• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The three year Global Responsibility and Leadership (GRL) programme at the University of Groningen/Campus Fryslânis is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and consists of input from Human and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Information Technology.

Today’s challenges reflect the dynamic and complex state of world affairs and cut across various academic disciplines. Solutions for these ‘wicked problems’ can no longer come from isolated improvements in one single area. They can only be addressed jointly by government, industry, civil society and academia. Sustainable, future-proof solutions require innovations by change agents and leaders educated in methods of transdisciplinary research. This is what the GRL degree will offer you.

Job prospects

Depending on the Master's programme you chose, you could have a career working within an international organisation, a non-profit organisation or for the local or national government. You may also choose to become an entrepreneur and develop your own sustainable company.

Job examples

  • Policy Advisor
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Consultant
  • Development Specialist


Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

1st year

In the first year you take introductory courses in Politics, Economics, Psychology, the Earth System, Global Health. You also complete a skills lab which consists of courses in Academic Communication, Language and Culture and Statistics. At the end of the first year, you choose your preferred major, in close consultancy with your Academic Advisor. The majors are Responsible Planet, Responsible Economy & Politics, Responsible Humanity.

2nd year

As well as completing courses within your Major you undertake a Living Lab project with one of our partners and complete a Leadership seminar.

3rd year

In the first semester, you can choose to go on a semester abroad, do an internship or fulfil pre-master requirements at the UG or another national or international university. Your final year concludes with a Capstone project. 


In order to study at UCF you need to be interested in global issues, intellectually curious and willing to take on a challenge. Students are socially engaged, internationally minded and ambitious.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

  • Students are required to have successfully obtained a secondary school diploma which allows entry to an academic university. Therefore, students need to obtain a Dutch VWO diploma or international equivalent before gaining entry to the programme.
  • As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test and achieving a minimum grade. Some exemptions will be made for demonstrating English proficiency: Applicants with a VWO diploma and a grade of 7 or higher in English Applicants with a secondary school diploma fully taught and assessed in English. This includes applicants with a IB/EB diploma.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12350 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4085 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4085 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Leeuwarden

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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