Linköping University

Introduction

Innovators

Innovative, high-ranking Linköping University in southeastern Sweden offers a wide range of English-taught master’s programmes. Linköping University graduates are particularly popular with employers, with an independent study showing that they are amongst the first in the country to gain employment. Linköping University, with over 28,000 students at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, the quiet performer from the Swedish heartlands.

High-ranking young uni

Linköping University – or LiU, as it’s often called – ranked 26th in the 2014 QS ranking of the world’s best universities less than 50 years old. As a relatively young university, it’s free of the traditions that obstruct innovation and creativity. For instance LiU was the first Swedish university to embrace interdisciplinary teaching and research – blending technology, sciences and the humanities. LiU advocates sharing and collaboration, rather than isolationism and ”keeping my stuff to myself”.

Students from overseas appreciate Linköping University’s flat hierarchies and hands-on approach. You address your lecturers and professors by their first name. Labs at LiU have enough capacity that you can often do some actual lab work yourself.

Business successes

Sweden’s population is just less than ten million – not much by world standards. But the country certainly punches above its weight in the business sector. Successful businesses born in Sweden include IKEA, H&M, Volvo, Scania, SAAB, Ericsson, TetraPak, AtlasCopco, Skype, Spotify and Mojang – the developers of Minecraft.

Life in Sweden

So how is life in Sweden? Well the winters are actually a delight – provided you rug up properly. Accommodation is comfortable; with central heating and industrial-strength insulation you’ll stay warm while it’s snowy outside. Prices are much on a par with the UK and rents are reasonable. People can be a little reserved, but are helpful and friendly once you get them talking.

Bikes and hikes

International master’s students at Linköping University love the easy lifestyle on offer in the twin towns of Linköping and Norrköping. A bicycle is the best way to get around, usually on separate bike lanes – that are even ploughed in winter. The surrounding region is beautiful, with easy access to lakes, hiking areas and wilderness, and the national capital of Stockholm is only about 90 minutes away by train. Because most Swedish master’s programmes at LiU are two-years long, you have plenty of time for a life outside your studies. So you don’t just leave with a degree. You learn, but you also live.

Quick facts - Linköping University

  • Four faculties: Technology, Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences and Educational Sciences
  • Four campuses: Linköping, Norrköping, Linköping University Hospital, Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies
  • Regional companies include Saab, Ericsson, Siemens, Holmen Paper, BT Industries, Electrolux
  • International collaboration includes: Fudan University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Nanyang Technological University, Stanford University, University of Edinburgh

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MSc in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The two-year master’s programme in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organizations (SMIO) aims to educate future leaders with good judgment, who can make well-balanced decisions. The program combines fundamental academic knowledge (thinking and reasoning) and experiential knowledge (skills) to prepare students to go beyond applying known solutions to known problems. [+]

