The Master in Sustainable Development (KU Leuven) is an academic programme that prepares the sustainability leaders of the future. The Master´s main objective is to train students to become the agents of change that will imagine, trigger and implement the sustainability transition of the 21st century. The distinctive strength of this Master programme is its interdisciplinary character bridging societal and ecology sustainability challenges. The programme trains professionals that will support institutions from the public, private and civil society sectors to draft and implement sustainable development programmes and policies.
The Master is a research-driven education programme of 120 ECTS. The common interdisciplinary core programme provides the fundamental expertise needed on sustainable development. This comprises academic courses, a fieldtrip to the Global South (Sustainable Development Living Lab), an internship, a thesis and a workshop.
The Sustainable Development Living Lab serves as a platform through which the vision and goals of the Master programme will be tested and implemented in a real-world setting. All contents and activities in the Master are connected to the priorities of the Lab, which will be in tune with international institutions agendas and contemporary sustainability debates.
There are two specialisation tracks within the Master. One specialisation track, “Space and Society”, focuses on the societal component of the sustainability transition. The other specialisation track, “Ecology”, focuses on both the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Students from 31 countries in Africa (including Morocco), Asia and Latin America are eligible for a full VLIR-ICP Master’s scholarship. The deadline to apply is 1 February 2021.