Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme at LSBU
Study with the internationally-recognised pioneer in EfS

Welcome...

Welcome to the website that paints a bigger picture of the Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme of London South Bank University (LSBU).

Here, we aim at helping you become an effective agent for positive change in learning and education relevant for sustainability. We do so by enquiring into the kind of learning for change in personal, social and ecological spheres that is needed to help understand, develop and promote sustainability.

As an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of EfS, we welcome and thrive on diversity and inclusion. We offer a range of qualifications with flexible study modes, including distance learning. Since our launch in 1994, we have continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, both within and outside the UK.

We can give you four good reasons why it’s a great idea to study with us.

 We are an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of Education for Sustainability (EfS).
 We welcome and thrive on diversity and inclusion.
 We offer a range of qualifications with flexible study modes.
 We continue to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS.

We are an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of Education for Sustainability (EfS).
Our roots lie in the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil. There, almost all the countries backed the commitment to integrate environmental and development concerns in the emerging concept of sustainability while emphasising the importance of education’s role in building a sustainable world. In response to this a group of development and environmental organisations – with the financial contributions from WWF-UK, Oxfam and the EU – got together with London South Bank University and the eventual result was our EfS programme, the first ever masters programme of this kind.

In 1994 the first batch of students began their studies and the first masters degrees were awarded in 1997.

Our programme is recognised by Unesco and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).

We welcome and thrive on diversity and inclusion.
Although our programme is primarily designed for educators and communicators striving for a sustainable world, we welcome anyone who is committed to become an agent for change for sustainability in their professional, social or cultural context. That’s why we have students from diverse areas (e.g. health education, media, business, and botanic and zoological work) studying with teachers, educators and NGO educational, training and campaigning staff.

And we welcome students from all parts of the world and view this rich diversity as an asset to the emerging field of EfS as well as to our programme. As a result, our alumni represent today a diverse international learning community, covering all continents except of course Antarctica.

What binds our diverse student population and alumni them together is their dream – a sustainable world – and their commitment to make it real some day.

Diversity does not stop there. Our tutor team is rich in diversity too. And so are our course materials, where academic articles from scholars holding diagonally opposite views sit next to each other.

We offer a range of qualifications with flexible study modes.
Our flagship qualification (or course) is Masters of Science (MSc) in EfS and it comprises eight units plus dissertation. We also offer three other qualifications, namely University Certificate (two units), Postgraduate Certificate (four units), and Postgraduate Diploma (eight units).

To suit your personal and professional commitments, we offer a choice of study modes, namely fulltime through self-supported study at the University, part-time through distance learning, and a mixture of both.

What’s more, if your circumstances change after you start a course, you can change your study mode or even the course itself!

We continue to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS.
In an emerging field like EfS the interface between theory and practice is even more important. Theory informs practice and practice in turn nourishes theory. That’s why our course materials undergo continuous review and updating.

Networking is an essential element for us to consolidate our premier position as a theory-practice interface in EfS. The e-bulletin board of our programme’s website provides a platform for students and tutors to learn, discuss and debate various aspects related to EfS. Because students can login to this facility for two more years since graduation, they will not lose their contacts soon after graduation.

Instead of being a mere academic programme, we facilitate external networking, too! We actively engage with external groups, organisations as well as individuals who are concerned about and interested in EfS. For this we employ various means such as our annual EfS conference, our Indicator e-Journal (www.indicator.org.uk) offering free access, publication of books and, most recently, the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as its initiator.

Who the course is for

Target groups
Because this course is designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability, it is ideal for educators and communicators in sustainability.

Although most of our students – present and past – are educators, teachers and NGO educational, training or campaigning staff, we draw students from many other backgrounds, such as health education, media, business, government, and botanic and zoological work.

Eligibility
For a successful application, you need an honours degree. However, your application will be favourably considered if you have relevant experience or if you can provide us with evidence of your potential.

English language requirements for postgraduate study at London South Bank University are 6.5 IELTS, or 580 TOEFL, or 237 CBTOEFL. If English is not your first language and you do not possess any of the above, we will send you a separate English language test.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts regarding your eligibility.

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Contact

You can apply by post, fax, email or online.

For more information on applying, please visit the EfS programme webpage on London South Bank University (LSBU) website at:

http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/ahs/departments/education/efs

Postal address:
EfS programme
London South Bank University
K2 Building, Keyworth Street
London SE1 6NG

Email: efs@lsbu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7815 5792

Fax: +44 (0)20 7815 7899

Webpage: http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/ahs/departments/education/efs

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