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 practices 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, though, 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 any 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.
- The 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 practice.
- 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 four specialisations in this field:
Global Environment and Sustainability
Study how global sustainability issues are addressed by governments and international organisations. Among the pressing issues are for example climate change, biodiversity, water quality and natural resource suppliers.
Study innovative environmental partnerships, with a special focus 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
Focus on the local level of sustainable transformations, in particular, the development of sustainable cities and regions. Reflect on sustainable futures, waste systems, transport and climate-proofing cities and regions.
European Spatial and Environmental Planning
Learn to become a spatial planner who can engage with EU policies, cooperate with planners across borders and coordinate with other sectors like economic development.
As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.
A completed Bachelor's degree from a spatially-oriented discipline
In order to get admission to this Master's, you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree from spatially-oriented disciplines, such as spatial planning, human geography, social and political sciences of the environment.
2. Proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL minimum overall score of 90, with subscores no lower than 18
- An IELTS of minimum overall score of 6.5, with subscores no lower than 6.0
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3. A background in research methodology
Because of the academic nature of this programme, we require all our students to have basic training in research processes, e.g. research design and data-analysis.
Programmes starting in September
- Non-EEA students: 1 April.
- EEA students: 1 May.
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.
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