MSc in Environment and Society Studies


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in Environmental Studies, Spatial Planning, Human Geography or related disciplines
  • Gain the skills and theoretical understanding needed to advance our economies and societies towards sustainability
  • Examine how society deals with its physical environment, explore good practices for sustainability and understand how governments and individuals can do their part
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a policymaker, advocate, spatial planner, consultant, researcher or many more

Why study Environment and Society Studies at Radboud University?

Radboud's Master's programme in Environment and Society takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and working towards sustainability, drawing topics like sociology, psychology, political science and administration. The courses in this programme take a comparative international approach as well, not just looking from different perspectives, but also from different scales.

In addition to your own programme, you will be associated with the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment and the Nijmegen School of Management.

As a student you will also benefit from Radboud's extensive network, giving your plenty of internship opportunities during your studies, and career opportunities after.

What will you learn?

How can we green our economies and change daily behaviour? What is the role of the EU in promoting the 20-20-20 Agenda? And what can be done by people themselves?

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 will learn how to put theory into practice, learning from professionals, taking part in practical assignments and assessing how key theories perform. Seminars are interactive so you have the opportunity to build your skills through participation in negotiation games and debates, which will strengthen your ability to match the interests of various stakeholders in environmental planning.

Students also have the opportunity to expand their skills and network through the internship segment of the programme.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme could position in a variety of fields:

  • Policy Makers
  • Researchers
  • Lobbyists or advocates
  • Consultants
  • NGOs or IGOs
  • Policy analysts


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.
  • Corporate Sustainability
    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.

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1. A completed academic Bachelor's degree
In order to get admission to this Master's, you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Spatial Planning, Human Geography, or another related discipline.

2. 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.

Language Requirements

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university.
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

All other students need one of the following certificates (All certificates may not be older than two years):

  • A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
  • An IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May

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.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less