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Governance of Sustainability





2 year


The Hague

Taught in The Hague

The Governance of Sustainability master's programme educates students how to integrate a governance perspective (social sciences) and natural science perspectives in order to develop and improve the quality of governance solutions to complex environmental sustainability challenges. Students become change agents on sustainability - someone who can apply and communicate natural science insights, while also understanding the governance context. Governance of Sustainability is unique in its equal combination of natural science and social science and its focus on transdisciplinary skills.


The programme prepares you for positions at (semi-) governmental institutions or the private sector on sustainability issues, and to take leading broker-roles connecting different actors.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university programme and comparable with three years of Dutch academic education can be admitted to the programme. The bachelor's must include one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 EC of mathematics, programming and/or statistics.

English proficiency

IELTS: minimum 6.5 (minimum 6.0 per component)
TOEFL: internet-based 90 (minimum 20 per component)

Faculty of Science


year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
*** For application via CIRCLE programme, limited spots are available
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.