The two-year master’s programme in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organizations (SMIO) aims to educate future leaders with good judgment, who can make well-balanced decisions. The program combines fundamental academic knowledge (thinking and reasoning) and experiential knowledge (skills) to prepare students to go beyond applying known solutions to known problems. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have acquired good analytical skills and the ability to think strategically. The international focus of courses and the international composition of the SMIO class help to prepare students to work in international organisations. Programme description Term 1 The courses of the first term focus on strategy by studying the two elements that strategy unites: the inside of the organisation and the surroundings in which it works. The first course, Classic Leadership and Organization Dilemmas (15 ECTS), takes strategy as a starting point and explores a number of classic dilemmas (such as how to divide scarce resources between exploration and exploitation activities) and the resulting leadership and organization challenges. The second course, Contemporary International Management Paradoxes (15 ECTS), also starts by considering strategy, but looks outside of the organisation. It considers, in particular, globalisation issues and a large-scale perspective. The course will initially take you on a historical journey to help you understand how we ended up where we are, and then zoom in on a number of challenges and paradoxes that organisations are facing. The skills developed in the first term are classic academic ones such as ‘learning to learn’, argumentative writing, visualization methods, rhetoric, critical thinking and analysis. Term 2 The dilemmas and paradoxes that students met in the first term were of the kind that are insoluble –they cannot be solved once and for all, and must be continuously managed. The second term, therefore, focusses on analytical tools and models that can be used to manage the dilemmas and paradoxes that were introduced in the first term. The term starts with Business Finance (7.5 ECTS), a hands‑on case-based course that focusses on how to apply the techniques of business finance and solve problems. Management Control Systems (7.5 ECTS) is the second course of the term and focusses on issues such as performance measures and incentive systems through a number of cases. The third course, Perspectives on Human Resource Management (7.5 ECTS), starts with classic HRM issues and goes on to deal with contemporary models and challenges, such as how to work with HR in increasingly temporary and project-based organisations. The term ends with a project (7.5 ECTS) in which you will synthesize what you have learned during the past two terms. Two approaches are offered, and your choice depends on your interests. The first approach is to work together with a company and help it to solve a problem. You are then to write a project report based on your findings. The second approach is suitable for those interested in a research career, and involves taking on a research problem and working together with one of the professors at the department. The skills developed during the term are qualitative and quantitative analysis, argumentation, writing, presentation and communication skills, project management, and teamwork. Term 3 The third term also focusses on analytical tools and models that can be used to manage the dilemmas and paradoxes of the first term. The term starts with Strategy – Classic and Contemporary Views (15 ECTS), which will introduce you to various eras of strategic thinking, in the form of ‘Big’, ‘Best’, ‘Fast’, and ‘Beautiful’. The second and final course before the thesis is a choice between two options. If you are interested in innovation, project management, knowledge creation and integration, and working in high-tech companies, you can choose to study Innovation and Project Management (15 ECTS). If, however, you are interested in marketing and sales, and issues of branding, product design and understanding consumers, you can choose to study Advanced Consumer Marketing (15 ECTS). The term will end with the development of a proposal for your master’s thesis. The skills developed during the term are further qualitative analysis and argumentation. Term 4 The fourth term is dedicated entirely to your master’s thesis (30 ECTS), which will be written in teams of two. You will independently develop a research problem, design and carry out a study, analyse data, synthesise results, present it all in writing and defend your work in a public seminar. Each pair will be appointed a thesis advisor and will become part of the advisor’s thesis group, which will meet regularly to discuss and give feedback on the work as it progresses. The master’s thesis will tie together the programme and enhance your ability to solve problems independently and in a scholarly manner. Career opportunities Upon completion of the Business Administration master’s programme, students will be competent analysts and competitive candidates for employment in international organizations in general. Students who specialize in Innovation and Project Management will be ready to work within high-tech companies, and be equipped with a special understanding of highly innovative settings and project-based organizing. Students who specialize in Marketing will instead have a good foundation for understanding customer behavior, new market research methods and brands. Among our alumni we find for example consultants, business analysts, innovation strategists, marketing and brand executives, HR managers and project managers. Some alumni have also started their own businesses while others have chosen to pursue an academic career through doctoral studies. [-]

MSSc in Child Studies

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 - 2  August 2017 Sweden Linköping

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary master’s programme that focusses on the critical study of questions related to children and childhood. The programme is mainly taught online, with some short campus periods. The programme can be taken as a one-year master’s degree (60 credits) or a two‑year master’s degree (120 credits). [+]

