M.Sc. On Campus

Governance of Sustainability

Leiden University

24 months
18016 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In the Governance of Sustainability programme from Leiden University you learn to become a future ‘change maker’ who is able to develop governance solutions to major and complex environmental sustainability challenges.


What does this master’s programme entail?

In this Governance of Sustainability programme from Leiden University focused on environmental sustainability, you will obtain in-depth knowledge of both the governance perspective (social science) and the natural sciences. In addition, you will learn a variety of skills required to cope with complex sustainability problems and to develop oneself into a future ‘change agent’ in a governance context.

Why study Governance of Sustainability at Leiden University?

Our teaching is aimed at creating a transdisciplinary environment in which you are constantly challenged to combine perspectives, reflect on those and take ownership of your learning process.

You will collaborate with (international) students coming from different disciplinary backgrounds and design and execute integrative research projects, combining concepts, theories and research methods of both governance and natural sciences.

Our programme collaborates with important institutes, ministries and other stakeholders in terms of guest lectures, excursions and integrated group projects.

You will be confronted with real-life sustainability challenges to make the appropriate connections between the mechanisms and the governance thereof.

Be inspired by professors from two leading institutes, who are at the forefront of the field of sustainability and public administration.  

Career prospects

With a degree in Governance of Sustainability you are well prepared for broad array of career prospects in the field of sustainability, both inside and outside academia.

Acquired skills and competence

After completing the programme, you are able to analyse complex issues from both natural sciences perspectives and governance perspectives and know how to integrate these perspectives in order to implement solutions in the public domain for a sustainable society. You have acquired a wide variety of skills, including technical tools, governance tools and transferable skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Transdisciplnary skills
  • Thematic courses 
  • Qualitative Research Skills 
  • Quantitative Research Skills
  • Sustainability Challenge

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable knowledge of environmental sustainability issues on an academic level. Environmental sustainability refers to the capacity of the Earth to produce vital renewable resources and to allow long-term environmental quality (and the governance thereof). This knowledge can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience.  And,
  • demonstrable experience with inter- or trans-disciplinary education and research. This experience can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) courses, a minor, major, 
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 EC of mathematics, programming and/or statistics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18016 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18016 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Den Haag

780 - 1170 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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