Disclaimer: Please be aware that accreditation for this programme is currently pending.


A Unique International Learning Opportunity

The Master’s programme in Global Challenges for Sustainability offers a unique international learning opportunity. Students will have the chance to address the pressing need for sustainability in a transdisciplinary and challenge-based environment.

Our international programme employs innovative pedagogical approaches and mechanisms to engage staff and students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to facilitate, foster and enhance the links between education, research and innovation.

Actively participate in shaping the programme

Students will be part of the co-creation and innovation process. We expect students to actively participate in shaping and improving the programme for future editions. The delivery of the course will incorporate flexible, blended and hybrid formats.

An Inclusive Programme

One of our core values is inclusiveness. We strongly believe in the power of diversity. Learning and growing in a diverse environment leads to personal development and cultural enrichment. Being inclusive at its core, we are committed to providing the best learning experience and the appropriate structure and services that cater to students' access and participation needs.

An Innovative Assessment Method

A unique and holistic approach to assessment is an essential part of the student learning experience. The Master’s programme will use a programmatic assessment method. In this innovative approach various assessment activities are utilised, with a profound focus on meaningful feedback. Some examples of assessments the Master’s programme will include are tests, presentations, project work, research-based reports and teamwork.

These assessment activities optimise learning by conducting  continuous and active follow-up with the students. With the support of student mentors, academic professionals and extra academic actors, students will be provided with a student assessment e-portfolio system to store feedback, observations and results of assignments. This e-portfolio creates an extraordinary opportunity for graduates to share some of their progress over the course with future employers.


The Master’s programme in Global Challenges for Sustainability is offered by a European University alliance, co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme. The degree is accredited and jointly awarded by the five CHARM-EU partner universities*:

  • Utrecht University
  • University of Barcelona
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Eötvös Loránd University
  • University of Montpellier.

*Pending accreditation

You can read more about CHARM-EU here.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Master’s programme students will be able to: 

  • Develop creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Research and evaluate complex societal challenges from different stakeholder and intercultural perspectives.
  • Assess and integrate different disciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge and research methodologies.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the identification and application of the latest technological tools to source, analyse, handle, use and communicate complex bodies of data ethically.
  • Acquire expertise and communicate effectively on complex issues.
  • Formulate an advanced understanding of transdisciplinarity and demonstrate expertise in the facilitative, communicative, reflexive and collaborative skills to support its practice.
  • Acquire advanced transversal competencies in problem solving, entrepreneurialism, innovation, digital skills, and a life-long learning disposition.


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:
  • Programme: Global Challenges for Sustainability
Language of instruction:
Part- or full-time status:
1,5 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EEA students: 15 April
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 15 April
Tuition fees:
Graduate school: