Contribute to sustainable solutions

This two-year Master’s programme is aimed at students who want to contribute to the development of sustainable environmental solutions. It also focuses on the changes needed to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society. On this programme, you will learn how to analyse the processes associated with this change and will also consider the short- and long-term management of these processes on a local and global level.

Multidisciplinary perspective

This programme is suitable for individuals with Bachelor’s degrees in the natural and social sciences who want to study complex sustainable development issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. You can apply for one of four different tracks and can adopt either a natural or social sciences focus depending on your previous education.


Energy and materials
Global Change and Ecosystems
Environmental Governance
International Development

Sustainability research

Our programme is closely affiliated with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, which is part of Utrecht University. The institute conducts research into a wide range of issues related to sustainable development. The source-impact chain linking economic activities, ecological values, and innovation serves as the point of departure for much of the research. Our research and teaching staff are also active members of international networks and are at the very forefront of their field.

Programme objective

This two-year Master’s programme educates the scientists of the future. These scientists will be able to use their research and skills to help build a sustainable society. As a graduate of this programme, you will contribute to innovative environmental solutions and may undertake academic research or pursue a professional career.


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Environmental Sciences
  • Programme: Sustainable Development
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Start of studies:
  • February
  • September
Tuition fees:
  • Statutory fee - fulltime: € 1,906 (2014-2015) € 1.951 (2015-2016)
  • Institutional fee: € 18,850 (2014-2015) € 19.080 (2015-2016)
Graduate school:
  • "The multidisciplinary approach makes for an interesting mix of fellow students"
  • "After finishing my Master's degree I started working at a consultancy company"