M.Sc. Sustainable Development

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR18000 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR2006 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    EUR2006 per Year (National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Utrecht, Netherlands
This two-year Sustainable Development programme at Utrecht University is aimed at students who want to contribute to the design of the solutions needed to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society. In this programme, you will learn how to analyse the processes associated with change and will consider the short and long term management of these processes on local and global levels.
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Multidisciplinary perspective

This Sustainable Development programme at Utrecht University is suitable for candidates who want to study and solve societal sustainability issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme is of particular interest to students who are willing to broaden their perspectives through collaboration and interaction with students who bring to the programme knowledge of other natural and social science disciplines.

Specialise in one of four tracks

Following admission to this Master's programme you can choose one of four specialisation tracks based on your interests in the field. As well as working in your chosen track, you will work in research teams with fellow students from the other tracks.

Sustainable development research

Our programme is closely affiliated with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development,which is part of Utrecht University. The institute conducts research on a wide range of issues related to sustainable development. The cause and effect chains linking economic activities, ecological values and innovation serves as the point of departure for much of the research. Our research and teaching staff are active members of international networks and are at the forefront of their field.

Programme objective

Sustainable Development is the study of scientific solutions and societal interventions for an environmentally accountable society. This two-year Master’s programme educates the scientists of the future. As a graduate of this programme, you will be able to contribute to innovative environmental solutions and help build a sustainable society.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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    Apply until:
  • ( International

    Deadline applies if you do not have the same nationality as the university.

  • ( EEA

    Deadline applies if your country of nationality is in the EEA (European Economic Area)


Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR18000 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR2006 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • EUR2006 per year ( National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • Energy and Materials
    The transition to the sustainable use of energy and materials
  • Environmental Change and Ecosystems
    The suitable use of land and water
  • Earth System Governance
    Governing the social changes needed for an environmentally accountable society
  • International Development
    Sustainable development and living in the Global South
General courses
  • Perspectives on sustainable development
  • Sustainability modelling and indicators
  • Research design
  • Transdisciplinary case study
  • Master's thesis sustainable development


Apply online for the programme of your choice

Pay the €100 application fee

Submit the following documents:
  • Your passport copy
  • A scan of your original diploma
  • a completed and stamped ‘Proof of Anticipated Degree’ Form
  • A scan of your orignal transcript
  • Official translations of your diploma and transcript (if documents are not in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish)
  • Proof of your proficiency in English
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Your motivation letter
  • Two reference letters

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands

Netherlands Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned in the top 15 in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings. The university is located in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. Joining Utrecht University as a master’s student on one of our 86 English-language Master’s programmes will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community engaged in cutting-edge and multidisciplinary teaching and research.

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