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Governance of Sustainability (MSc)

Diploma requirements

To be eligible for Governance and Sustainability at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from any research university in the Netherlands, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable knowledge of environmental sustainability issues on an academic level. Environmental sustainability refers to the capacity of the Earth to produce vital renewable resources and to allow long-term environmental quality (and the governance thereof). This knowledge can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience.  And,
  • demonstrable experience with inter- or trans-disciplinary education and research. This experience can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience. For instance, this may be a minor in terms of sustainability such as the minor Sustainable Development of CML or the minor Science and Technology in Society (coordinated by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences). And,
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 EC of mathematics, programming and/or statistics.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficient for admission and whether you meet the additional requirements.

For more information, please contact the Governance of Sustainability study advisors.

If you have a degree in Dutch higher vocational education (hbo), you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • obtained the hbo diploma with a grade point average of at least 7.5, and
  • demonstrable knowledge of environmental sustainability issues on an academic level. Environmental sustainability refers to the capacity of the Earth to produce vital renewable resources and to allow long-term environmental quality (and the governance thereof). This knowledge can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience.  And,
  • demonstrable experience with inter- or trans-disciplinary education and research. This experience can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience. For instance, this may be a minor in terms of sustainability such as the minor Sustainable Development of CML or the minor Science and Technology in Society (coordinated by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences). And,
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 EC of mathematics, programming and/or statistics.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficient for admission and whether you meet the additional requirements.

For more information, please contact the Governance of Sustainability study advisors.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable knowledge of environmental sustainability issues on an academic level. Environmental sustainability refers to the capacity of the Earth to produce vital renewable resources and to allow long-term environmental quality (and the governance thereof). This knowledge can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience.  And,
  • demonstrable experience with inter- or trans-disciplinary education and research. This experience can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience. For instance, this may be a minor in terms of sustainability such as the minor Sustainable Development of CML or the minor Science and Technology in Society (coordinated by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences). And,
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 EC of mathematics, programming and/or statistics.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, you must, in addition to meeting the aforementioned requirements, have obtained the diploma with a grade point average of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system).

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficient for admission and whether you meet the additional requirements.

For more information, please contact the Governance of Sustainability study advisors.

Language requirements

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English, evidenced by appropriate language test:

  • IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90 (minimum 20 component score)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum overall score 180, with a minimum component score of 169 

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have a diploma of secondary or higher education completed in Australia, Canada (with the exception of French-language programmes in Canada), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa;
Or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or if you have completed an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University;
Or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English.

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