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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
EUR 2083 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 16165 per year

All study options

About Environment and Society Studies at Radboud University

Learning how contemporary society deals with its physical environment and how you can help enhance sustainability in the economy, society and politics.

How can we work towards a sustainable future? There are plenty of new sustainable technologies, smart governmental instruments and new ideas on organising the market to become more sustainable, but we don’t use them very often. Why is that? What can we learn from cases in which societal change in other countries has been successful?

This programme focuses on the way society deals with its physical environment. We’ll look at the experiences that countries from all around the globe have had, and we will examine both the best and the worst practices. We’ll examine the role played by markets and governments as well as society itself. You’ll become part of the quest for sustainability. How can we make our economies more environmentally-friendly and how can we change our daily behaviour? By using insights from other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, political science and administration, you’ll get a complete overview of the field.

Master's specialisations

You can choose a specialisation that best reflects your passion for the environment, sustainability and governance. Radboud University offers the following five specialisations in this field:

Global Environment and Sustainability

In this specialisation, you'll study the way complex global sustainability issues are addressed by international governance arrangements, rules and organisations, both public and private. Among the pressing issues are those related to climate change, biodiversity, water quality, the quality of ecosystems and natural resource suppliers.

Corporate Sustainability

The private sector plays a crucial role in shaping our sustainable society. In this specialisation you'll study innovative environmental partnerships, specifically focusing on the role of the societal and ethical responsibility of business and the market with regards to the environment.

Local Environmental Change and Sustainable Cities

In this specialisation you'll focus on the local level of sustainable transformations, in particular the development of sustainable cities and regions. You'll analyse and reflect on sustainable futures, measures and instruments with regard to waste, energy, water, transport and climate-proofing cities and regions.

European Spatial and Environmental Planning

This specialisation will teach you to become a spatial planner who can engage with EU policies, cooperate with planners across borders and coordinate with other sectors such as environment and economic development.

Find out more about why you should study the Master’s programme in Environment and Society Studies at Radboud University.

We also invite you to chat with our current student. They are happy to share their experience and answer all the questions you might have about studying and living in Nijmegen. 

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2083 per yearInternational course feesEUR 16165 per year

Entry requirements

In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Spatial Planning or Human Geography and a background in research methodology.

Additionally, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university.
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

All other students need one of the following certificates (All certificates may not be older than two years):

  • A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
  • A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

If you fulfil the requirements above, you will be directly admitted to the Master’s programme.

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