European Master Study in Systems Dynamics

Education objectives

The European master programme in System Dynamics builds on the strengths of four leading universities in the field: the University of Bergen (Norway), the New University of Lisbon (Portugal), the University of Palermo (Italy) and Radboud University (the Netherlands). The programme is specifically designed for students who are interested in learning how to initiate strategic change in organizations, supported by the use of computer simulation models.

This master programme is the first international master programme in System Dynamics in Europe. Our goal is to teach you everything you need to know for starting an international career in strategic modeling with System Dynamics. After you have finished our master programme, you will know how to build a System Dynamics model, how to apply it to a variety of real life problems and how to facilitate the model building process with the client, in such a way that not only a high-quality model can be built, but what is equally important, that a strategic change can be achieved and policies can be implemented. No other programme in System Dynamics in the world offers you this combination of model building and group facilitation skills. Furthermore, the programme offers a unique and intense international experience that will prepare you for an extensive international career. First of all, working, studying and sometimes living with your fellow international students will teach you a great deal of intercultural communication and understanding. Second, studying at three different universities in three different countries will help you learn adapt and become more of a cosmopolitan, at home all over the world. All of these skills are highly appreciated by top range employers in the field, and will therefore make you a very interesting job candidate for employers.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



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Access to a 3rd cycle


Nuno Miguel Ribeiro Videira Costa

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1000 €/semester


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Degree pre-requisites

The European Master Study in System Dynamics comprises 3 semesters of course work (90 ECTS) and one semester for thesis work (30 ECTS). The programme of studies is offered by 4 different universities in the scope of the Erasmus Mundus Program. Students must take the following courses:
1st Semester: 30 ECTS at the University of Bergen, Norway;
2nd Semester: 30 ECTS in the area of Environmental Systems and Sustainability  at FCT-UNL, Portugal, or, alternatively, 30 ECTS in the area of Systems Dynamics at the University of Palermo, Italy;
3rd Semester: 30 ECTS at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands;
4th Semester: Preparation of the MSc dissertation (30 ECTS) in one of the 4 universities involved in the studies programme.

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
System Dynamics DS 90  
Environmental Systems and Sustainability or System Dynamics SAS / DS   30
TOTAL 90 30

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