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 analyze the processes associated with change and will consider the short and long-term management of these processes on local and global levels.

Multidisciplinary perspective

This program is suitable for candidates who want to study and solve societal sustainability issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program is of particular interest to students who are willing to broaden their perspectives through collaboration and interaction with students who bring to the programming knowledge of other natural and social science disciplines.

Specialize in one of four tracks

Following admission to this Master's program, you can choose one of four specialization tracks based on your interests in the field. As well as working on your chosen track, you will work in research teams with fellow students from the other tracks. Tracks:

  • Energy and Materials

The transition to the sustainable use of energy and materials

  • Environmental Change and Ecosystems

The suitable use of land and water

  • Earth System Governance

Governing the social changes needed for an environmentally accountable society

  • International Development

Sustainable development and living in the Global South

Sustainable development research

Our program is closely affiliated with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, which is part of Utrecht University. The institute conducts research on a wide range of issues related to sustainable development. The cause and effect chains linking economic activities, ecological values and innovation serve as the point of departure for much of the research. Our research and teaching staff are active members of international networks and are at the forefront of their field.

Program Objective

Sustainable Development is the study of scientific solutions and societal interventions for an environmentally accountable society. This two-year Master’s program educates the scientists of the future. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to contribute to innovative environmental solutions and help build a sustainable society.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 30, 2018
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2 years
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 18,690, 2019-20: € 19,900
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