MSc Science for Sustainable Development

Linköping University

Program Description

MSc Science for Sustainable Development

Linköping University

MSc in Science for Sustainable Development, 120 credits

The two-year master’s programme in Science for Sustainable Development aims at providing students with knowledge on environmental change and the challenges of creating a sustainable society for a professional career within research or outside academia.

Issues of sustainability are inherently complex and constantly changing. It is therefore crucial to address these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Core courses are designed to broaden the students’ perspective on questions and challenges related to sustainable development, and at the same time provide opportunities to deepen knowledge in relevant fields. Students also learn how to use relevant analytical tools for studies of environmental change.

Climate science and climate policy are two central points of the programme, since successful mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change are closely linked to the possibilities of achieving sustainable development. Mitigation and adaptation possibilities are linked to the management of water and energy resources. Thus, issues of energy and water resources management, as well as their social, political, bio-geo-chemical and ecological basis, are central points of the programme.

The programme concludes with a longer thesis project, based on the student’s interest and with support from ongoing relevant research. Our research facilities are well equipped with all the necessary analytical equipment you would normally find in environmental research facilities.

Career opportunities

A career in sustainable development will probably bridge academic disciplines and require expertise in multiple areas. Few universities offer such a broad perspective across disciplines in Environmental Science as LiU does.

The programme aims at preparing students to work with issues relating to sustainable development and environmental issues in international and national agencies, universities, municipalities, non-governmental organisations and international corporations. The programme also prepares those students who want to pursue doctoral studies (PhD) in related fields.

Programme facts

  • Degree: Master of Science (120 credits) in Environmental Science
  • Language: English
  • Duration: Two years
  • Pace of study: Full-time
  • Campus: Linköping
  • Application code: LIU-91005
  • Application period: 16 Oct - 15 Jan
  • Start date: August / September

Tuition fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

All others: SEK 110,000 (approx. USD 16,100/EUR 12,000) per academic year

Programme specific requirements

A relevant background for the programme is a degree in either natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, humanities or engineering that relates to environmental, social or economic aspects of sustainable development.

Each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor's essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor's essay or project, then their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other academic activities related to the master's programme.

All supporting documents, including the letter of intent and the specific paper, should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE–838 73 Frösön, Sweden.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
110,000 SEK
Jan. 15, 2017
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Linköping
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 110,000 SEK
All others ( per academic year ) ; Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

Science for Sustainable Development at Linköping University