M.Sc. Sustainable Development

Utrecht University

Application deadline: Start in 1 February: September (non-EEA: September). Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 18,850 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

The Master's in Sustainable Development focuses on the analysis of changes needed to create sustainable solutions to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society.

The Master's programme in Sustainable Development (SD) is aimed at those who want to make a substantial contribution to the transition to a sustainable society through their scientific research; and who want to contribute to innovative future solutions for environmental issues. This two year research programme offers you the opportunity to develop excellent research skills and to apply them effectively to a broad range of specialised topics within the field of sustainable development. In the whole first year, and the beginning of the second, you will follow joint courses in Sustainability, and specialised courses in your chosen track: Energy and Materials; Global Change and Ecosystems; Environmental Governance; or International Development. This last track has a mandatory internship in the first year. Most of the second year is spent on independent research for your final Master's thesis. Some students may also participate in an International Joint Master's Programme. As a graduate of the SD programme, you will be eligible for PhD studies or a position in research institutes, government, business or an NGO.

Contents

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 50%

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Specialities:

Energy and Resources:

This track provides a challenging program to help you understand and develop the skills to contribute to the solution.

Global Change and Ecosystems:

This track is particularly interesting for science graduates interested in ecological matters: * Focus on the sustainable use of land and water; * Approach based in the natural sciences.

Environmental Governance:

This track is particularly interesting for social science graduates who would like to work on environmental policy issues

International Development:

This track is particularly interesting for social science, economics or planning studies graduates interested in sustainability issues related to developing countries:

Requirements

Certified competences

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Previous education: The minimum capacities that are required in prior education concern: research skills; a basic level of knowledge in either the social or the natural sciences; some general insight in sustainability issues and intervention strategies (from a social-science or a natural-science perspective).

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 93

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B2)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 93

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Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Pays-Bas

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