Societal Transitions

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Whether in energy, food, mobility, healthcare, or finance – to ensure a just and sustainable future for all, we must transform about every global and local system in the coming decade. Facilitating and managing these transitions requires us to experiment, initiate and transform the status quo. This programme equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, interpret and work on complex societal transitions. It is transdisciplinary, integrating knowledge from various disciplines and practice. That’s why you don’t need to be a philosophy graduate to study societal transitions. This programme is open to students from all backgrounds.

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Mode of study
Instruction language
1 year
Study points (EC)
Start date
Application Deadline (EEA)
1 August
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The study programme in a nutshell

The Master Societal Transitions is a transdisciplinary programme that provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand, interpret, and facilitate transitions towards a just and sustainable future.

Why this study

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What you will learn

This Master trains you to become a leader who can interpret transition dynamics and intervene to influence the speed and direction of transition processes. More specifically, it teaches you to:

  • understand, analyse, and frame diverse transition contexts (think);
  • collaborate with various stakeholders and facilitate difficult conversations in a constructive manner (connect);
  • dare to experiment, initiate, and transform current situations (act);
  • learn quickly, adapt, and shape social experimentation as a social learning process (reflect).
Programme overview

Is this the right programme for you?

  • Do you want to dedicate your career to addressing the sustainability challenges of our time?
  • Do you believe that combining knowledge from different disciplines is needed to address these challenges?
  • Do you want to learn to connect scientific knowledge with practical knowledge?
  • Do you want to design an intervention for a real-life challenge as your graduation project, instead of writing a traditional thesis?
  • Are you looking for opportunities for self-reflection and personal development throughout your studies?

Have you answered ‘Yes!’ to the questions above? Then the Master Societal Transitions is probably a great fit for you! Learn more about the programme during the Master Open Day.

Career opportunities after graduation

Studying Societal Transitions at Erasmus University Rotterdam will jumpstart your career as a transformative leader across business, government, civil society, communities, and academia in support of just societal and sustainability transitions.

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