SPL (School of Public Leadership)
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Diploma in Sustainable Develop​ment

This comprehensive three-year undergraduate programme equips students with focused knowledge and practical skills in sustainability and social entrepreneurship.

Sustainability and entrepreneurship for social and ecolo​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​gical justice

​​The world is undergoing significant transformations that are shaped by disruptions like artificial intelligence and global challenges like climate change and pandemics. The Diploma will help you prepare for the rapidly changing 'future of work' with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:

  • Sustainable design methodologies.
  • Ecological intelligence and systems thinking.
  • Facilitation and leadership.
  • Small business management.
  • Social entrepreneurship.
  • Strategic communication and presentation skills.
  • Sustainability reporting.

The interlinked modules in this programme will nurture your entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills, empowering you to create your own opportunities or drive innovation within established organisations.

Real-World Learning Adventures and Active Learning

Most of our in-person learning in Year 1 takes place at the Sustainability Institute's praxis hub in the Lynedoch eco-village. Through placed-based learning and field trips, we actively engage with real-world scenarios. You will learn through projects, simulations, and hands-on experiences so that your learning extends beyond the classroom into the realms where change truly happens. In Year 2 and 3, most in-person learning takes place at Stellenbosch main campus, although some days are still spent at Lynedoch. 

Watch the videos below to get a sense of our learning spaces and our teaching approach. 

Community for Change

Learn from experienced facilitators, expert guest lecturers and your peers who bring their invaluable insights and experiences to the table. Through engaging discussions, idea exchanges, and storytelling, we inspire each other to think differently. Build your professional network through internship opportunities and classroom engagement. ​​

Are you ready to unlock your potential as a catalyst for sustainable development? 

Join the Diploma in Sustainable Development and embark on a transformative educational journey that will empower you to shape a better future.​​


For an overview of the Diploma in Sustainable Development and our list of modules, download our prospectus or find the relevant section in the​ ​​Faculty Yearbook. ​

To apply online, choose the following options on your online Programme Selection:

  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences – Stellenbosch
  • Programme Type: Undergraduate
  • Programme: Dip (Sustainable Development)
Online Open Days​: To receive information about upcoming open days, sign up here.​ 


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