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Earth, Energy and Sustainability, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #128 (QS) Leiden, Netherlands
LUC The Hague offers a broad, flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum, focused on enabling each student to design their own programme of study in accordance with their own personal interests and ambitions. We offer a bachelor degree in Earth, Energy and Sustainability at the Leiden University. 
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At the start of the 20th century there were fewer than 2 billion people. Now at 7 billion, Earth’s population is on target to reach 8 billion by 2027. How has this dramatic increase in human population impacted Earth’s life support systems and natural resources? What is sustainability? How do we achieve a sustainable society? These are very big questions and very complex topics to cover. 

The Earth, Energy and Sustainability major at Leiden University operates at the forefront of the field of environmental sciences, with a balance between understanding key concepts within a classroom setting, and applying the gained knowledge in real-life situations. This major in Earth, Energy and Sustainability offered by the Leiden Unviersity is focused on Ecosystem, Earth systems and Resource Management.

This major might be for you if you are interested in the following questions:

  • What are GMOs and what are the opportunities and risks associated with using them?
  • What are the risks of fracking? And which alternative energy resources do we have available which allow for economic growth while minimizing environmental pollution?
  • How is biodiversity loss related to biofuel production?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Water Resource and River
  • Management
  • Soils, Sediment and Society
  • Alternative Energy Strategies
  • Energy Environment and Sustainability
  • Environment and Development

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Copy of valid passport/European ID Card
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter Form
  • Copy of most recent transcripts
  • LUC Application Form
  • Application fee
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Recommendation Letter

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15300 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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