The Master of Science in Sustainability programme equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to solving challenges of sustainability in the context of global change, with specific focus in the areas of climate change and biodiversity. Drawing on an innovative, interdisciplinary approach, the programme integrates methods and resources from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities.
The programme builds on UNU’s strong record in research and capacity development, as well as the extensive network of scholars and academic institutions participating in UNU research. The programme is practically oriented, user-focused, and of the highest academic quality. It is intended for recent graduates, professionals and practitioners interested in the unique opportunity to study at a global university and gain valuable skills, which will enable them as international professionals to meaningfully contribute to the work of governments, civil society, the private sector, and the UN and other international organizations.
Students are required to earn more than 30 credits for the master’s degree, and can take courses from UNU-ISP and partner universities in Japan. Students are also encouraged to take a joint diploma offered by the UNU-ISP and The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (UT-GSFS) on Resilience for Sustainability. The diploma requires students to gain 34 credits, eight of which should be from a pool of courses designated by UNU-ISP and UT-GSFS under the joint diploma programme. A joint diploma can only be awarded to students who successfully complete the two-year master’s degree programme.
The standard period of study is two years; the programme starts in September, with students expected to complete all the requirements by July in the second academic year after enrollment.
Application deadline: 28 February 2014
Please visit the programme website for a full list of admission requirements, including English language requirements and costs to attend the programme.
All applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in disciplines related to sustainability studies with a strong academic record (a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale) by the time of enrollment. Those who expect to graduate with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent conferred before September 2014 may also apply. Applicants must also display a particular interest and career aspirations in global change and sustainability.
The sole language of instruction for this programme is English. Applicants are therefore required to demonstrate English language proficiency before entry. Applicants who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. Please visit the programme website for more information on the minimum English requirements.
The tuition fees for this programme are $US10,000 per year. The Japan Foundation for UNU (JFUNU) Scholarships and the Asian Development Bank–Japan Scholarship Programme (ADB–JSP) are available for outstanding students from developing countries. The scholarships cover the full tuition fees, and provide a monthly stipend for a maximum of 24 months. JFUNU scholarship recipients must cover their own travel costs to and from Japan, visa-handling fees and health/accident insurance costs. Please visit the programme website for more information about tuition fees and scholarships.
Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Prof. Govindan Parayil
Prof. Masafumi Nagao
Dr. Srikantha Herath
Dr. Vesselin Popovski
Dr. Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira
Dr. Obijiofor Aginam
Dr. Brendan Barrett
Dr. Madoka Futamura
Mr. Luohui Liang
Dr. Osamu Saito
Dr. Osamu Ito
Dr. Fukuya Iino
Dr. Surjan Akhilesh
Dr. Kei Otsuki
Mr. Nicholas Turner
Dr. Christopher Hobson
Dr. Ram Avtar
United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
T: +81 (0)3 5467-1212