Welcome to Stellenbosch University

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The CST is a flagship research, teaching and training initiative at Stellenbosch University that brings together research on transdisciplinarity, complexity theory, sustainability, and social-ecological resilience to inform pressing national, continental, and global sustainability and development challenges. The CST hosts leading scientists and students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, and fosters collaborations with a variety of departments across the university, nationally and globally, providing a vibrant hub for solution-oriented, transdisciplinary sustainability science.

The CST offers three postgraduate training offerings, which comprises the PGDip (NQF level 8), MPhil (NQF level 9) and PhD (NQF level 10) in Sustainable Development.

For an overview of the PGDip, MPhil and PhD programmes, please review the relevant section in the Faculty Yearbook.


The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Sustainable Development is an honours-level qualification comprised of 8 taught modules that can be completed over 1 or 2 years. The programme is offered in collaboration with the Sustainability Institute, based in the Lynedoch Ecovillage outside Stellenbosch. The bulk of in-person learning takes place at the Sustainability Institute practice hub, and also includes modules offered on Stellenbosch University's main campus.

The PGDip provides the entry point into the CST's wider research and postgraduate training environment. Students who graduate from the PGDip and are eager to continue their academic research training can apply for the MPhil programme, and thereafter the PhD programme.

Applications for the PGDip close on 31 August.


The MPhil in Sustainable Development comprises a research thesis plus a minimum of two modules and is presented over 2 years. 

Applications for the MPhil close on 30 September.


The PhD in Sustainable Development is a research-based qualification. Please see the guideline for prospective PhD students under supporting documents for further information about applications to the programme. ​

Application Process