Non-EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 May 2018
EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 June 2018
Are you passionate about sustainable development? Would you like to ensure that the resources that we now have will still be available for future generations? And can you see yourself developing strategies to steer governments and companies towards sustainable behaviour? Then the masters programme Sustainable Science and Policy is the perfect programme for you! This interdisciplinary programme focusses on different factors that affect sustainability, such as global dynamics, policy, governance and law. You'll also learn how to design, conduct and evaluate sustainability assessments. Upon graduation, you'll have all the training you need to pursue a career as a policy maker, sustainability coordinator, strategic policy analyst or a sustainability consultant, but careers in academia will also be open to you.
The world needs professionals who are able to recognise, analyse and respond to sustainability challenges. Who can design, conduct and evaluate sustainability assessments in collaboration with stakeholders and operate at the interface of science, policy and society. In the Sustainability, Science and Policy programme, you'll learn to do just that.
The courses approach sustainability from a number of different angles, such as global dynamics, governance and law. The students and staff youll encounter will also have diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. This means you will learn to bridge both disciplinary and cultural boundaries, a skill that will be a great asset later on in your career.
During the programme, youll get to work on an actual case for a real-life client. This will provide you with first-hand experience in handling sustainability challenges. Upon graduation, youll also be completely up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. The client you'll meet during the programme may also become a valuable connection later on when you're looking for a job.
From day 1, youll be challenged with differing viewpoints as the Master's in SSP attracts students from different nationalities and disciplines, the resulting international, multidisciplinary learning environment. This enriches the discussions between students and staff and fosters social learning. Your preconceptions and worldview will be enhanced by this interaction, bringing you closer to the programmes goal of teaching students not only facts and concepts but also international accessibility and understanding. A large part of the students in this masters programme come from outside the Netherlands. Such diversity creates an international atmosphere that is strengthened by the international orientation of the programme.
As a Sustainability, Science and Policy student, you'll learn to cope with sustainability challenges from an integrated perspective to support policy making. Upon graduation, you'll be a well-qualified, interdisciplinary professional in the field of sustainable development. The skills youll develop during this master's programme will make you capable of contributing to the pursuit of sustainable development in a constructive and critical way.
Sustainable Science and Policy graduates can look forward to a diverse and challenging career with plenty of job opportunities. In a recent study conducted by Maastricht University, different stakeholders active in sustainability policy making, such as the business community, non-governmental organisations, international scientific organisations and other institutions for higher education, indicated that they have a need for graduates in this field.
The MSc SSP programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and competences that will enable you to find a position in governmental, non-governmental, or commercial organisations. You could pursue a career as a:
The Sustainable Science and Policy programme provides a good preparation for students who want to apply for the Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science's interdisciplinary PhD programme in Sustainability Science, Policy and Practice at Maastricht University. Some graduates might consider a scientific career at a research institute or university, through a PhD-traject. Obtaining the master degree does not guarantee a place in the PhD program.
The admission requirements for the masters Sustainability Science and Policy depends on your prior qualifications. Your motivation plays an important role in the admission decision. Other considerations are your prior education, grade point average, and basic research skills and general insight in the field of sustainable development.
Preferred university bachelors programmes are: biology, ecology, agricultural sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences, health sciences, geography, planning, sociology, modern history, law, political sciences, development studies, public administration, economics, (international) business, organization and management, environmental sciences, science and technology, communication, psychology, behavioural studies, anthropology, cultural studies, philosophy and liberal arts.
You are eligible for assessment if you have obtained at least 15 ECTS in relevant courses and, at least 15 ECTS on scientific methods.
Relevant courses are: sustainable development, sustainability science, development studies, environmental science, globalization, international relations, international law, political sciences, corporate social responsibility, public policy or governance.
You may still be eligible for admission if you have a degree other than those listed above or if you miss the credits in the relevant courses. A bridging programme may be proposed to compensate for deficiencies in your previous education.
In addition, all applicants should meet the general requirements: