Environment and Sustainable Development

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Certificate | Postgraduate Diploma


Introduction to the programme

The aim of this inter-disciplinary programme is to provide the opportunity for students to contribute to knowledge about the environment and sustainable development through their own research projects. Within the scope of both the Certificate and Diploma programmes, students are expected to make contributions to sociological knowledge through a piece of critical research which applies and evaluates theory and methodology. The guiding principle in the environment and sustainable development programme at the Kohima Institute is instilling in students an appreciation for the ongoing dialectics between theory, ethnography, and applied developmental practice.


Programme Structure and Delivery

Small classes facilitate the opportunity for students to engage in interactive lectures, discussions and debate. Focusing on the development of critical analysis, reflection, research and presentation skills helps students advance their knowledge of scholarly practice, research methods, teaching, and publications. The Kohima Institute also employs blended learning methods, with the use of some online teaching. This allows for greater flexibility. Students form small study groups to provide mutual peer support and arenas for discussion and debate.

Students are encouraged to attend our annual Hutton Lectures symposium in December, which brings together scholars working primarily within the social sciences from around the world, as well as regular research days, seminars. In these programmes, students learn about the latest research and practice developments from leading scholars in the field.


Additional course costs
Year 1
Year one commences with two full weeks in August and thereafter one or two days per week for the remainder of the 9 month academic year (depending on whether the course is being undertaken full-time or part-time).
Year 2
Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning.
Why The Kohima Institute?

The environment and sustainable development programme at the Kohima Institute is distinguished in the region with its strong courses on both sociological theory as related to both areas, and ethnographic methodology, but also its strong emphasis on South and Southeast Asia as a context for research and practice. With a distinguished faculty of local, regional, national, and international scholars, the environment and sustainable development programme at the Kohima Institute is the newest programme at the institute.

The Institute provides a rich environment for postgraduate students with access to staff from a range of professional backgrounds. Academic staff within the Faculty of Social Sciences are energetic and innovative practitioners, academics and researchers with established strengths in teaching, ethnographic research, and publishing.