• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Do you seek expertise in spatial management and sustainable development at the regional and local level (cities, rural areas, industrial districts, etc.)? Do you want to support policies that integrate economic, environmental, international, intercultural, territorial and context-driven dimensions? Are you fascinated by systems of governance and the importance of stakeholder participation?

Master of Sustainable Development

This programme 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.

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. 

Erasmus Mundus joint Master in Sustainable Territorial Development

This master aims to create experts in the area of sustainable territorial development. More concretely it trains professionals to be able to help organizations acting in the territory (enterprises, local communities, civil society organizations) to draft sustainable development policies for economic, social, environmental, international and intercultural management.

The Master concerns the economic competitiveness, social inclusion, environmental protection, international cooperation and intercultural relation challenges of territorial development focusing not only on local communities, but also on enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations. It also aims to offer an example of sustainable territory involving all local organizations, which should have human resources available and able to promote sustainable development. 

The extensive experience, international collaboration and multidisciplinary insights gained from the Erasmus Mundus Master in Sustainable Territorial Development, will open up new perspectives on the sustainability of territorial use and organization while introducing you to various policy tools and management strategies in divergent territorial contexts. 

A Bachelor's degree in the humanities, environmental sciences or engineering is required, as well as knowledge of French and English; basic knowledge of economics is also helpful.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


In this interuniversity programme, both European and non-European students study together for one semester each at first at the Università degli Studi di Padova (30 ECTS), then at KU Leuven (30 ECTS) and then at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne (30 ECTS).  The Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Sustainable Territorial Development programme is offered at KU Leuven.

The fourth semester is dedicated to an internship and a Master's thesis (30 ECTS) written at the university of the student's choice from among the three aforementioned universities and the Universidade Catolica Don Bosco in Brazil.  

Career perspectives

Job opportunities for graduates may be found in all sectors where sustainable development actions should be implemented, in particular at organizations responsible for the creation of sustainable territories (communities, enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations, local governments), the central government and international organizations.Potential posts include: environmental adviser; sustainable development manager in local communities, public administrations, civil society organizations & local governments; representative within local public institutions, national and international institutions, enterprises, trade unions & professional bodies.

The Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Sustainable Territorial Development programme is offered at KU Leuven.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Common track for all students:

  • First semester: 30 credits - Università di Padova (Italy)
  • Second semester: 30 credits - KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Third semester: 30 credits - Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
  • Fourth semester: 30 credits - In one of the 3 European partner universities or at Univ. Catolica Dom Bosco (Brazil) or at University of Johannesburg (South Africa) or at Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

KU Leuven (Second Semester)

  • Communication, Culture and Knowledge
  • Spatial Management and Planning
  • Cities, Heritage Sites and Destination Development
  • Integrated Research and Consultancy Project

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Candidates are requested to have a first cycle degree of 180 ECTS (licenciatura, academic bachelor degree, diploma di laurea di primo livello, licence) or an equivalent degree.

Ranking criteria:

  • previous academic curriculum (ECTS and marks; minimum an 180 ECTS or equivalent degree is required)
  • previous professional curriculum and relevant experience
  • language proficiency (English and French are required)
  • motivations and the pertinence of their research interests
  • competence in economics

The previous curriculum will be evaluated on the basis of appropriate (translated) documents; the same goes for the competence in economics. 

For more information, visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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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.


Scholarship and funding opportunities



  • Central bilateral agreements - Grants for Phd students and staff
  • FWO Research Funding
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • AXA Research Fund


  • Roger Dillemans Fund
  • Coimbra group Scholarships programme for young researchers and professors from Latin America
  • Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme (Ukraine and Balkans)
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young African researchers
  • Erasmus Mundus Partnerships
  • FWO Research Funding

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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