Institute of Sustainable Development

The Institute for Sustainable Development

ISD Degree Programmes

The Institute for Sustainable Development offers taught and research-based degree programmes for graduate students.

The Sustainable Development Policy Unit offers research degrees (MPhil and  PhD) in collaboration with The  UWI’s faculties, aimed at providing  a sound knowledge base to position the Caribbean region towards  mainstreaming Sustainable Development policies in its development. The MPhil and PhD programmes are channeled towards policies that promote Sustainable Development and are delivered in collaboration with relevant faculties throughout the UWI. 

Persons interested in the MPhil or PhD programme can contact: Professor Anthony Clayton at  or call Tel: (876) 977-1659.

ISD offers a Masters degree in Natural Resources Management (NRM), through the Centre for Environmental Management and the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre. This degree is offered in three M.Sc. streams and three Diploma streams - Integrated Urban and Rural Environmental Management (IUREM); Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems (MaTE). 

  • The M.Sc. in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems merges Aquatic Sciences and Tropical Ecosystem Assessment and Management, and is delivered in collaboration with the Department of Life Sciences at Mona. The programme investigates selected aspects of the biodiversity associated with Caribbean aquatic and terrestrial environments focussing on Jamaica, with a greater emphasis on their management, conservation and sustainable use.

  • The primary objective of the M.Sc. in Integrated Urban and Rural Environmental Management is to contribute to an integrated approach to environmental and natural resource management in the Caribbean region through professional training.

  • The M.Sc. in Disaster Risk Management is under review. It is delivered with the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC) and provides training in disaster management incorporating various disciplines, focusing on the development of policy to address disaster risk management. 

Persons interested in the Environmental Management Masters degrees can contact  Dr  Vivienne Vassall, Coordinator of Programme at CEM:  or at Tel: (876) 702-4152

The ISD is pleased to be part of the online Advanced Certificate in Leadership in Sustinable Development offered by the Open Campus of The University of the West Indies and Empire State College New York (SUNY). Details on this programme can be found at this link


The Certificate in Leadership for Sustainable Development is designed to build human capacity within Caribbean Islands and New York State to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The University of the West Indies (UWI) and SUNY Empire State College (ESC) will cooperate, sharing expertise and teaching to educate students on sustainable development. The concept of sustainable development being taught in this program goes beyond the traditional ways of measuring growth and looks to improving well-being and the quality of life for all. 

The programme is totally online (including assessments) and is a 15 credit programme accredited by both The UWI and State University of New York (SUNY). There are five courses taught by the two Universities:

  • Advanced Concepts for Sustainable Development - UWI Course
  • Principles of Community and Economic Development – SUNY Course
  • Leadership in Public and Non-profit Organizations – SUNY Course
  • Stakeholder-Sensitive Business Models – SUNY Course
  • Policy Formulation, Governance and Ethics - UWI Course

If you are interested in applying to the Advanced Certificate in Leadership in Sustainable Development please apply through this link