Masters in English

Schedules and regulations

Teaching concept 

During the year of coursework in Geneva, students will learn about the international organizations and their strategic activities for the SDGs. Scholars working in the UN, global NGOs and State or local administrations are strongly involved in the program. Hands-on and team-based interdisciplinary projects throughout the teaching program involve mentorship from experts in Geneva’s international organizations. This master proposes diverse and innovative forms of teaching: personal work, group work, flipped classrooms, challenged-based learning, hackathons, practical workshops, fieldwork, etc.

Two tracks

Students can choose between two tracks, a Dual Degree (with Tsinghua University) or a Single Degree:


Dual Degree track: This track combines the IHDS interdisciplinary M.Sc. program at the Geneva School of Social Sciences with a Master of Public Administration (called MPP-SDG) program at THU’s School of Public Policy and Management. Students enrol in both universities and spend one year in each university. In addition, students must complete a master thesis with THU, and an internship or group work with UNIGE, usually involving an international organization or NGO in Geneva. Students obtain two degrees after a minimum of two and a half years of study. Students start the Dual Degree at the University where they first register.




Single Degree trackStudents get one degree from University of Geneva (Master of Science in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability). They spend 1 year in Geneva and 1 semester in a partner university. The master thesis or the internship thesis is supervised by a UNIGE professor, but can be based on an internship or fieldwork elsewhere.




Three specializations

Three specialization modules are proposed (only one can be chosen)

  • Sustainable Human Development
  • Standards, Governance and Sustainability
  • Futures of cities and regions



Duration: from 4 semesters (Single Degree track) or 5 semesters (Dual Degree track) to 6 semesters

Core courses

  • Sustainable Development and Political Agendas (compulsory)
  • Culture and Education for Sustainability (elective)
  • Science, Expertise and Sustainable Development (elective)
  • Anthropology of Innovation: comparative perspective (China-Europe) (elective),
  • Workshop 1: Measuring and Predicting Sustainable Development (compulsory)


1 workshop per module:

  • Practice of Sustainable Human Development
  • Standard-Setting for Sustainable Development
  • Urban Futures

Specialization courses:

  • Sustainable Human Development: Human Development, Concepts and Measures (compulsory), Sustainable consumption (elective), Environmental economics and climate change (elective), Development: Theories, policies and practices (elective), Theories and issues of Global Justice (elective),
  • Standards, Governance and Sustainability: Voluntary, Consensus-based Standards (compulsory), Corporate Citizenship (elective), Governance of global supply chains (elective)
  • Futures of cities and regions: Public Policies and Social Justice in the City (compulsory), Cities in transition (elective), Sustainable consumption (elective)

All detailed descriptions of the UNIGE courses are available in the course catalogue (Search by Faculty > Faculté des sciences de la société > Master in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability (2018) in the drop-down menu)

Links to the SDG Dual Degree Track in Tsinghua University (“MPP-SDG”)