M.Sc. Sustainable Development

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR18850 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
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.

Description of Sustainable Development


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 February: September (non-EEA: September). Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 18850 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date February  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme internationalization:

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

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


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 for Sustainable Development

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

Work Experience for Sustainable Development

No work experience is required.

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Utrecht University, Netherlands

Netherlands Utrecht University is a research university comprising of seven faculties which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. Founded in 1636, the University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 12th in Europe and 48th worldwide.

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