Master of Sustainable Development 24 months Postgraduate Program By KU Leuven |Top Universities
Program Duration

24 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

7,518 EURTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Main Subject Area

Sustainable DevelopmentMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Sustainable Development

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Sustainable Development

The Master of Sustainable Development prepares the sustainability leaders of the future. Students are trained to become agents of change who will imagine, trigger and effectuate a sustainable future. 

About the programme

The master’s programme is research driven and mindful of ethics, gender and diversity. It offers a transversal core programme on sustainable development and two tracks of specialisation: a Space & Society track and an Ecology track. The distinctive strength of this master’s programme is an interdisciplinary character that bridges societal and ecological sustainability challenges while engaging with real-world settings, localities and communities.

The common core involves the building up and integration of fundamental expertise in sustainable development, including theory, methodology and practical applications in both ecology and social science. It comprises academic levelling training, courses covering different sustainability aspects, the formulation of an individual research portfolio, as well as a field trip in the Global South, an internship and a thesis.

  • The Space & Society track focuses on the societal component of sustainability transition, including social, economic, political and cultural dimensions.
  • The Ecology track focuses on both the conser vation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of biodiversity at all organisational levels (species, genes and ecosystems). Integration between both tracks will mainly be done through sustainable development practice at the local community level.
A major methodological innovation introduced by this programme is the Sustainable Development Living Lab, a mobile platform through which the ICP community applies sustainability knowledge to problems of the Global South. The Living Lab is designed as a space of dialogue and co-learning between different agents and institutions involved in the creation, implementation, governance and assessment of sustainable development. The lab connects students, staff from the KU Leuven and Global South partner institutions from Africa, Asia and Latin America, but also practitioners and policy-makers, NGOs, representatives of the private sector, among others.

Career perspectives

Career perspectives for alumni can be found in all sectors where sustainable development actions are being implemented at the local, national and international level. These include NGOs, civil society organisation, private enterprises, government administrations, multi ¬lateral organisations, universities and research centres.

Program overview

Main Subject

Sustainable Development

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Sustainable Development

The Master of Sustainable Development prepares the sustainability leaders of the future. Students are trained to become agents of change who will imagine, trigger and effectuate a sustainable future. 

About the programme

The master’s programme is research driven and mindful of ethics, gender and diversity. It offers a transversal core programme on sustainable development and two tracks of specialisation: a Space & Society track and an Ecology track. The distinctive strength of this master’s programme is an interdisciplinary character that bridges societal and ecological sustainability challenges while engaging with real-world settings, localities and communities.

The common core involves the building up and integration of fundamental expertise in sustainable development, including theory, methodology and practical applications in both ecology and social science. It comprises academic levelling training, courses covering different sustainability aspects, the formulation of an individual research portfolio, as well as a field trip in the Global South, an internship and a thesis.

  • The Space & Society track focuses on the societal component of sustainability transition, including social, economic, political and cultural dimensions.
  • The Ecology track focuses on both the conser vation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of biodiversity at all organisational levels (species, genes and ecosystems). Integration between both tracks will mainly be done through sustainable development practice at the local community level.
A major methodological innovation introduced by this programme is the Sustainable Development Living Lab, a mobile platform through which the ICP community applies sustainability knowledge to problems of the Global South. The Living Lab is designed as a space of dialogue and co-learning between different agents and institutions involved in the creation, implementation, governance and assessment of sustainable development. The lab connects students, staff from the KU Leuven and Global South partner institutions from Africa, Asia and Latin America, but also practitioners and policy-makers, NGOs, representatives of the private sector, among others.

Career perspectives

Career perspectives for alumni can be found in all sectors where sustainable development actions are being implemented at the local, national and international level. These include NGOs, civil society organisation, private enterprises, government administrations, multi ¬lateral organisations, universities and research centres.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate

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Admission requirements

You should have a broad interest in a comprehensive approach to sustainable development. We expect good candidates with a background in the following fields: geography, ecology, sustainability studies, bio-economy, spatial planning, development studies, environmental management, environmental sciences, biodiversity, conservation biology, landscape ecology, political ecology, human ecology, social ecology, etc. However, students with a more general background in social sciences (economics, political sciences, sociology, anthropology) and applied sciences (bio-engineering, architecture) are also invited to apply.

  • For admission in the Space & Society track, you should hold basic knowledge in human and social sciences (social and physical geography, economics, sociology ...)
  • For admission in the Ecology track basic knowledge in ecology, biology and biodiversity is needed. Be sure to mention the track of your choice in your motivation letter.
For the most recent – and only official – information on the admission requirements, please check our webpage.

Student profile

If you have a broad interest in a comprehensive approach to sustainable development, the Master of Sustainable Development may be the programme for you.

2 Years
Sep

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

1,116 EUR
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International Students

7,518 EUR
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