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Sustainable Development

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This Master’s programme educates graduates who want to contribute to an environmentally accountable society. The two-year programme focuses on the changes needed to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society. Students learn how such processes of change can be analysed and managed, locally and globally, in both the short and the long term.

International environment

More than 100 students from all over the world start this research oriented programme each year. In this international environment students acquire the specialised knowledge and professional attitudes and skills they need to become first class researchers in academic and professional organisations in the field of sustainable development. In addition students become familiar with practical strategies for intervention.

Multidisciplinary persepective

The programme is suitable for natural and social science undergraduates who want to study complex sustainable development issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students apply for one of four different tracks and specialise in a natural or social science profile, depending on their undergraduate education.

Track Focus Perspective
Energy and Materials The transition to sustainable use of energy and materials Natural sciences
Global Change and Ecosystems The sustainable use of land and water
Environmental Governance Governing the social changes required to achieve an environmentally accountable society Social Sciences
International Development Sustainable development issues and living conditions in the global south

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NVAO accredited programme

This Master’s programme has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
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Research programme Language: English Type of education: full-time
Start: September; February Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS) Degree: MSc
Statutory tuition fee: 1.906 euro (2014-2015) Scholarship: Yes
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Institutional tuition fee: 18.850 euro (2014-2015)
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Offered by: Graduate School of Geosciences; Faculty of Geosciences
This Master's programme is officially registered under the name Environmental Sciences (code 60810).