CHARM-EU Diploma "Global challenges for sustainable development".

The CHARM-EU European University Alliance offers a transdisciplinary, international Master's degree in sustainable development.

What opportunities are there?

This completely new training program is resolutely trans-disciplinary, and is therefore aimed at graduates from all disciplines, and from diverse backgrounds, who wish to acquire advanced knowledge in sustainable development in order to tackle real and global societal challenges. Through its unique three-phase pedagogical model, it will enable students to become "managers of complexity" to implement and monitor sustainable development projects linked to societal challenges on the themes of water, food and health.

A collaboration between 5 prestigious universities

The degree is awarded jointly by five member universities of the CHARM-EU alliance: theUniversity of Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, l'University of Utrecht, l'Eötvös Loránd University, Budapestand the University of Montpellier. Teaching is carried out by teams of teachers from the five institutions, pooling their skills and expertise to offer students the best possible educational experience.

The degree takes place over a year and a half, i.e. three semesters (see details below), and will offer numerous opportunities for mobility, enabling students to study in at least three of the partner universities during the course.

1st half-year

A preparatory phase consisting of 3 compulsory modules, each delivering 10 ECTS credits (30 ECTS in total): Social Innovation, Sustainable Development and Research .

2nd semester

A flexible phase comprising 3 modules, each delivering 10 ECTS (30 ECTS in total). Students must choose one of the following paths:

Water (30 ECTS) :

  • Extremes in the water cycle and their complex consequences
  • Adaptation measures and strategies in water management
  • Resilient cities: Water in urban environments

Life and health (30 ECTS) :

  • Health systems and policies
  • Health challenges
  • Healthy living and well-being

Food (30 ECTS) :

  • The link between food, health and the environment
  • Food systems and their transformations
  • Socially just and sustainable food systems

3rd semester

An end-of-studies project, consisting of a single module awarding 30 ECTS.
During this phase, students work in collaboration with their peers, academic staff and non-academic stakeholders (e.g. companies or associations) on a real sustainable development challenge based on the student's original disciplinary field.

A unique teaching model

The CHARM-EU diploma is centered on the student, who becomes an active participant in his or her own learning. Based on authentic problem-solving, the program will give students the opportunity throughout the course to work with international students and civil society players on solving concrete societal challenges linked to sustainable development.

It also introduces an innovative competency-based assessment method, with individual support from a mentor throughout the curriculum and regular feedback on their results and how they can improve.

Who can apply?

As the course is cross-disciplinary, all profiles are welcome. Admissions are open to students holding a Master 1 or Licence + 30 ECTS. Applicants will be required to provide proof of a C1 level in English at the start of the course in September 2022.

Registration fees

Registration fees are set at €3,000 for the entire course for students who are citizens of the European Union, and €19,000 otherwise.

European students who have completed their final year of study in France will benefit from free tuition.

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