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38 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

This master track focuses on how land and natural resources are approached, handled and how these elements contribute to, or slow down, the development of equitable and sustai ... +

This master track focuses on how land and natural resources are approached, handled and how these elements contribute to, or slow down, the development of equitable and sustainable cities. It engages with the influence of land governance on supporting sustainable and resilient urban development in social, economic and environmental aspects. Key topics include settlement informality, displacement and gentrification. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Modul University Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Our Master of Science in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy challenges you to consider a wide spectrum of sustainability issues and their often complex interrelati ... +

Our Master of Science in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy challenges you to consider a wide spectrum of sustainability issues and their often complex interrelationships. The program provides training for a new generation of professionals who will confidently respond to future global sustainability challenges. With a case study-focused approach, students will learn how to link research to real-world phenomena. You will learn to analyze and assess sustainability-related case studies and to suggest solutions for pressing societal problems like climate change. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
23 Sep 2022
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 2022
Campus
 

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University of Sussex Online
London, United Kingdom

Ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016-2022), the University of Sussex is recognised as one of the world's leading unive ... +

Ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016-2022), 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
 
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester, USA

A sustainable engineering degree that allows you to reduce a product’s environmental effects at every stage of its lifecycle–from conception, development, and prototyping to c ... +

A sustainable engineering degree that allows you to reduce a product’s environmental effects at every stage of its lifecycle–from conception, development, and prototyping to commercialization, recycling, and disposal. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Oxford Brookes University
Headington, United Kingdom

Our MSc Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development offer a new approach to studying infrastructure planning and delivery. It is designed to make the step change neede ... +

Our MSc Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development offer a new approach to studying infrastructure planning and delivery. It is designed to make the step change needed to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
English
Campus
Online
 
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
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 2023
18 Jan 2023
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Innovation is fundamental in the process of economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. You will be provided with the theory, concepts and methods to analyse ... +

Innovation is fundamental in the process of economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. You will be provided with the theory, concepts and methods to analyse and better understand the role of innovation in economic, social and sustainable development from a historical perspective. The unique focus on spatial dynamics/economic geography and economic history enables you to gain insights on how the areas of development and innovation interplay, evolve and shape the economy in different regions and periods of time. You will then be better equipped to understand and analyse the grand challenges such as climate change, food security and poverty alleviation. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
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 2022
01 Aug 2022
Campus
Online
 
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
12 Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

The Master of Globalisation and Development approaches the phenomenon of globalisation from an eclectic perspective, considering both the opportunities it creates and threats ... +

The Master of Globalisation and Development approaches the phenomenon of globalisation from an eclectic perspective, considering both the opportunities it creates and threats it poses to development and poverty alleviation in low and middle-income countries, at both the national and local levels. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Umeå University - Faculty of Science and Technology
Umeå, Sweden

The Master's Program in Environmental science is a natural science program that aims to develop your competence in working with environmental issues. You will study environmen ... +

The Master's Program in Environmental science is a natural science program that aims to develop your competence in working with environmental issues. You will study environmental issues from a scientific perspective – analyzing causes, relationships, and possible solutions to environmental problems. Sustainable development is a core theme in the program, which will help you prepare for your future career, whether you aim to work at a government agency or in the private sector. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
Campus
 
Leuphana University Luneburg
Lüneburg, Germany

Sustainable de­ve­lop­ment is undisputedly one of the ma­jor glo­bal chal­len­ges fa­c­ing the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry. Yet, it still re­mains un­cle­ar in which di­rec­tion, ... +

Sustainable de­ve­lop­ment is undisputedly one of the ma­jor glo­bal chal­len­ges fa­c­ing the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry. 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
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

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 ... +

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. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
01 Jun 2022
Campus