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31 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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Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands +1 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 sust ... +

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. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
15 Apr 2021
Campus
 
New College of the Humanities
London, United Kingdom

MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development responds directly to processes afoot of power shifts and power diffusion in international relations (IR). These processes ar ... +

MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development responds directly to processes afoot of power shifts and power diffusion in international relations (IR). These processes are fundamentally changing the organisational structure of IR. This programme responds to questions of agency, action and accountability of governance networks by deploying systems-based approaches. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
20 Sep 2021
Campus
 
AUC The American University in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt

Gain multidisciplinary knowledge of green innovation, and learn the key aspects and dimensions of sustainable development. AUC’s sustainable development graduate program is ra ... +

Gain multidisciplinary knowledge of green innovation, and learn the key aspects and dimensions of sustainable development. AUC’s sustainable development graduate program is ranked #1 in the 2019 Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking in Africa, offering a comprehensive and in-depth study of sustainability, covering the three dimensions of economy, environment, and society. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 

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University of Groningen - Campus Fryslan
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Ever considered a career in sustainability and management? This Master's programme will teach you everything you need to know about Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The global ec ... +

Ever considered a career in sustainability and management? This Master's programme will teach you everything you need to know about Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The global economy is undergoing a transformation towards a sustainable society in which the interests of people, planet, and profits together are the driving force, rather than neoclassical industrial economic systems. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
01 May 2021
Campus
 
University of Oulu
Oulu, Finland

As a student, you will have access to a multidisciplinary curriculum which integrates studies in science and technology; world class facilities for practical laboratory work; ... +

As a student, you will have access to a multidisciplinary curriculum which integrates studies in science and technology; world class facilities for practical laboratory work; close collaboration with the chemical industry and different research units. The teaching and research in the degree program promotes the environmental society of tomorrow. The program is focused on the chemistry of sustainable processes and materials. The studies offer a wide range of education opportunities in science and technology and an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with modern experimental techniques. The degree programme contains advanced studies in different fields of chemistry: analytical, applied, inorganic, physical and/or organic chemistry. The programme also contains compulsory laboratory work and optional studies offered by other degree programmes in the Faculty of Technology. For instance, a student can include studies in the field of engineering – process engineering is a typical choice among many others – to further build their interdisciplinary study path. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Sussex Business School
Brighton, United Kingdom

You’ll learn how to translate socio-ecological theories and technological innovation into effective policies and practices for sustainable development. These skills are in dem ... +

You’ll learn how to translate socio-ecological theories and technological innovation into effective policies and practices for sustainable development. These skills are in demand in international development agencies, NGOs, government ministries and firms in the Global South and North. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
01 Aug 2021
Campus
Online
 
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 ... +

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. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Sussex Online
London, United Kingdom

Ranked first in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019), the University of Sussex is recognised as one of the world's leading universi ... +

Ranked first in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019), the University of Sussex is recognised as one of the world's leading universities for research into sustainability and innovation. Bringing together expertise from three of the universities most proficient research units, the Science Policy Research Unit, School of Global Studies and Institute of Development Studies, this distinctive course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sustainability. -
MSc
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
Online
 
University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

Master’s of Globalisation and Development approaches development as the outcome of intensifying global-to local- to-global interactions. It introduces a multi-disciplinary per ... +

Master’s of Globalisation and Development approaches development as the outcome of intensifying global-to local- to-global interactions. It introduces a multi-disciplinary perspective to analyse opportunities and threats to poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability associated with these interactions in low and middle income countries at both the national and local levels. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Particularly in terms of sustainability, the multi-dimensional nature of smart-city initiatives can be understood only through an interdisciplinary approach. This new MSc in S ... +

Particularly in terms of sustainability, the multi-dimensional nature of smart-city initiatives can be understood only through an interdisciplinary approach. This new MSc in Smart and Sustainable Cities approaches the study of smart and sustainable urbanism by drawing from the research-based expertise of leading scholars from Trinity’s Energy, Environment and Emerging Technologies Institute (E3). -
MSc
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2021
31 Jul 2021
Campus
 
School of Architecture - Syracuse University
Syracuse, USA

The MS.RED is a post-professional degree program focusing on resilient real estate development that leads to a Master of Science (MS) in Architecture. The program addresses th ... +

The MS.RED is a post-professional degree program focusing on resilient real estate development that leads to a Master of Science (MS) in Architecture. The program addresses the nuts-and-bolts of real estate development, from construction systems and business models to community and environmental stewardship. -
MSc
Full-time
3 semesters
English
Campus
 
Stockholm University
Östermalm, Sweden

Our Master of Science in Socio-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development will introduce you to the complexity of interactions between humans and nature. You will learn ... +

Our Master of Science in Socio-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development will introduce you to the complexity of interactions between humans and nature. You will learn how to use resilience thinking as an approach to managing socio-ecological systems and to help you solve real-world problems. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
30 Aug 2021
Campus
 
EIT RawMaterials Academy - SUMA
Espoo, Finland +5 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 ... +

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. -
MSc
2 years
English
Campus
 
Linköping University
Linköping, Sweden

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 ... +

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. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Leuphana University Luneburg
Lüneburg, Germany

Sustainable de­ve­lop­ment is one of the ma­jor glo­bal chal­len­ges fa­c­ing the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry - this much is bey­ond dis­pu­te. Yet, it still re­mains un­cle­ar in ... +

Sustainable de­ve­lop­ment is one of the ma­jor glo­bal chal­len­ges fa­c­ing the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry - this much is bey­ond dis­pu­te. Yet, it still re­mains un­cle­ar in which di­rec­tion, wi­t­hin which so­ci­al and eco­lo­gi­cal frame­work, and by me­ans of which stra­te­gy sustainable de­ve­lop­ment can move for­ward. The­se ques­ti­ons form the star­ting point of our in­ter­na­tio­nal, in­ter- and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch-ori­en­ted, and sustaina­bi­li­ty-pro­blem-fo­cu­sed Mas­ter's Pro­gram­me in Sustainability Science. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
01 Oct 2021
01 Jun 2021
Campus
 

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