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary master’s programme that focusses on the critical study of questions related to children and childhood. The programme is mainly taught online, with some short campus periods. The programme can be taken as a one-year master’s degree (60 credits) or a two‑year master’s degree (120 credits). A core focus of the programme is how to apply the latest research findings in order to critically review, develop and improve policies and practices related to children and childhood. The programme further provides the theoretical and methodological tools that prepare students for designing, planning and conducting research in topics that concern children, childhood and families. Programme description Child Studies is an interdisciplinary master’s programme that focusses on the critical study of questions related to children and childhood. The programme is mainly taught online, with some short campus periods. The programme can be taken as a one-year master’s degree (60 credits) or a two‑year master’s degree (120 credits). A core focus of the programme is how to apply the latest research findings in order to critically review, develop and improve policies and practices related to children and childhood. The programme further provides the theoretical and methodological tools that prepare students for designing, planning and conducting research in topics that concern children, childhood and families. The programme is hosted by the internationally renowned research department in Child Studies at Linköping University, which has conducted research in child and childhood studies since 1988. The teachers on the programme are active researchers, which guarantees that cutting-edge knowledge is presented in all courses. Broaden and deepen your knowledge The programme comprises one year of full-time studies (60 credits option) or two years (120 credits option). Both years include a research methods course and a master’s thesis course. This means that you can either finish your studies with a one-year master’s degree or continue to take the second year and obtain a two-year master’s degree. During the first term, you will be introduced to the interdisciplinary field of child studies with a special focus on historical, anthropological and sociological perspectives. Each of the three courses introduces you to a methodological approach to child studies. You will learn more about how to design and conduct a research study in child studies during the two courses on methodology (terms 2 and 4), which will prepare you for your master’s theses – one in year one and one in year two. For each thesis you will have an individually appointed thesis supervisor. The remaining courses of the programme are dedicated to various areas in child studies including: children’s rights, parents and the family, education and school, migration, culture, the media, and health. These courses will give you a broad knowledge about the various questions that concern the lives of children, and they will deepen your knowledge of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives in child studies. Online and on-campus training Most of the courses are taught online with the aid of a digital learning platform. Most of the course literature is also accessible on-line through the electronic resources of the LiU library. This allows for some flexibility as to where and when you conduct your studies. The programme has high academic standards, however, and requires full-time study. In addition to online tuition, the programme comprises five campus periods of durations between 2 and 5 days, which are mandatory for all students. The campus periods comprise both academic seminars and social activities, during which students get to know each other and the teachers on the programme. This will facilitate online communication throughout the rest of the programme. Career opportunities Student of the master’s programme in Child Studies will be prepared for a career within governmental authorities and companies as well as local organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, whose activities affect children and their living conditions. The programme prepares professionals in the fields of, for example, education, politics, social work and care, who are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge in issues dealing with children and their living conditions. Graduates can also follow a career in research or continue their studies towards doctoral degree. [-]

MSSc in Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 - 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

This is a full-time programme that focusses on intersectional gender, i.e. gender and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials such as ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, and (dis)ability. The programme is offered as a one‑year option, 60 credits, or a two-year option, 120 credits. [+]

This is a full-time programme that focusses on intersectional gender, i.e. gender and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials such as ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, and (dis)ability. The programme is offered as a one‑year option, 60 credits, or a two-year option, 120 credits. This is a full-time programme that gives you the opportunity to explore how processes of social and cultural change can be initiated or sustained by integrating a critical understanding of intersectional gender, by counteracting multiple inequalities and processes of discrimination, and by other kinds of transformative work. You will learn how to actively change, develop and challenge existing norms and structures. The programme combines online distance education with intensive mandatory on-campus gatherings. You will interact with your teachers and fellow programme members via a digital classroom. Three mandatory on-campus weeks will be held each year, the first one at the start of the programme. Programme description The programme focusses on intersectional gender, i.e. gender and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials such as ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, and (dis)ability. The programme is offered as a one‑year option, 60 credits, or a two-year option, 120 credits. This is a full-time programme that gives you the opportunity to explore how processes of social and cultural change can be initiated or sustained by integrating a critical understanding of intersectional gender, by counteracting multiple inequalities and processes of discrimination and by other kinds of transformative work. You will learn how to actively change, develop and challenge existing norms and structures. Students taking the programme usually have a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, for example in sociology, teaching, psychology, political science, and business administration. The programme provides you with knowledge of theories and methodologies in gender studies – intersectionality and change, and enables you to develop academic skills to analyse and to intervene innovatively and professionally in gendered and intersectional processes of transformation in society. A key ambition is to offer opportunities to reflect on and develop an understanding of the links between activism, theory, professional development and career paths. Online and on-campus gatherings The programme combines online distance education with intensive mandatory on-campus gatherings. You will interact with your teachers and fellow programme members via a digital classroom. Three mandatory on-campus weeks will be held each year, the first one at the start of the programme. The courses consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervisions and course assignments, both in the on‑campus classroom and online. In addition to this, you are expected to engage in independent studies. The forms of instruction, which are based primarily on the use of the internet, place greater demands on your own activity than a purely campus-based programme. Learning environment The teachers draw on their own research in their teaching, for example on cultural practices and representations, methodological intersectional interventions, knowledge production, postcolonial feminisms, equality work, masculinities, and sexualities. We mix traditional teaching formats with formats that are not found in the conventional academic toolbox. We encourage, for example, written and spoken performances that challenge traditional boundaries between academic and creative writing, speaking and intervening. We encourage you to draw on your own experiences and to contribute to developing the content of seminars. We give you the opportunity to work in tutorial groups; i.e. students are divided into smaller groups that discuss various topics with a tutor. We want you to write reflection journals during some of the courses. To give you the latest update on current research, we invite you to take part in our seminars at the Unit for Gender Studies, an excellent and internationally renowned milieu for intersectional gender research. This is one of the largest interdisciplinary research and teaching units for intersectional gender studies in the Nordic countries with a staff of more than 30 researchers, including four full professors and many PhD students. Career opportunities As a student of the master’s programme in Gender Studies – Intersectionality and Change you will be prepared for a career in higher education and research as well as professional work with intersectional gender in organisations, media, communication and politics. This programme can also develop your current career through further training within gender work. Below follows some examples of jobs of some of our alumni: Tess Consoli, PhD student, University of Massachusetts, Boston, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development. Saad Khan, Staff Researcher, Institute of Educational Development, Brac University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. [-]

