21 Master of Science Programs in Sustainable Development

Once students complete a bachelor’s degree, or similar undergraduate degree, they may have the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in their chosen field. The master’s degree gives students the opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge in a more focused manner than their undergraduate studies. A master’s degree in science, or MSc, can be of particular use… Read more

Once students complete a bachelor’s degree, or similar undergraduate degree, they may have the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in their chosen field. The master’s degree gives students the opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge in a more focused manner than their undergraduate studies. A master’s degree in science, or MSc, can be of particular use in the field of Sustainable Development.

What is an MSc in Sustainable Development? This program usually covers topics relating to environmental and natural resources, improving sustainability at local and global levels, environmental technology, natural resource usage, the relationships between systems, and how advanced methodologies can be used to identify and solve problems. In the end, graduates should be prepared to use modern research and methods to improve sustainable development.

As in other fields, an advanced degree, such as the MSc in Sustainable Development, is useful when graduates seek employment opportunities. The advanced degree gives graduates an edge when they compete for preferred jobs and often qualifies them for higher pay scales. The educational benefits of a master’s degree often come with the ability to conduct research, apply critical thinking skills, and develop questions that lead to clear answers.

The cost of attending a master’s program can vary a great deal from one school to another, especially as the schools are spread across country lines. In order to determine which program is best, prospective students should review their options thoroughly.

Graduates will have the tools they need to contribute to the emerging transition from fossil fuels to renewable and sustainable energy resources. They can expect to find jobs with government agencies, consulting firms, energy companies, and public and private organizations. They may apply for jobs such as plant engineer or project manager. Some graduates choose to continue their studies in order to become researchers with a direct influence on the development of sustainable resources.

In order to apply for admission to an MSc in Sustainable Development program, prospective students should review the program listing. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form. 

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EIT RawMaterials Academy SUMA
Espoo, Finland + 12 More

The SUMA Master programme aims to train tomorrow’s resource engineers in collaborative work in a global world, gathering together some of the best educational programmes in th ... Read more

The SUMA Master programme aims to train tomorrow’s resource engineers in collaborative work in a global world, gathering together some of the best educational programmes in the field of sustainable materials engineering in Europe. The goal is to ensure young scientists obtain a solid background in chemistry and physics, with competencies for designing and tailoring new material systems for specific functions, and with a specific view to the sustainability of processes and technologies in the field of material development. SUMA puts a particularly strong focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership and takes a holistic approach to the materials paradigm by exploring circular (eco) design, materials substitution, life cycle engineering and circular economy design, materials processing and recycling, manufacturing and innovation. Read less
MSc
September 2020
2 years
English
Campus
 
The University of Warwick, Warwick Manufacturing Group WMG
Coventry, United Kingdom + 1 More

Develop skills to design and evaluate the next generation of low environmental impact automotive products.

Develop skills to design and evaluate the next generation of low environmental impact automotive products. Read less
MSc
01 August 2020
Full-time
31 July 2018
English
Campus
 
KU Leuven: Faculty of Engineering Science
Leuven, Belgium

The Master in Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. The pr ... Read more

The Master in Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. The program aims to provide insight into the problems of human settlements as related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, formal and informal city-making. Read less
MSc
01 September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
01 March 2018
English
Campus
 
Linköping University
Linköping, Sweden + 4 More

Be part of the solution for a sustainable future! The future needs sustainable solutions to societal challenges. This program offers a holistic interdisciplinary approach to c ... Read more

Be part of the solution for a sustainable future! The future needs sustainable solutions to societal challenges. This program offers a holistic interdisciplinary approach to current societal problems, such as climate change, natural resource exploitation, increasing energy demand and inequality. Read less
MSc
September 2020
Full-time
4 semesters
15 January 2020
English
Campus
 
Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

The MSc in Sustainable Engineering Management For International Development is a highly applied course with taught elements and a substantial project deliverable. You will lea ... Read more

The MSc in Sustainable Engineering Management For International Development is a highly applied course with taught elements and a substantial project deliverable. You will learn to think rapidly and flexibly, acting decisively in the absence of complete information in order to improve the quality of life through engineering solutions. Read less
MSc
01 September 2020
Full-time
31 July 2019
English
Campus
 
