One multidisciplinary programme

The Sustainable Development Master’s programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach, combining natural and social sciences. You will work in research teams with students from all four tracks. We believe that the only way to fully understand a problem is to confront it. Our students are not afraid to ask difficult questions and are also able to approach crucial issues from a variety of standpoints.

An international environment

We welcome more than 100 students from all over the world onto this research-focused programme each year. This international environment will help you acquire the specialised knowledge, professional attitude, and skills needed to become a first-class researcher in academic and professional organisations working in sustainable development. Students also go to countries all over the world to do fieldwork for their Master’s Thesis.

Individualised support

As part of this programme, you will be joining a small and diverse cohort. This means that you will receive individualised support in order to help you to develop your talents to the fullest. You will study in a challenging environment, helping you to develop a well-informed opinion of environmental issues while considering differing perspectives. 

At the heart of scientific practice

Our extensive international network will make a wide range of research projects available to you. This network will also take you right into the heart of scientific practice. Our teaching is informed by current research in the field and our students are also closely involved in research activities within the School. As published in Times Higher Education in 2016, Utrecht University is one of the top-10 universities that provided the most-cited articles in the field of climate change and ecosystems for the period from 2011 to 2015.

Excellent exchange options: Joint International Master

Utrecht University is a partner of the Joint International Master in Sustainable Development. This is an academic collaboration with six international partner universities. As part of this collaboration, you will be able to take courses at a partner university over one or two semesters. These excellent contacts and exchange opportunities will offer you the chance to broaden your horizons.