MSSc in International and European Relations

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The master’s programme approaches issues related to European relations in the context of an international society and global governance. It is suitable for students with a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with a special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs. [+]

The master’s programme approaches issues related to European relations in the context of an international society and global governance. It is suitable for students with a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with a special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs. Students will be equipped with the skills necessary to face the challenges of an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general field of international and European relations. Programme description The master’s programme approaches issues related to European relations in the context of an international society and global governance. It is suitable for students with a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with a special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs. Students will be equipped with the skills necessary to face the challenges of an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general field of international and European relations. The programme is divided into four components, each equivalent to one term: International relations European relations International governance/Guided internship Master’s thesis The curriculum consists of topics ranging from international law and security, to European institutions and Europe’s external relations, theories of international relations and organisation, foreign policy analysis, contemporary issues of international governance, and research design and methodology. During the third term, students have the option of either taking courses with a general focus on international and global governance, or to pursue a guided internship with an organisation of relevance for international or European relations. By the end of the programme students will have developed an independent critical approach to complex global, and specifically European, issues. Furthermore, students will gain the skills and knowledge to contribute actively to important developments, either as practitioners or as researchers. Students will also be able to: Understand the history, theory and contemporary implications of international and European relations, as well as the forces that drive developments Acquire the tools to reflect upon and analyse the dynamics of contemporary international and European relations Develop an in-depth understanding of issues regarding international governance and their significance Independently design a research question, conduct inquiries and then report on scientific matters within international and European relations. The programme staff are engaged in research concerning international theory and the development of international norms and institutions, European security and foreign relations, regional development, political economy, federalism, policy analysis and political theory. Career opportunities The programme prepares students for a professional career in governmental institutions and in international public organisations, as well as in the private and non-governmental sectors. Graduates from the programme can be found today in such institutions, working with various aspects from running policy programmes to scientific research. The courses also provide a solid foundation for further studies and research within European and international studies. [-]

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MSc in Aeronautical Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The master’s programme in Aeronautical Engineering at Linköping University offers a holistic view on aircraft design. An aircraft is a complex, integrated, closely connected system of various technologies and disciplines such as: aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, actuation systems and other on-board systems. [+]

