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LDE Sustainability Honours Programme

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable world? In the LDE Sustainability Honours Programme you will gain fundamental knowledge on sustainability and tackle a real-world sustainability challenge.

This unique interdisciplinary programme is a joint initiative of the Honours Academies of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE Alliance) and the LDE Centre for Sustainability.

For whom?

The Bachelor Honours Programme Sustainability is open to motivated second- and third-year bachelor’s students, who want to develop their fundamental knowledge on sustainability and develop practical skills by addressing real-world sustainability challenges. Only students registered at Leiden University, TU Delft or Erasmus University Rotterdam can apply.

Please note: it is not possible to follow (part of) this programme online.


The goal of this joint honours programme is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to make a contribution towards a sustainable society. The programme runs from November up and to June and is split up into two parts: learning the Sustainability Fundamentals (5 EC) and designing solutions in a real-world Sustainability Challenge (10 EC). See news items below for examples from last year. 

In the first part of the programme – Fundamentals – expert lecturers from the three universities, as well as invited guest speakers, introduce you to key topics in today’s sustainability research. They provide you with state-of-the-art insights on major global challenges, global sustainability transitions, impacts of social and technological change, systems thinking and design methods. This fundamental knowledge will prepare you for working on the second, practical part of the programme.

In the second part of the programme – the Sustainability Challenge – students from all three universities team up to take on a real-life societal sustainability challenge. You apply your newly gained knowledge from the Fundamentals to a current, relevant problem provided by regional stakeholders. These can be civic organisations, municipalities as well as non-profit and for-profit companies. In interdisciplinary teams you design and present novel solutions that help accelerate sustainable change.

For a more detailed description of these courses, please view the Prospectus


Upon successful completion of the full programme, students will receive a certificate and have both courses mentioned as extracurricular education on their diploma supplement. 


Esther van der Ent Coördinator LDE Bachelor Honours Programme Sustainability
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