Course content – Sustainability Science: Governance and Law

On this page you can inform yourself about the curriculum of the Masters programme Sustainability Science: Governance and Law. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the contact points listed under "Contact and Counselling" and make use of the counselling services offered by the Graduate School.

Course structure

Overview of Modules Master Sustainability Science: Governance and Law (M.A.) ©Leuphana
Overview of Modules Master Sustainability Science: Governance and Law (M.A.)

Elective modules

1st Semester

  • Introduction to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions
  • Introduction I: Organisational Sustainability Transformation Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Psychology and Sustainability
  • Accountability and Participation in the Global South

2nd Semester

  • Research Methods: Multivariate Approaches
  • Sustainability Psychology: Research & Application
  • Current topics of Sustainability Science I
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Experimental Methods
  • Environmental Economics

3rd Semester

  • Renewable Resources
  • Communication of Scientific Results
  • Sustainable Energies
  • Current Topics of Sustainability Science II
  • Psychology and the Society: Political Negotiations and Sustainability
  • Climate Governance in the Global South

Subject-specific area

Sustainability Science Integration Area

In this area (25 CP), students from all specialisations in sustainability science come together and are introduced to the field and methods of sustainability science. This area also includes an inter- and transdisciplinary student research project in which students work on sustainability-related problems in teams together with scientists and practitioners.

Profile Modules

In the compulsory profile modules (30 CP), the in-depth study of the specialisation Governance and Law takes place. The profile area starts in the first semester with an introductory module in the research area, which is deepened in the following two semesters.


The electives (20 CP) offer a wide range of opportunities to develop an individual specialisation with modules in the natural sciences, sustainability and social sciences of your choice. The electives ensure that the Master's programmes are linked to sustainability science and provide additional width to the range of courses on offer.

Master's thesis/master's forum

At the end of the Master's programme, students write their Master's thesis (25 CP). This process is accompanied by the compulsory Master's forum (5 CP) and the exchange with academic staff and fellow students.

Complementary studies

The Complementary Studies are an essential part of the special teaching model of Leuphana. It supplements and expands students' subject-specific learning with the following three modules (5 CP each) with critical academic and practical perspectives from all faculties:

  1. Engaging with Knowledge and Sciences (in the 1st Semester)
  2. Reflecting on Research Methods (in the 2nd Semester)
  3. Connecting Science, Responsibility and Society (in the 3rd Semester)

Masters thesis

Generally, the master's thesis is written at the end of the degree programme. All the information about the master's thesis and how to organise your master's thesis in five steps has been compiled for you on the website Master's thesis.

In addition, helpful courses for writing the master's thesis are regularly offered as part of the GradSkills.

Study regulations/subject-specific schedule

The following link provides access to documents which set out the general conditions for examinations, an overview of the curriculum, as well as detailed and legally binding regulations.

General Assessment Regulations and the Subject-Specific Schedules

Course catalogue

In the course catalogue you can get an overview of the courses currently offered and their specific contents.

Contact and Counselling

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