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The Joint Master’s Programme comprises 120 ECTS credits corresponding to a period of study of at least four semesters or two years. 60 credits have to be earned at your entrance university. You are required to complete at least 30 credits at one of the partner universities (except TERI and Stellenbosch).

The mobility semester can be spent at any of the degree awarding partners as well as at Basel University and Hiroshima University. You may also spend an additional study period at Stellenbosch University and Teri University (additional fees may be charged).

You have to spend the specialization track in the 2nd semester at a partner university.

If you choose Hiroshima University as your entrance university, please check out the special regulations HERE

Programme Highlights

The programme consists of two general modules (1st and 3rd semester) which follow the same structure at all consortium universities, and of specialisation tracks (2nd semester) which specialize in a particular area of sustainable development.

In the general part the challenges of sustainable development are examined and discussed from various vantage points. You will become familiar with both the natural sciences and the social sciences approach to sustainability. You will form research teams and work on the confrontation and integration of knowledge and insights.

Each specialisation track pays attention to the theoretical background, appropriate research methodology, and intervention methods of a specialised field within the framework of sustainable development. You can deepen that basis by attending further optional courses from the curriculum. For your optional courses you may choose additional courses from your own specialisation track or courses that are part of other tracks. Please note that your choice of optional courses may be restricted. This will be clearly stated in the 'letter of admission' which is based on your academic background (BA) in social or natural sciences. Some specialised courses cannot be attended without previous academic knowledge in that particular subject area.

The programme culminates in a master’s thesis. A research traineeship may be part of the final thesis project. After the thesis has been completed, you will present and defend your research results to faculty, staff, and students.

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