SPL (School of Public Leadership)
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DIPLOMA IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 

This programme is for a new generation of environmentally conscious and socially responsible changemakers. Our students graduate with focused knowledge and skills in sustainability and social entrepreneurship.

The Diploma in Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary three-year programme that will equip you with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:

  • Sustainable technologies
  • Complexity and ecology
  • Social action and leadership
  • Small business management
  • Communication and storytelling.

In this programme we focus on building entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills. Entrepreneurs use their skills to create employment for themselves and others. Intrapreneurs are action-orientated, self-motivated people who drive innovation wherever they are employed.

The Diploma in Sustainable Development will ground you in principles of sustainability through place-based applied learning. The programme is presented in collaboration ​with the Sustainability Institute  at the Lynedoch eco-village. We learn in classrooms, in nature, on field trips and by working in groups. Watch the videos to learn more about our spaces and teaching approach.


For an overview of the Diploma in Sustainable Development,  find the relevant section in the Faculty Yearbook. 



This exciting prospectus was produced by the third-year students during lockdown in 2020. They worked remotely and collaboratively to determine the structure and draft the content. 

For more information, contact the programme coordinator at diploma@sun.ac.za or phone 021 881 3952. 

Ge​t to know the Sustainability Institute ​​



Route from the Stellenbosch University Bus stop to the ​Sustainability Institute ​​


Get to know the Sustainability Institute Farmhouse  


Get to know the Sustainability Institute Main Building


Get to know the Sustainability Institute Outdoor Learning Spaces​