M.Sc. On Campus

Environment and Resource Management - Global Sustainable Futures

12 months
16730 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Environment and Resource Management - Global Sustainable Futures at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers you the opportunity to mix and match different courses offered by IVM and other faculties and departments at VU Amsterdam. 


Environment and Resource Management - Global Sustainable Futures at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will give you a clear focus on environmental and sustainability themes. Your course choices will depend on your specific interests and capabilities. 

All specialisations start with Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change, a course in which you are presented with the breadth of environmental problems. In the two parallel courses that follow, Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy, you will learn about economic policy instruments for managing environmental problems and delve into the theory and practice of environmental governance and the role of different political actors. In addition, there is a wide range of elective courses you can choose from. 


As of today, more than 1,250 students have received their Master’s degree in ERM from VU Amsterdam. Many have embarked on exciting sustainability careers as consultants, NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, ministry officials or international civil servants. Some students continue in academia by starting a PhD. 

When you graduate, you will be able to determine which assessment tool is applicable in specific situations, and you can critically reflect on the outcomes of such tools. In addition, you should be able to (co-)design effective decision-making processes for complex or ambiguous problems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change
  • Environmental Economics for ERM
  • Environmental Policy
  • Methods of Environment and Resource Management
  • Research Design
  • Research Project ERM

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • 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

In order to gain admission to the Environment and Resource Management Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16730 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16730 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /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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