Global Challenges for Sustainability (Charm EU) (M.Sc.)

NFQ Level 9
 18 months full-time
100 (located across five universities) Places


Course Overview

The CHARM-EU Masters in Global Challenges for Sustainability offers a unique international learning opportunity. CHARM-EU students will have the chance to address the pressing need for sustainability in a transdisciplinary and challenge-based environment. This international programme will employ innovative pedagogical approaches and mechanisms to engage staff and students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to facilitate, foster and enhance the links between education, research and innovation. Furthermore, active engagement with CHARM-EU’s extended network of academic experts and extra-academic actors(i.e. business, community and society). increases the potential development and employability of our graduates.

The Masters degree is accredited and jointly awarded by the five CHARM-EU partner universities: University of Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, Utrecht University, Eötvös Loránd University, and University of Montpellier.

Is This Course For Me?

This programme is aimed at high quality graduates from diverse relevant backgrounds who intend to work in sustainable policy and communication roles, social innovation and action either within existing companies (intrapreneurship) or via generation of new enterprises (entrepreneurship), and academic research in this area.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have pursued sustainable policy and communication roles, entrepreneurship, sustainability specialist and consultancy roles within a wide range of companies, as well as further academic research.

Course Structure

Delivered full-time over 18 months, this 90-ECTS Masters degree is comprised of a 30 ECTS preparatory phase containing modules on sustainability, social innovation and transdisciplinary research; a 30 ECTS flexible phase with transdisciplinary modules related to water, food or life and health; and a 30 ECTS Capstone on a sustainability challenge in collaboration with extra academic actors.

Course Content

The Masters degree consists of seven modules in total divided between three consecutive phases.

Phase 1 is a preparatory phase with three compulsory modules:Sustainability:Social Innovation.Transdisciplinary Research.

Phase 2 is a flexible phase with three modules in one theme, selected from three thematic pathways. The Food pathway includes the following modules: The Food-Health-Environment Nexus; Food Systems and their Transformations; and Socially Just and Sustainable Food Systems. The Water pathway includes the following modules: Extremes in the Water Cycle and their Complex Consequences; Adaptation Measures and Strategies in Water Management; Resilient Cities: Water in Urban Environments. The Life and Health pathway includes the following modules: Health Systems and Policies; Health Challenges; and Healthy Lives and Wellbeing.

Phase 3 introduces a capstone project (worth 30 ETS). During this phase, students work collaboratively with their peers, academic staff, and extra- academic actors (e.g. business and society) on an authentic sustainability challenge which is based on the student’s original disciplinary field.

The modules consist of lectures, seminars and workshops. These sessions will also be paired with self-study work, assignment preparation and project work, individually and in teams.

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Study the Master's in Global Challenges for Sustainability (CHARM-EU)

The Master's programme in Global Challenges for Sustainability, run by CHARM-EU, has a transdisciplinary character and focuses on concrete social issues on water, food and health.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

100 (located across five universities) Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Dr Annemarie Bennett

Closing Date

20th March 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent. In the case of students with a French Licence, they will need an additional 30 ECTS for admission.

English language certification at C1 level is necessary for admission. Students with B2 level will be considered in conjunction with other admission criteria but must attain C1 level before programme registration.

Applicants must complete the relevant forms and upload the required documents on the University of Barcelona admission portal.

You can find the required documents on the Charm EU website at:


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