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Description of Sustainable Development

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 February: September (non-EEA: September). Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 19080 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date February  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 10%
  • practice: 5%
  • self study: 85%

Programme internationalization:

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

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


Energy and Materials:

Energy and Materials is a multidisciplinary natural sciences track that focuses on the analysis of energy and materials systems.

Eniveronmental Change and Ecosystems:

Environmental Change and Ecosystems is a multidisciplinary natural sciences track focusing on the interaction between humans and the physical and biotic environment.

Environmental Change and Ecosystems:

Environmental Change and Ecosystems is a multidisciplinary natural sciences track focusing on the interaction between humans and the physical and biotic environment.

Earth System Governance :

Earth System Governance is a multidisciplinary social science track that deals with environmental issues and environmental policy.

International Development :

International Development is a multidisciplinary social sciences track that focuses on how the need for improved living conditions for growing populations in the Global South can be reconciled.

Requirements for Sustainable Development

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

Work Experience for Sustainable Development

No work experience is required.

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