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Deadline: 31 March 2011

United Nations University -ISP invites applications for the 2011 postgraduate programme, the Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace.

This programme addresses pressing global issues of sustainability, climate change, development, peacebuilding, and human rights through an innovative interdisciplinary approach that integrates the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The programme is intended for recent graduates, professionals, and practitioners, offering the unique opportunity to study at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to make important contributions towards solving global issues, whether through employment by UN agencies, other international organizations, governments, civil society, or the private sector.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace must possess at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university or institution of higher education.

English Language Requirements

Excellent written and verbal English language skills are required. Applicants whose first language is not English and whose bachelor’s degree is not from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit proof of English language proficiency within the past 2 years. The minimum score requirements for TOEFL or IELTS are listed below:

  • 600 TOEFL paper-based
  • 100 TOEFL internet-based
  • 7.0 IELTS academic version


The following applicants are exempt from submitting a score sheet.

  1. Applicants whose first language is English.
  2. Those who graduated from a university or a graduate school located in a country where English is the first language.
  3. Those who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree programme taught in English. In this case, please submit a certificate showing that the programme you attended was taught in English.
  4. Applicants who submit proof by any other means that have proficiency in English equivalent to that described in item 2) or 3).

Scholarship and Tuition Fee Exemption

Scholarships are available for outstanding applicants. The scholarship covers the tuition fees, and provides a monthly allowance of 150,000 yen for living expenses. 150,000 yen is the average monthly living cost for an international student without dependents in Tokyo, although this will vary depending on the lifestyle of the student. The monthly allowance will be provided for a maximum of 24 months. Travel costs to and from Japan, visa costs and health/accident insurances costs must be covered by the student.

In some cases, tuition fee may be waived for applicants who are not selected as scholarship recipients.

Applicants who wish to apply for a scholarship must submit the Scholarship Application Form concurrently with the Application Form. Please refer to the Scholarship Application Guide for more information.

UNU may terminate the scholarship at any time during the scholarship period if the scholarship holder is considered not to be able to successfully complete the programme. Also, UNU has the right to terminate the scholarship at any time if any of the information on the scholarship holder’s application form is false or misleading.

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