Environment and Society Studies

This Master's programme discusses the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. We’ll study societal transformations towards sustainable futures. We question and critique current practices and governance to obtain structural change. A selection of our most prominent topics is: environmental justice, biodiversity, non-human animals, circular economy, energy and water. Within the Master's Environment and Society Studies, you have a choice between four Master's specialisations.

  • Corporate Sustainability

    In this Master's programme we rethink economic processes to enhance the environmental responsibility of businesses and develop new business models in light of a sustainable future. How can we make the economy work within the boundaries of our planet?

  • European Spatial and Environmental Planning (ESS)

    This specialisation will teach you to become an environmental expert who can engage with EU policies, cooperate with policymakers across borders and coordinate with other sectors such as spatial planning and economic development.

  • Global Environment and Sustainability

    This programme deals with the global level of sustainability transformations and policies intended to make major strides towards a sustainable future. We focus on, for example, agreements on climate change, biodiversity, and nature-conservation.

  • Local Environmental Change and Sustainable Cities

    How to deal with issues regarding the energy transition, water, mobility, circularity and nature conservation in a city or region? This specialisation focuses on the local level of sustainability transformations and the integration of policies.

Pre-Master's

When your education background does not grant you direct admission to the Master's programme in Environment and Society Studies, you can, in some cases, enrol in a pre-Master's programme. A pre-Master’s programme is (usually) a one-year programme (60 EC’s) especially designed to bridge the gap between your prior education and our Master’s in Environment and Society Studies. Finishing one of these programmes grants direct access to the Master’s programme.

  • Pre-Master's Environment and Society Studies

    In some cases, when your education background does not grant you direct admission to the Master's programme in Environment and Society Studies, you can enrol in a pre-Master's programme.