Sustainable Development

KU Leuven

24 months
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The Master in Sustainable Development at KU Leuven is a research driven educational programme, mindful of ethics, gender and diversity, that prepares the sustainability leaders of the future. The main 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. 


This 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. 


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

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This Master programme aims at attracting students from both natural and social sciences, willing to bridge both ecological and societal domains of the interdisciplinary sustainability problematic. 
  • We expect good candidates with a background in the following fields: geography, ecology, sustainability studies, bio-economy, spatial planning, development studies, environmental management, environmental sciences, biodiversity, conservation biology, landscape ecology, political ecology, human ecology, social ecology, etc. 
  • However, students with a more general background in social sciences (economics, political sciences, sociology, anthropology) and applied sciences (bio-engineering, architecture) are also invited to apply.

Tuition Fee


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