved test centre.

Applicants would need to have achieved an average score of 6.5 in their IELTS test (with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Full entry requirements can be found here

Programme Aims

The proposed programme aims to explore critically, a range of perspectives and debates surrounding sustainable development in the contemporary global and professional contexts. It will provide students with a critical understanding of sustainable development theory and practice, and the skills required to contribute to, as well as, to critically analyse and evaluate sustainable development research, policy and practice in a range of contexts. The programme employs a multi-disciplinary approach aiming to provide students with the necessary knowledge, tools and skills to pursue successful research or professional careers in areas of sustainable development.

The programme explores the interaction of Islam and sustainable development and aims to provide a high-quality masters level study that:

  • Systematically and critically explores concepts, debates and approaches surrounding sustainable development in the contemporary global and professional contexts.
  • Develops a critical understanding of the implications of concepts, values and principles for sustainable development policy and practice.
  • Develops knowledge and understanding to critically evaluate the key concepts, theories, frameworks and strategies used in sustainable development targeting different communities.
  • Engages students in a range of contemporary sustainable development issues relevant to their particular interests, strengths, academic, professional and/or developmental needs.
  • Facilitates self-direction and originality to act autonomously in designing, planning, implementing and critically analysing and evaluating at master’s level in specialist areas.


The programme is comprised of compulsory and optional units.

Unit SCQF level Credits Compulsory/ optional Start date
Islamic Moral Economy and Finance 11 20 Compulsory September
Sustainable Development: Discourse and Policy 11 20 Compulsory September
Research Skills and Project Report 11 20 Compulsory September
Sustainable Governance and Democracy 11 20 Optional January
Civic institutions and Sustainable Development 11 20 Optional January
Development Policy and Application 11 20 Optional January
Sustainability and Ethics 11 20 Optional January
Theoretical and Practical Entrepreneurship 11 20 Optional September


Teaching for all compulsory and optional units will be delivered through a blended model of face-to-face and digital teaching methods.


Graduates of this programme will typically find work in organisations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in a broad range of sustainable development positions and roles.

The Diploma opens up opportunities for careers that demand postgraduate skills in sustainable development such as in research, management, policy analysis and consultancy, sustainable development programme planning, international development, and which require multi-disciplinary understanding to address challenges in their workplace and in the world.

Student Life

The College provides a conducive environment for its learners and staff in terms of facilities. More importantly, the College promotes multiculturalism as encapsulated in its vision and philosophy. The College is also situated near the city centre of Dundee close to the Universities of Dundee and Abertay as well as the Dundee College.

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