Economics of Sustainability, M.Sc. | Wageningen University and Research | Wageningen, Netherlands
24 months
19600 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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The Economics of Sustainability programme at Wageningen University and Research focuses on the interactions between economic actors and the natural environment. You are trained as a quantitative economist who is able to analyze real-world problems in food systems, natural resources and the living environment, and to provide economic solutions that promote transitions to a sustainable future.

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Besides a strong training in quantitative economic techniques, you are confronted with relevant economic theories at micro, behavioral, and institutional level to help you understand the nature of these problems and solutions. Topics include environmental degradation and pollution, climate change, sustainable markets, the bio-economy, and urban and rural development in light of pressing issues such as environmental tipping points, unequal access to resources, and rising inequality.

Why this programme?

  • In a world drowning in data but starving for knowledge, you will learn how to analyze and interpret different forms of data to provide evidence on pressing real-world questions
  • You will evaluate policies related to food, the environment, and economic development and how they affect different actors (e.g. firms, citizens) in different locations and sectors
  • You will learn how to apply your quantitative skills to real world problems and contribute to the finding of practical solutions
  • You are trained to collaborate effectively in an intercultural, multidisciplinary environment to use your skills as an economist to have societal impact

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Rethinking Economics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Economic modeling of sustainability
  • Philosophy of Management and Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Economics of Democracy and Dictatorship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A WUR BSc degree in Economics and Governance, or equivalent.
  • The norm for this equivalence is  ≥40 ECTS in: Economics (micro-economics must be included). ≥15 ECTS in one or more of the following topics: Statistics, Econometrics
  • Transcript of records displaying the content of previous course subjects and project work;
  • Curriculum vitae displaying relevant work, internship and/or project experience on an academic level in a relevant field if applicable.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Wageningen

700 - 800 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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