Registrations now open for new Master ‘Societal Transitions’

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Students can now directly enroll for the new Master Societal Transition at Erasmus University via Studielink.

In 2023, for the first time, master students in the Netherlands will be able to take a full, year-long master’s on societal sustainability and justice transitions.

Transdisciplinarity is at the core of this program: it introduces students to real-life challenges and teaches them insights from various disciplines – ranging from philosophy to ecology - to facilitate transitions towards just and sustainable futures. Hereby, it focuses on the socio-economic and institutional dimensions of societal transitions: the role of power, agency, culture, beliefs, values and social movements. Leadership and reflexivity tracks run through the program, supporting students to reflect upon and navigate their learning journey. Instead of writing a master thesis, they create an intervention for a real-life sustainability challenge. 

Designed by academics from various faculties, in collaboration with the Design Impact Transition (DIT) platform, the Master “addresses an important societal and scientific need in the field of sustainability and transitions”. This is according to the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), which further “compliments the program's innovative approach and considers it timely and much needed”. 

Admissions criteria 

You are eligible to the Master if you: 

  • Have a university bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) or a pre-master's degree 

  • Meet the English proficiency requirement 

  • Can explain your motivation to participate in the program in an application letter 

Read more about admissions criteria here.

Apply now via Studielink 

If you want to apply for a study program at Erasmus University, you must always register in Studielink. Studielink is the Dutch national database for admission to higher education. If you live in the Netherlands, you need a DigiD to access Studielink. If you live abroad, you can apply without a DigiD (see instructions in Studielink). For your application, you will need to enter the CROHO name and code for the programme. For the Master in Societal Transitions, this is 60989. 

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