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Governance of Sustainability (MSc)

Career prospects

With an MSc degree in Governance of Sustainability you are well prepared for a broad array of career prospects in the field of sustainability, working with or for governments, at consultancies or continuing your academic research.

Acquired skills and competences

After completing the programme, you are able to analyse complex sustainability issues from both a natural sciences and governance perspective. You will know how to integrate these perspectives in order to develop and implement solutions. You will have acquired a wide variety of skills, including qualitative and quantitative research skills, and transferable skills.

Alexander van Oudenhoven

Lecturer biodiversity & ecosystems, Faculty of Science, Leiden University

Alexander van Oudenhoven

“Nature-based solutions are a hot topic in science and policy making. Students will obtain the skills to study biodiversity and human wellbeing outcomes of such nature-based solutions. They will also understand the role of different stakeholder perspectives and roles within collaboration processes. With this skills combined, our students will be able to act as a knowledge broker between the rapidly advancing scientific domain and the policy-making arena, both locally and (inter)nationally.”


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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