24 months
947 EUR/year
947 EUR/year
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This programme prepares the sustainability leaders of the future. The objective is to train you to become an agent of change that will imagine, trigger and build the sustainability transition of the twenty-first century. The distinctive strength of this programme is its interdisciplinary character that bridges societal, ecological and sustainability challenges.

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This Master in Sustainable Development at KU Leuven trains future sustainability leaders and acquaints them with the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and methodologies to address and solve the intertwined socio-ecological challenges that currently hinder the construction of more sustainable paths of development.

This master's programme embraces sustainable development beyond the walls of universities and classrooms to engage with real-world localities in their search for solutions to pressing problems. You will carry out state-of-the-art scientific research in the functioning of geo and ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales.

The Master in Sustainable Development contains two different tracks: the Erasmus Mundus joint Master in Sustainable Territorial Development and the ICP Master of Science in Sustainable Development. 


  • A unique benefit of the interuniversity nature of the programmes is that both European and non-European students alike can study together and gain multicultural experiences and an international, academic perspective.
  • The master will be assessed and conducted in a real-world setting, in tune with the most contemporary international agenda and the most engaging sustainability debates.
  • During the master you will participate in the Sustainable Development Living Lab Project. This award-winning course offers a unique research immersion in the Global South.

Job opportunities for graduates can be found in organisations with responsibility for the creation of sustainable territories such as communities, enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations, central government, and many international organizations.

The extensive experience, international collaboration and multidisciplinary insights gained from these programmes will open up new perspectives on sustainability while introducing you to a variety of policy tools and management strategies in divergent territorial contexts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Sustainable Development Challenge
  • Academic Leveling: Space, Society and Ecology
  • Geography of Development
  • Global Change, Ecosystems and Sustainability
  • Current Topics in Conservation Biology
  • Fieldwork in the Global South
  • Sustainable Development Living Lab and Project
  • Individual Portfolio in Sustainable Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Most recent information on the programme website: kuleuven.be/ma/MSDL

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 947 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 947 EUR per year during 24 months.

Most recent information on www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Sustainable Development
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