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Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Ever considered a career in sustainability and management?This Master's programme will teach you everything you need to know about Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

The global economy is undergoing a transformation towards a sustainable society in which the interests of people, planet and profits together are the driving force, rather than neoclassical industrial economic systems. This transformation needs academic professionals who can demonstrate that sustainable entrepreneurship is key. Our programme trains these professionals.

Are you interested in:
- developing a new perspective?
- circular business models?
- learning from real entrepreneurs?
- developing your leadership and management skills and academic knowledge about sustainability?

Then join us at Campus Fryslân in Leeuwarden in the Master’s programme in Sustainable Entrepreneurship!

Please bear in mind that the SE programme is selective so you will need to pass a selection procedure before you are admitted.
More information: https://www.rug.nl/cf/cse/for-students/newwebpages/admission-and-application.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
67085
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Campus Fryslân
Why study this programme in Leeuwarden?

Leeuwarden is the capital and the economic and cultural centre of the greenest and most beautiful province of the Netherlands; Friesland. Leeuwarden is gaining popularity among students which makes sense since there's plenty to do in the historical centre.

Unique about our programme:

  • developing a new perspective
  • learning from real entrepreneurs
  • multidisciplinary education
  • intellectual challenge combined with personal growth
Programme

Our programme takes 12 months (one year) of full-time study. We coach your academic, leadership and entrepreneurship ambitions in four blocks of 10 weeks each. During these 12 months you will become an expert in all elements of the successful business model of sustainable entrepreneurship.

You will learn how to design (block 1), implement (block 2) and successfully manage performance (block 3). In block 4 you will develop your sustainable ambitions in your personal Leadership project.

You will be hosted by one of our regional, national or international companies from Campus Fryslân's network. You may also adopt one of the UN's challenges of sustainability or a personal sustainability challenge. We are an international programme. Sustainable challenges are relevant for all nations, regions, cities, businesses or people. We are open to companies or challenges that will serve as your host during the entire programme.

Periods
Courses1234
Foundations (5 EC)
Leadership (5 EC)
Strategy (5 EC)
Alliances (5 EC)
Business context (5 EC)
Organisations (5 EC)
Performance (5 EC)
Policy (5 EC)
Research methods (5 EC)
Qualitative project (15 EC, optional)
Quantitative project (15 EC, optional)

Curriculum

Leadership project You will conduct independent academic research following to your own design, focusing on solving a problem relevant to a corporate sustainability challenge. You can choose one of the two options in the Leadership project; A. The database project B. The case study project

Depending on your individual entrepreneurship ambitions and leadership profiles, you will work with regional, national or international sustainable organisations. You will develop and present your leadership project for supervisors, peers and stakeholders on the Circular Minds Conference.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

Average grade from bachelor's degree of 6.5 out of 10 or equivalent

language test

Sufficient English language proficiency. (More info: https://www.rug.nl/cf/cse/for-students/newwebpages/language-requirements)

previous education

To be considered for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's degree from a research university in business administration, econometric and operational research, economy and business administration, international business, human geography and urban and regional planning, spatial planning and design, mechanical engineering, international relations and international organization, University College Global Responsibility and Leadership or comparable bachelor degree's.

written request

Your application must be accompanied by a letter of motivation in which you explicitly discuss the knowledge and experience you have gained in the areas: Research, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.

other admission requirements

Your application must be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae in which you explicitly discuss the experience you have gained in the areas: Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.

Registration procedure

As our programme is selective, students must pass a two-step selection procedure in order to be offered a place on the programme.

More information about our selection procedure: https://www.rug.nl/cf/cse/for-students/newwebpages/admission-and-application.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

Average grade from bachelor's degree of 6.5 out of 10 or equivalent.

language test

Sufficient English language proficiency. (More info: https://www.rug.nl/cf/cse/for-students/newwebpages/language-requirements)

previous education

To be considered for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's degree from a research university in business administration, econometric and operational research, economy and business administration, international business, human geography and urban and regional planning, spatial planning and design, mechanical engineering, international relations and international organization, University College Global Responsibility and Leadership or comparable bachelor degree's

written request

Your application must be accompanied by a letter of motivation in which you explicitly discuss the experience you have gained in the areas: Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Our labour market analysis shows that employment prospects in functions in the field of business administration are excellent. In the categories of general managers, managers and government officials especially, there is an ever-increasing need for graduates from business programmes with a focus on sustainable entrepreneurship.

Sustainability is relevant for careers in multinationals such as Royal Haskoning, Rabobank and Tauw but also in fast-growing niches in biobased and high-tech sectors and start-ups. Policymaking institutes nationwide also increasingly require new employees to define their personal career ambitions in line with sustainable societies. International organizations such as Deloitte consider in-depth knowledge and skills as a prerequisite for trainee programmes.

In short: our programme prepares for a meaningful career with the perspective of actually solving world challenges.

Job examples

  • Policymaker
  • Project manager
  • Internal consultant
  • SME consultant
  • Sustainability officer
  • Sustainable entrepreneur
Research

Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CSE)

The CSE believes we can balance and preserve our valuable systems. Sustainable entrepreneurs generate new business models which substantially reduce social and environmental impacts whilst simultaneously improving the quality of societies. The CSE wants to create a circular society. This translates in new programmes for university students, business leaders, and academic scholars, whom we provide with all knowledge and competencies they need to make sustainable entrepreneurship successful.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Sustainable Entrepreneurship, please contact:

  • Admission
    Email: admission@rug.nl
  • Prospective Officer (General inquiries Sustainable Entrepreneurship programme)
    Email: cf-se@rug.nl
    Telephone: +31 (0)58 288 2132

You'll learn alternative ways of doing business

What I really like about this master is that the complexity of sustainability and entrepreneurship challenges our critical thinking in the face of controversial circumstances. The programme tests our judgement to evaluate a situation, a company and our own leadership. This programme won't teach you the tips and tricks to run a business daily, but it will show and encourage you to think of alternative ways of doing business other than the conventional solely money-driven fashion.

Roxanne Cacpal

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My knowledge about sustainability has increased a lot!

With this master, my knowledge about sustainability has increased a lot. I am now able to advise companies and friends about sustainable actions. As we are a small group, the classes are very dynamic and that allows us to learn faster and also collaborate with every classmate. On the other hand, I found the master program very academic. It teaches you how a sustainable entrepreneur is but, in my case, a classmate and I had to become an entrepreneur outside the university.

Germán Ramos Garcia

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Student profile

The SE programme attracts highly motivated students who have a wide range of interests and don't want to limit themselves to a single academic discipline. They share a desire to help save our planet for future generations by contributing knowledge and skills to a shift towards sustainable business models. The programme appeals to those looking for an intellectual challenge combined with personal growth.