MSc in Environmental and Society Studies

Radboud University

Program Description

MSc in Environmental and Society Studies

Radboud University

This programme focuses on the way society deals with its physical environment. We’ll look at experiences of countries all over the globe, at good and bad practises and at the role of markets and governments as well as society itself. You’ll become part of the quest for sustainability. How can we green our economies and change daily behaviour? With the help of other disciplines like sociology, psychology, political science and administration, you’ll gain the complete picture.

Our multidisciplinary programme allows you to look beyond country borders and you’ll discover what is needed on different levels, from the United Nations to Europe, from individual countries to the local level. What is the role of the EU in promoting the 20-20-20 Agenda? And what can be done by people themselves, through, for examples, citizens’ initiatives? In short, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to guide and influence societal transformations towards sustainability.

Why study Environment and Society Studies at Radboud University? More than many other Master’s programmes, this programme focuses on the political transformations needed for societal change. Scientific insights are illustrated with numerous social and political issues from all over the world. All lectures, seminars and literature deal with internationally comparative studies on environment, sustainability and social and political change. Theory is put into practice. During the programme, you'll be in close contact with the professional field by means of guest lecturers and practical assignments, allowing you to assess how well key theories and dynamics perform in practise. Seminars are interactive so you can acquire the needed skills. For example, participation in negotiation games and debates will strengthen your ability to match the interests of various stakeholders in environmental planning. There is an obligatory internship (chosen from a list of well-established (inter)national organisations) that will help you to expand your professional network. For a multidisciplinary perspective, we cooperate with other groups within the department of Geography, Planning and Environment and other departments of the Nijmegen School of Management.


You can choose a specialisation that best reflects your passion for the environment, sustainability and governance. Radboud University offers the following five specialisations in this field:

Global Environment and Sustainability In this specialisation, you'll study the way complex global sustainability issues are addressed by international governance arrangements, rules and organisations, both public and private. Among the pressing issues are those related to climate change, biodiversity, water quality, the quality of ecosystems and natural resource suppliers.

Corporate Sustainability The private sector plays a crucial role in shaping our sustainable society. In this specialisation you'll study innovative environmental partnerships, specifically focusing on the role of the societal and ethical responsibility of business and the market with regards to the environment.

Local Environmental Change and Sustainable Cities In this specialisation you'll focus on the local level of sustainable transformations, in particular the development of sustainable cities and regions. You'll analyse and reflect on sustainable futures, measures and instruments with regard to waste, energy, water, transport and climate-proofing cities and regions.

European Spatial and Environmental Planning This specialisation will teach you to become a spatial planner who can engage with EU policies, cooperate with planners across borders and coordinate with other sectors like environment and economic development.

PLANET Europe The aims and objectives of PLANET Europe are similar to those of European Spatial and Environmental Planning. With PLANET Europe you’ll gain two diplomas in two years from different universities if you successfully complete the programme.

There are two requirements:

  1. A completed Bachelor’s degree in spatially-oriented or related area: You will need to have a Dutch Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) received from from spatially-oriented disciplines, such as spatial planning, human geography, social and political sciences of the environment, etc.
  2. A proficiency in English: TOEFL iBT (minimum overall score of 90, with subscores not lower than 18), IELTS Academic (minimum overall score of 6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0), Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) (minimum score of C), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) (minimum score of C).

Deadlines Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.
Note: certificates may not be older than two years, and in certain instances (see our website) you may be exempted from providing proof of English language proficiency.

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
1 - 2 years
Full time
1,984 EUR
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EU/EEA; 01/04/2016 - non-EU/EEA (each year)
Start date Aug. 2016
Netherlands Nijmegen
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EU/EEA; 01/04/2016 - non-EU/EEA (each year)
End date Aug. 31, 2016
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students - 9,232 EUR for non-EEA