From our public role as a university, we have a big social responsibility. This is why we want to contribute to the development of a sustainable society in an open and positive way.

Every student at Utrecht University will be exposed to the theme of sustainability, no matter which degree programme you have enrolled in. We educate this new generation into stubborn and involved leaders, and boosters of the sustainable transition to a green world. We do this by integrating sustainability and awareness of sustainability into our education. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a connecting thread through all of this. Besides this, you can enrol into various inspiring and specialising subjects, minors and degree programmes in the field of sustainability.

What does Utrecht University mean with 'sustainability'?

You too can help in this transition to a green world. In most Master's programmes, you will come across the term 'sustainability'. For instance, many courses do have intersections and issues around sustainability. One example of this is that within sustainability education, you will study at least one of the following themes:

  • Climate Change
  • Biodiversity
  • Risk Containment for Disasters
  • Water
  • Cultural Diversity/Inclusion
  • Sustainable Urbanisation
  • Sustainable Lifestyles

Utrecht2040 – Gaming Towards a Sustainable Future

Wil je meer leren over de belangrijkste aspecten van duurzaamheid? Doe de serious game Utrecht2040. De Utrecht2040 app is beschikbaar in de Appstore en Google Play Store.

De Utrecht2040 game

Join TIC

People pushing the globe from sustainable towards unsustainable

The Thematic Interdisciplinary Challenge (TIC) is a 7.5 ECTs elective course for year-3 Bachelor students, Master students and lifelong learners from different disciplines. The course promotes interdisciplinary and cross-level collaboration while solving real-world challenges related to Utrecht University’s four strategic themes, including Pathways to Sustainability.

Do you want to be at the frontline of sustainability transitions?

Students and professionals from different backgrounds and disciplines will work together with leading investment firm Baillie Gifford and the Deep Transitions team to develop climate scenarios that could be incorporated into current investment frameworks. They will focus on a variety of sectors, such as healthcare, food and agriculture, mobility and energy, and conduct global-level risk mapping alongside in-depth research into particular focal geographies.

Find out more about TIC