Utrecht University: Innovative master’s programme on sustainability

First CHARM-EU master’s programme starts in September: Global Challenges for Sustainability
On 1 September 2021 the CHARM-EU master’s programme Global Challenges for Sustainability will start. This innovative and international programme was developed by Utrecht University in cooperation with the University of Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and the University of Montpellier.

Studying at five universities
Students can start the Master’s programme Global Challenges for Sustainability from any of these five universities. During the 90-ECTS programme, which lasts 1.5 years, it is possible to switch universities one or more times for the various study components. The curriculum emphasises concrete social challenges with themes such as water, food and health in the broader perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal. Application is possible until 15 April 2021.

Global Challenges for Sustainability
The master’s programme Global Challenges for Sustainability consists of three phases:

Preparatory phase: general skills in the field of sustainability, social innovation and transdisciplinary research
Flexible phase: choice of modules in Water, Food, or Life & Health
Capstone phase: project on a sustainability challenge, in cooperation with a social partner (company or government institution)
Innovative programme
The programme has several innovative aspects, including the flexible course structure of three phases, the integrated mobility, the broader content focus, the transdisciplinary approach and the challenge-based education.

In the first phase, the programme is hybrid, with face-to-face teaching in Utrecht and virtual teaching when the lecturer is in one of the other European cities. In phase two and three, students can broaden their horizons and continue their studies at one of the other partners. If travelling is not possible due to COVID-19, the complete programme is offered online.

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