Master's in Global Challenges for Sustainability 2024 Edition

The applications for the 4th edition of the programme starting from September 2024 are now closed. 

The CHARM-EU Master’s in Global Challenges for Sustainability has a transdisciplinary character and focuses on concrete social issues on water, food and life and health. To be able to tackle these issues, students from different backgrounds are selected. The programme consists of three compulsory phases. In the ‘preparatory phase’, the focus is on acquiring general skills, especially in the fields of Sustainability, Social Innovation and Transdisciplinary Research. In the 'flexible phase', students choose from the three tracks on water, food or life & health. In the final, 'capstone phase', students complete a project on a sustainability challenge, in cooperation with an external partner from business or society.

Basic data on the Master's in Global Challenges for Sustainability

  • ECTS: 90
  • Length of course: 18 months
  • Mode of delivery: In-person (CHARM-EU campuses hybridly connected)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Places: 100

Participant universities

  • Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
  • Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Utrecht University (UU)
  • Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
  • Université de Montpellier (UM)

Structure and locations

Phase 1: Preparatory phase (30 ECTS)


  • UB
  • TCD
  • UU 

If the number of admitted students is higher than their capacity, another location can be opened.

Phase 2: Flexible phase (30 ECTS)  Compulsory Mobility
Tracks and locations:     

  • Water (UM)
  • Food (ELTE and UB)
  • Life and Health (ELTE)

Phase 3: Capstone (30 ECTS)

Locations: Depending on the challenges

For more information about the master's and the application process, check our informative short videos

The degree is accredited and jointly awarded by the CHARM-EU alliance institutions* that provide the master's: University of Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, Utrecht University, Eötvös Loránd University and University of Montpellier.

*The Master's programme is accredited in Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Hungary and France.