University of Sussex Business School
Brighton, United Kingdom

This MSc will show you how to translate theories of social and technological innovation into effective development policies and practices. These skills are in high demand in i ... Read more

This MSc will show you how to translate theories of social and technological innovation into effective development policies and practices. These skills are in high demand in international development agencies, NGOs, national ministries and firms in developing countries. Read less
MSc
01 September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
01 August 2019
English
Campus
 
Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Ghent, Belgium

The program Master of Science in Materials Engineering: sustainable materials aims at the study of properties, production or extraction, processing, use and recycling of a who ... Read more

The program Master of Science in Materials Engineering: sustainable materials aims at the study of properties, production or extraction, processing, use and recycling of a whole range of materials. Read less
MSc
01 September 2020
Full-time
2 years
01 March 2019
English
Campus
 
University of Bradford
Bradford, United Kingdom + 1 More

This new programme is designed to develop leaders with a deep understanding of sustainable development ideas, institutions, policies and networks - and the necessary critical ... Read more

This new programme is designed to develop leaders with a deep understanding of sustainable development ideas, institutions, policies and networks - and the necessary critical thinking skills to inform policy and create long term impact. It is designed and delivered by a team with cutting-edge research and policy advisory track record, who are passionate about sustainable development. Read less
MSc
September 2020
Full-time
12 months
English
Campus
 
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom

Managing sustainability is one of the most challenging and rapidly growing areas in both the public and private sectors. With increasing recognition of the impact of a world l ... Read more

Managing sustainability is one of the most challenging and rapidly growing areas in both the public and private sectors. With increasing recognition of the impact of a world living beyond its means, the commitment to sustainable development to meet the needs of present generations without jeopardising those of the future has never been more apparent. Read less
MSc
18 September 2020
Full-time
18 August 2017
English
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands + 1 More

This two-year Master’s program is aimed at students who want to contribute to the design of the solutions needed to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society ... Read more

This two-year Master’s program 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 program, 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. Read less
MSc
01 September 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU
As, Norway

Do you want to work with one of the most pressing environmental problems worldwide – water and sanitation? Do you want to find sustainable solutions that give lower climate fo ... Read more

Do you want to work with one of the most pressing environmental problems worldwide – water and sanitation? Do you want to find sustainable solutions that give lower climate footprint, increased food security and climate resilience? If you answered yes, this program might be for you. Read less
MSc
August 2020
Full-time
2 years
01 December 2019
English
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden + 2 More

This Master's programme combines the areas of economic growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship, meeting a need in analytical and planning work for the ability to merge knowle ... Read more

This Master's programme combines the areas of economic growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship, meeting a need in analytical and planning work for the ability to merge knowledge about economic modelling and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship with empirical evidence of economic change across time and space. Read less
MSc
01 September 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
IHS, Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Netherlands

This specialisation track focuses on how land and natural resources are accessed, managed and how these aspects contribute to, or hinder, the development of equitable and sust ... Read more

This specialisation track focuses on how land and natural resources are accessed, managed and how these aspects contribute to, or hinder, the development of equitable and sustainable cities. It tackles the importance of land governance in supporting sustainable and resilient urban development in social, economic and environmental terms. Key topics include settlement informality, displacement and gentrification. Read less
MSc
October 2020
Full-time
12 months
01 July 2020
English
Campus
 
Leuphana University of Luneburg
Lüneburg, Germany + 6 More

Sustainable development is considered one of the key societal challenges of the 21st century worldwide - this is largely undisputed. At the same time, it is still unclear in w ... Read more

Sustainable development is considered one of the key societal challenges of the 21st century worldwide - this is largely undisputed. At the same time, it is still unclear in which direction, under which social and ecological conditions and with which strategies sustainable development paths can and should be taken. Read less
MSc
October 2020
Full-time
4 semesters
01 June 2020
English
Campus
 
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MSc in Sustainable Development is aimed at students with a background in biology, economics, environmental sciences, geography, mathematics, politics or sociology who are ... Read more

The MSc in Sustainable Development is aimed at students with a background in biology, economics, environmental sciences, geography, mathematics, politics or sociology who are interested in making a change to society, the environment and the economy. Read less
MSc
September 2020
Full-time
15 April 2020
English
Campus