Master in Sustainable Development, with a Minor in MGU

Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development

The University of Basel broke new ground in Switzerland when it launched a unique, specialised Master’s degree in Sustainable Development in the 2005/06 Autumn Semester.

Contributing to sustainable development is one of the key challenges facing contemporary society and calls for stringent interdisciplinary approaches. Besides developing specialist skills to meet this challenge, coursework therefore also builds on relevant aspects of sustainability in various other disciplines, including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and economics.

Coursework develops the analytical and intergrative methods and skills necessary for working on complex questions relevant to sustainability, as well as the reflexive knowledge and skills required to deal with instruments. It also builds the interpersonal skills required for good communications, team development, and project management to undertake constructive work in transdisciplinary settings. 

Since this is a specialised Master’s degree course, admissions are by application only. For further information, please visit Sustainable Development.

MGU as a Minor (to be discontinued)

In the 2002/03 Winter Semester, the Faculty of Science introduced new Bachelor’s and Master’s courses. Students entering the University in the 2002/03 Winter Semester or thereafter may acquire (in accordance with their subject-specific study regulations) 12-24 credit points for attending Bachelor-level MGU courses, and 6-24 credit point on the Master’s level.

From their second year of study, Environmental Geosciences and Geography Bachelor students may take MGU as an “compulsory elective” (amounting to a total of 24 CP).

For detailed information on registering for MGU courses, please see

Course coordinator: Prof. Dr. Paul Burger (Contact:

Transfaculty Transversal Programme in Sustainable Development

The Transfaculty Transversal Programme in Sustainable Development is open to students  from all academic programmes. Coursework provides an introduction to sustainable development in a free credit point area. The programme comprises four basic courses open to all students able to acquire free points in their own degree course. For details, please see

Course coordinator: Prof. Patricia Holm


Secretary Program People-Environment-Socienty
Caroline Felber,
Tel. +41 61 267 04 00,

Masterstudies in Sustainable Development
Camelia Chebbi,
Tel. +41 61 267 04 20,