Applications Open for the 2023 UNU-IAS Master’s and Doctoral Programmes

The deadline for applications is 17 February 2023.

UNU-IAS invites applications for September 2023 admission to our postgraduate degree programmes: the Master of Science in Sustainability and the PhD in Sustainability Science. The application deadline is 17 February 2023.

About the Programmes

The UNU-IAS postgraduate degree programmes aim to produce the policymakers and researchers of tomorrow who will be at the forefront of global efforts towards a more sustainable future. UNU-IAS students benefit from the unique opportunity to study in central Tokyo at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. Students gain both academic knowledge and practical research skills by actively contributing to the institute’s policy-oriented research areas.

Starting this year, students enrolled in the Master's programme will have the option of selecting the new specialisation on the Paris Agreement on climate change, the first of its kind to be offered by a UN organisation. The specialisation aims to enhance capacity for implementing the Paris Agreement and provide a practicum training opportunity in collaboration with global partners.

Both programmes are intended for recent graduates, professionals, and practitioners aiming to pursue internationally focused careers, through employment in UN agencies, other international organisations, governments, civil society, or the private sector. All lectures are conducted in English. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to obtain credits not only from UNU-IAS but also other leading universities in Japan. Joint diplomas programmes with the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Science (UT-GSFS) and Sophia University are also available.

How to Apply

Please visit the Degree Programmes section of the UNU-IAS website to find out more about application requirements and procedures.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office through the online inquiry form.