M.Sc. On Campus

Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability

24 months
1016 EUR/year
1016 EUR/year
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This highly multidisciplinary Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability Master's program at University of Geneva trains students to analyze problems in terms of the governance of sustainability.


The Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability programme of University of Geneva ocuses on defining and developing concrete solutions for the SDGs through hands-on, team-based and project-driven activities, in parallel with courses on the fundamentals of sustainable development in all its dimensions - human, environmental and institutional.

The IHDS can be taken as a stand-alone program including an exchange semester abroad (single degree track) or be combined with the Master of Public Policy for Sustainable Development Goals (MPP-SDG) offered by Tsinghua University (dual degree track).

Hands on learning and innovative teaching concept

The Master's degree comprises a high proportion of hands-on teaching. Half of the time is devoted to workshops during which students are invited by external partners (IGOs, NGOs, etc.) to address practical issues and challenges related to SDGs. Projects or practical cases are carried out in groups and supervised by mentors from these external partner organisations and UNIGE teachers and advisors. The outputs of the workshops are presented during public sessions.

Some of these workshops are combined with fieldwork, either in the Geneva region or abroad (San Francisco and Kenya in 2018; Dakar and Indonesia in 2019; Athens in 2020; Dakar in 2021).

Programme Structure

Basic courses 30 credits

  • Sustainable Development and Political Agendas
  • Culture and Education for Sustainability
  • Science, Expertise and Sustainable Development Workshop 1: Innovation for Sustainable Development

Specialization 30 credits

1 workshop per module:

  • Practice of Sustainable Human Development
  • Voluntary Standards, Governance and SDGs
  • Urban Futures

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.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor degree in various fields (including social and political sciences, economics, geography and environment, law, information technology, engineering and applied sciences)
  • Certificate in English (for non-Native speakers): valid test and minimum scores TOEFL 92, IELTS 7.0, or Cambridge Advanced Certificate 185
  • Strong interest in United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in any form of innovation (technical, economic, cultural and social) aiming at reaching the SDGs
  • Experience in working and studying in intercultural/international contexts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1016 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 508 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    1016 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 508 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • 500 CHF / semester

Living costs for Genève

1925 - 2850 CHF /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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