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The UvA’s Future Planet Studies programme was recently accredited as a separate Bachelor's programme by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The Future Planet Studies programme focuses on future developments in climate and energy and issues of sustainability. The Bachelor’s programme unites various disciplines from the natural and social sciences, and is unique in the Netherlands.

The curriculum focuses on four themes: future challenges and innovative solutions in the area of climate and energy, quality of life (aspects such as biodiversity and sustainability), food and water. In addition to their interdisciplinary courses, students choose a disciplinary major as their main area of study, such as Earth Sciences, Economics or Law. As a result, they will gain both a broad and in-depth knowledge that will allow them to serve as a bridge between specialists from different disciplines.

From Earth Sciences to Economics

Future Planet Studies was launched in 2008 as a track within the Natural and Social Sciences Bachelor’s programme.  The programme is open to students with a broad range of profiles. Students also graduate in a wide variety of disciplines. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree,  students then choose the relevant follow-on Master’s programme depending on their choice of major: Earth Sciences, Ecology & Evolution, Political Science, Economics, Business Studies, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, International and European Law, or Artificial Intelligence. They can also transfer to interdisciplinary Master’s programmes at other national  and international universities.


The Bachelor’s programme is offered by the UvA’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS).