Sustainable Development, Master | KU Leuven | Leuven, Belgium
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Sustainable Development

24 months
7099 EUR/year
1092 EUR/year
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The Master of Sustainable Development from KU Leuven prepares the sustainability leaders of the future. Students are trained to become agents of change who will imagine, trigger and effectuate a sustainable future. 


The Sustainable Development programme from KU Leuven is research driven and mindful of ethics, gender and diversity. It offers a transversal core programme on sustainable development and two tracks of specialisation: a Space & Society track and an Ecology track. The distinctive strength of this master’s programme is an interdisciplinary character that bridges societal and ecological sustainability challenges while engaging with real-world settings, localities and communities.

The common core involves the building up and integration of fundamental expertise in sustainable development, including theory, methodology and practical applications in both ecology and social science. It comprises academic levelling training, courses covering different sustainability aspects, the formulation of an individual research portfolio, as well as a field trip in the Global South, an internship and a thesis.

The Space & Society track focuses on the societal component of sustainability transition, including social, economic, political and cultural dimensions. The Ecology track focuses on both the conser vation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of biodiversity at all organisational levels (species, genes and ecosystems). Integration between both tracks will mainly be done through sustainable development practice at the local community level.

Career perspectives

Career perspectives for alumni can be found in all sectors where sustainable development actions are being implemented at the local, national and international level. These include NGOs, civil society organisation, private enterprises, government admini strations, multi ¬lateral organisations, universities and research centres.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geoprocessing
  • Cartography
  • The Sustainable Development Challenge
  • Academic Leveling: Space, Society and Ecology
  • Geography of Development
  • Global Change, Ecosystems and Sustainability

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

You should have a broad interest in a comprehensive approach to sustainable development.

  • For admission in the Space & Society track, you should hold basic knowledge in human and social sciences (social and physical geography, economics, sociology ...).
  • For admission in the Ecology track basic knowledge in ecology, biology and biodiversity is needed. Be sure to mention the track of your choice in your motivation letter.
You should have a good command of both spoken and written English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7099 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7099 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1092 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1092 EUR per year during 24 months.

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.


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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