In the Global Sustainability Science program, you learn how to develop solutions to sustainability issues. This involves studying the interaction between humans and nature at the local, regional and global level. The program will equip you to make a meaningful contribution to our planet.

A multidisciplinary approach

A sustainable planet is one that is livable for current and future generations. You are of course conscious that we face huge challenges: the distribution of water, food and energy, climate change and the depletion of our resources are only some of these hot topics. Sustainability is a complex concept and it increasingly calls for broad expertise and a multidisciplinary approach. This program gives you the tools you’ll need to examine sustainability from a number of different perspectives and to come up with solutions that can change the world.

Select a track or put together your own

What’s special about this Bachelor’s is that, after the first year, you have the option of selecting one of four tracks, depending on the specific balance you’d like to have between the natural and the social sciences. Since we certainly don’t want to limit your ambition, you can also put together your own track or choose other subjects, both within and outside this Bachelor.

A balance between natural and social science subjects

The program offers you the right balance between natural and social science subjects, preparing you for a future as a professional interlocutor, bridge-builder and problem solver. You acquire an understanding of the natural, biochemical and hydrological processes (water cycle) that maintain the Earth in balance. This means taking science subjects like mathematics, physics, and chemistry. You also learn about how socio-economic processes contribute to solving sustainability issues. To this end, you take social science subjects like public administration, economics, and innovation. The program also stresses team-work and communications. You learn how to set up your own research, to work individually and in teams, and to advise organizations as a consultant. If you satisfy the profile, then you’re sufficiently qualified to take all the courses in this three-year Bachelor’s program.


After your first year, you’ll be choosing one of four tracks so as to acquire extra in-depth knowledge. You’ll also be able to put together your own track or choose other subjects, both within and outside this Bachelors.

These are the four tracks:

  • Water, Climate & Ecosystems
  • Energy & Resources
  • Governance & Societal Transformation
  • Business & Innovation


Sign up for the Open Day on 16 and 17 November 2018. At the Open Day, you can check in at the introductory presentation and visit the Sustainability Café afterward. Here professors provide you with information about each track in a one-on-one conversation.

For an in-depth experience, you can sign up for our Student for a day event. At this event, you will join a lecture, engage in a tutorial and have plenty of time to talk to students and lecturers.

Facts and figures

Student satisfaction survey

In 2017, 74 students from the Bachelor’s program Global Sustainability Science filled in the Nationale Studenten Enquête (a Dutch annual nationwide student satisfaction survey). On average, the study program is rated at 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5. The graphic below shows a detailed breakdown of separate program parts. As Global Sustainability Science is unique in The Netherlands, these results cannot be compared to other programs. Hence the chart does not include comparative nationwide data.

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Last updated November 27, 2018
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Statutory fee - 2019-2020: € 2,083 (NL and EU/EEA); Institutional fee - 2018-2019: € 11,680 (NL and EU/EEA) and € 13,300 (non EU/EEA). For more details see the institution's website.
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