Masters in Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is an interdisciplinary field that deals with finding solutions for meeting global economic goals, without exhausting natural resources. Sustainability degrees involve knowledge and methods from other environmental studies and earth sciences such as: ecology, biodiversity and conservation, environmental economics, policy making and resource management.

Sustainability practitioners deal with promoting an understanding of the value of sustainable practices and offer counselling for the implementation of environmental policies within organisations. Professionals have a broad understanding of social, environmental and economic aspects in the globalised world. They also need to stay in touch with cutting-edge green methods, the discovery of renewable resources and innovative strategies in sustainable development.

Bachelors and Masters in Sustanability Development offer core knowledge in sustainability risks and opportunities, as well as foundation coursework in the natural, environmental and social sciences. Students will discuss alternative ways to encourage development in a responsible manner. Students need to develop excellent communication skills, but they also need to make use of persuasion techniques and leadership strategies.

Graduates in the field of sustainable development will be a source of expertise and advisory services for the government, private sector, and non-governmental initiatives, supporting the implementation of sustainable environment and development practices. Career examples include: construction project management, sustainability analyst, sustainable design professional, and energy efficiency analyst or operations manager.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Tourism Economics and Regional Development Master Tourism Economics and Regional Development
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA € 2,750
  • International € 3,125
  • 18 months

The increasing economic importance of tourism led to a fast expansion of Tourism Economics over the last two decades. The present Master Program combines this emerging field within Economics with a consolidated one: Regional Economics. The Tourism Economics and Regional Development programme is offered at the University of Algarve.

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Biobased Materials M.Sc. Biobased Materials
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,984 per year
  • International € 17,500 per year
  • 24 months

The master programme Biobased Materials is a 2-year master programme, fully taught in English and located at the Brightland Chemelot campus. The curriculum was developed in close collaboration with the department of Biobased Materials of Maastricht University’s Faculty of Humanities and Sciences.

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ICoNS: advanced Bachelor in International Cooperation North-South Master ICoNS: advanced Bachelor in International Cooperation North-South
  • Sep 2016
  • Not specified
  • 12 months

The post Bachelor ICoNS: advanced Bachelor in International Cooperation North-South at UC Leuven-Limburg has the ambition to encourage young people to become critical and committed world citizens by offering an established quality experience of 6 months in a developing region. It's is a one-year bachelor programme (60 ECTS credits) in which students are prepared for and guided through an intensive study period in a country in the South.

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Development and Rural Innovation M.Sc. Development and Rural Innovation
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 2,000 per year
  • International € 16,000 per year
  • 24 months

This programme aims to develop professionals who understand the role of knowledge in societal change processes and are able to link human and technological dimensions of innovation in dynamic contexts across the globe. It is a social science programme tailored for students with a technical, life science or relevant management background with an interest in international development problems. Innovations in the field of agriculture, food and natural resource management have a dual nature.

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Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management M.Sc. Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 6,000 per year
  • International € 12,000 per year
  • 24 months

The increasing demand for raw materials, their price volatility, the production concentration and the market distortions imposed by some countries, confront Europe and other world regions with a number of challenges along the entire value chain. To tackle this supply risk challenge and to deal with environmental problems arising from too large emissions of waste (such as CO2), technological innovation is required with respect to exploration of new resources and sustainable primary mining, sustainable use of resources in specific products and production processes (e.g. substitution of critical metals in materials), prevention of waste generation, valorisation of secondary (alternative) resources and recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products.

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Tourism, Heritage & Sustainability M.Sc. Tourism, Heritage & Sustainability
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 6,950 per year
  • International £ 15,250 per year
  • 12 months

The Tourism, Heritage & Sustainability programme from University of Glasgow uses academic approaches from the social sciences and the arts to investigate key themes. These include motivation, impacts, sustainable development, cultural and natural heritage, interpretation and management within this field.

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Sustainable Resources M.Sc. Sustainable Resources
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 11,460 per year
  • International £ 22,180 per year
  • 12 months

The Sustainable Resources programme is offered at the University College London (UCL). This programme offers you a unique opportunity to understand and to learn how to analyse and manage the sustainable exploitation of mineral and natural resources, throughout the economy.

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Sustainable Development, Management and Policy M.Sc. Sustainable Development, Management and Policy
  • Mar 2017
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 24,000
  • International € 24,000
  • 24 months

The Master of Science (MSc) In Sustainable Development, Management, and Policy graduate program from MODUL University Vienna challenges its students to consider a wide spectrum of sustainability issues, with special attention given to their often complex interrelationships.

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Global Challenges: Development, Environment and Health M.Sc. Global Challenges: Development, Environment and Health
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 725 per module
  • International £ 725 per module
  • 33 months

Develop your understanding, knowledge and skills to tackle the inter-related global challenges of development, health and environment. This unique Global Challenges: Development, Environment and Health masters at The University of Edinburgh is made up of 3 different Postgraduate Certificates, which can also be studied on their own.

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Environmental Sciences M.Sc. Environmental Sciences
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 2,100 per year
  • International € 2,100 per year
  • 24 months

This Second Cycle Degree Programme provides students with the high qualification and specialization needed to apply investigation methods, plan environmental recovery and reclamation interventions, evaluate environmental resources, manage and plan the territory. The Environmental Sciences programme is offered by Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

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Aalborg University

M.Sc. Sustainable Design
  • Sep 2016
  • International € 12,573 per year
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The challenge of sustainable design is to develop products and networks, which can transform systems of consumption and production to be more sustainable. The master’s programme in Sustainable Design combines sustainable product design with tools from innovation theory, practice theory and user-oriented design.

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