This Master’s programme is a two year programme yielding 120 credits. Each year (60 credits) of the programme consists of four ten-week periods. A credit is a student workload-based unit, set at a European level and representing a 28-hour student workload.
The programme comprises both a compulsory and an elective elements and allows you to choose from four different tracks in which to broaden your knowledge of, for example, theoretical, research and intervention methods:
- Energy and Resources (E&R), where the focus is on sustainable use of energy and materials, and the approach is based on natural sciences.
- Global Change and Ecosystems (GCE), where the focus is on sustainable use of land and water, and the approach is based on natural sciences.
- Environmental Governance (EG), where the focus is on steering the social changes required to achieve an environmentally accountable society, and the perspective is rooted in social sciences.
- International Development (ID), where the focus is on sustainability issues and living conditions in the global south, and the approach is based on social sciences.
The first year consists of:
- Two compulsory modules for all Sustainable Development students
- The discipline-specific modules that are compulsory in your chosen track.
The second year consists of at least:
- The compulsory ‘Transdisciplinary Case Study’ module
- A research project and Master’s thesis
- An optional module.
You can earn an extra 15 credits by choosing one of the following options:
- Extension of your thesis
- Publication of your research
- Extra electives adding up to 15 credits.
Final research assignment and internship
The final research project is an important part of the Master’s programme and culminates in a Master’s thesis, on which you will also have to give two oral presentations.
This element of the programme will account for 30 or 45 credits: i.e. at least half of your second Master’s year.