Sustainability Science

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

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The Sustainability Science programme of Leuphana University of Lüneburg studies one of the ma­jor so­ci­al chal­len­ges fa­c­ing the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry - this much is bey­ond dis­pu­te.


The goal of the Sustainability Science programme of Leuphana University of Lüneburg is to look at so­ci­al-eco­lo­gi­cal sys­tems in an aca­de­mi­cal­ly groun­ded and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry man­ner. We will ex­ami­ne the pro­ces­ses which form the ma­te­ri­al and en­er­ge­tic ba­sis for en­vi­ron­men­tal sustaina­bi­li­ty pro­blems as well as po­ten­ti­al prac­tical so­lu­ti­ons from the per­spec­tive of sustainable na­tu­ral sci­en­ces. In com­plex so­ci­al-eco­lo­gi­cal sys­tems the­se ma­te­ri­al pro­ces­ses are clo­se­ly in­ter­con­nec­ted with eco­no­mic, ju­ri­di­cal, po­li­ti­cal, and cul­tu­ral con­texts as well as with stra­te­gies and prac­tices of im­portant so­ci­al ac­tors. The­se im­ma­te­ri­al pre­re­qui­si­tes and con­di­ti­ons of en­vi­ron­men­tal sustaina­bi­li­ty pro­blems and the way the­se pro­blems are ad­dres­sed are the sub­ject of sustainable hu­ma­nities.


The Mas­ters pro­gram­me in Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­en­ces pro­vi­des an aca­de­mi­cal­ly groun­ded edu­ca­ti­on in en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustainable re­se­arch on the mas­ter le­vel. The goal is to pro­vi­de the theo­re­ti­cal, me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal, or­ga­niza­t­io­nal, and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve skills that are ne­cessa­ry to de­ve­lop, rea­li­ze, and re­flect on one’s own di­sci­pli­na­ry and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch work and pro­jects in the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces. In ad­di­ti­on, the de­gree pro­gram aims at en­ab­ling stu­dents to func­tion as chan­ge agents and in­itia­te, pro­mo­te, and ma­na­ge pro­ces­ses of tran­si­ti­on towards sustainable po­li­cies in eco­no­mic, sci­en­ti­fic, po­li­ti­cal, and ci­vil or­ga­niza­t­i­ons as well as to eva­lua­te the pro­ces­ses’ re­sults and im­pacts.

De­pen­ding on their in­di­vi­du­al aca­de­mic pro­fi­le, gra­dua­tes will have a wide ran­ge of ca­re­er op­ti­ons in sustaina­bi­li­ty-fo­cu­sed re­se­arch (par­ti­cu­lar­ly in in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch con­texts). They will also have ac­cess to lea­ding po­si­ti­ons in busi­ness and con­sul­ting, pu­blic ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on, na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal third sec­tor or­ga­niza­t­i­ons as well as po­li­ti­cal ad­vi­sing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ecosystem Responses to Chemical Pollution
  • Earth Systems and Climate change
  • Sustainable Chemistry 1: Concepts of Sustainable Chemistry
  • Market-oriented Sustainability Management
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecosystem processes: a biogeochemical perspective

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
5.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
85 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Ba­che­lor or equi­va­lent de­gree, who wish to ex­pand their aca­de­mic know­ledge of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces. It is not re­qui­red that your pre­vious de­gree was com­ple­ted in en­vi­ron­men­tal or sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces, ne­ver­the­l­ess ba­sic know­ledge in at least one of the fiel­ds of sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces is ne­cessa­ry. 
  • Ade­qua­te know­ledge of the Eng­lish lan­gua­ge.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • Semester contribution: ap­prox. EUR 353


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