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Governance of Sustainability (MSc)

Career prospects

With a degree in Governance of Sustainability you are well prepared for broad array of career prospects in the field of sustainability, both inside and outside academia.

Acquired skills and competences

After completing the programme, you are able to analyse complex issues from both natural sciences perspectives and governance perspectives and know how to integrate these perspectives in order to implement solutions in the public domain for a sustainable society. You have acquired a wide variety of skills, including technical tools, governance tools and transferable skills.

Peter van Bodegom

Professor Environmental Biology, Faculty of Science, Leiden University

Peter van Bodegom

‘’By applying the concept of ecosystem services to actual societal challenges, students develop new governance solutions and ideas for societal transition. ’’


The programme prepares you for governance and strategic positions at (semi-) government institutions or private sector on sustainability issues and to take leading broker-roles connecting different actors. You can be a change agent on sustainability, through the synthesis of different scientific fields and non-scientific knowledge and insights. Thus, graduates will contribute to the development of integrated solutions needed to achieve a sustainable society and contribute to the implementation of these solutions.

We conducted a survey with potential (inter)national employees. The vast majority of the respondents (93%) agreed with the following statement: “To tackle issues of sustainability, we need academics who combine scientific knowledge with knowledge of governance, such as public-private cooperation, policy processes, political decision-making, stakeholder analysis and network management.”

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