Joint Master's Degree in Sustainable Development

Joint Master's Degree website

Coordinator: Prof. Fabio Aricò

The two-year Master's Programme (Italian Laurea Magistrale) in Sustainable Development is aimed at highly qualified and motivated students interested in the issue of sustainable development and in the international dimension of sustainability issues.

The programme offers an interdisciplinary approach, combining the specialisation in teaching and research of 6 partner universities: Graz, Austria; Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy; Leipzig, Germany; Utrecht, the Netherlands; associated partners: Basel, Switzerland, and Hiroshima, Japan.

Admission to the programme is open to students holding the equivalent of an undergraduate/first cycle degree programme (Italian Laurea triennale), who will be selected on the basis of their research skills, basic knowledge of natural and/or social sciences, and a general insight in the subject of sustainable development and intervention strategies.

Students apply to one of the consortium universities, and spend at least one semester at one of the partner institutions. At the successful completion of the programme students will be awarded a joint or double master's degree recognized in the countries of the consortium partners.

Selections take place yearly; the call for applications for the academic year 2023/2024 will be open from January 16th, 2023.

Pratical Information

Qualification: Master's Degree in Sustainable Development - Italian Laurea magistrale


  • Karl Franzens University of Graz - Austria
  • Ca' Foscari University of Venice - Italy
  • Leipzig University - Germany
  • Utrecht  University -  The Netherlands
  • Basel University - Switzerland
  • Hiroshima University - Japan
  • Stellenbosch University - South-Africa (mobility partner only)
  • TERI University - India (mobility partner only)

Duration: 2 years (4 semesters) - 120 credits

Mobility: At least one semester = 30 credits at partner university

Language of instruction: English

Costs: Enrolment fees according to each partner university's regulation

Financial support: mobility grants can be obtained for the first mobility period only

Graduation procedure

Students of the Joint Master's Degree in Sustainable Development whose Entrance University is Ca' Foscari will defend the thesis in front of a Committee composed by a first reader (supervisor or "relatore"), possibly of a co-supervisor ("correlatore"), at least two more Professors of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (named "controrelatori") plus an additional Professor (named second reader) who
is selected among the Professors of the University where the students spent the mandatory mobility.
The second reader will either take part to the final examination via ICT, or in presence, or with a short written evaluation of the thesis.

When students submit the graduation request ("domanda di laurea") through the Personal Area, they should contact prof. Aricò, the academic coordinator of the programme, to inform him that they are going to graduate in the next graduation session and indicating the title of the thesis.
The Professor will get in touch with the academic coordinator of the partner institution, so that he/she can contact a Professor within that area of expertise and invite him/her to the final discussion of the thesis.

Last update: 21/05/2024