The master’s programme in Aeronautical Engineering at Linköping University offers a holistic view on aircraft design. An aircraft is a complex, integrated, closely connected system of various technologies and disciplines such as: aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, actuation systems and other on-board systems. All these disciplines need to be optimised in order to achieve the functionality and the efficiency required of an aircraft. The latter part of the programme involves a project in which these disciplines come together and challenge students to design, build and fly an aircraft, or a subscale version of one. Aeronautical Engineering The master’s programme in Aeronautical Engineering at Linköping University offers a holistic view on aircraft design. An aircraft is a complex, integrated, closely connected system of various technologies and disciplines such as: aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, actuation systems and other on-board systems. All these disciplines need to be optimised in order to achieve the functionality and the efficiency required of an aircraft. The latter part of the programme involves a project in which these disciplines come together and challenge students to design, build and fly an aircraft, or a subscale version of one. Linköping is the aviation capital of Sweden and one of few aviation cities in the world. Saab Aeronautics, the producer of the highly successful Gripen fighter aircraft, is a major actor in the region. Other related companies and military aviation establishments that reinforce Linköping’s aviation character are located in or close to the city. The Aeronautical Engineering programme benefits from this, as some of the teachers have affiliations to the industry. Moreover, there is close research collaboration between the university and the industry. The first year of the programme deals with the fundamentals of aeronautics, such as: aircraft design, aerodynamics, engineering system design, product modelling, and aircraft systems and installation. Throughout the programme, special attention is given to a thorough progression with significant use of contemporary engineering design tools. A project is started in the second half of the first year and continues through the first half of the second year. Elective courses give students the opportunity to obtain broader knowledge in other areas, such as vehicle aerodynamics and wind turbine engineering. The final term constitutes a master’s thesis and the student is expected to present an individual project with a written paper. Career opportunities The Aeronautical Engineering master's programme is designed to prepare students for careers within the aerospace industry, ranging from conceptual aircraft design and aircraft engineering to related fields such as vehicle engineering or wind turbine engineering. Students will also be prepared for a research career. [-]

MSc in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The master’s programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology deals with animal behaviour and biology from an applied perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. Students gain a good working knowledge of the programme’s central issues, such as the biology of stress and its role in animal welfare, the effects of domestication on animal behaviour, the physiology of behaviour, and conservation biology. [+]

The master’s programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology deals with animal behaviour and biology from an applied perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. Students gain a good working knowledge of the programme’s central issues, such as the biology of stress and its role in animal welfare, the effects of domestication on animal behaviour, the physiology of behaviour, and conservation biology. The programme is taught in collaboration with Kolmården Wildlife Park, one of the largest and most highly renowned zoos in Sweden. A number of teaching sessions are held at the zoo where students acquire first-hand knowledge from experienced zoologists. Programme description The master’s programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology deals with animal behaviour and biology from an applied perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. Students gain a good working knowledge of the programme’s central issues, such as the biology of stress and its role in animal welfare, the effects of domestication on animal behaviour, the physiology of behaviour and conservation biology. The programme is taught in collaboration with Kolmården Wildlife Park, one of the largest and most highly renowned zoos in Sweden. A number of teaching sessions are held at the zoo where students acquire first-hand knowledge from experienced zoologists. The programme provides students with a solid understanding of the theory and methods of applied ethology and broadens their understanding of animal biology through courses such as: Theory of Applied Ethology Methods of Applied Ethology Behavioural Neurobiology Behaviour Genetics Zoobiology Primate Ethology In situ Conservation Biology In addition to classroom lectures and seminars, students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects involving studies of animals in captive environments. The key part of the programme is a one‑year degree project in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge. After completing the programme, students will be well acquainted with theories of animal behaviour and biology and they will have a deeper understanding of animal welfare and conservation. Further, they will be trained to plan, implement and present a scientific investigation within the scientific field of the programme. Career opportunities Completed studies qualify students for postgraduate education at the doctoral level. Non-academic options include working within governmental and international animal or environmental agencies. Graduates can become animal welfare inspectors, wildlife conservationists or advisors for zoos and private companies. [-]

MSc in Communication Systems

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The Communication Systems programme offers a broad curriculum in communication systems, focussing on the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the design of digital and wireless communication systems. The programme has a solid theoretical base in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and the design and optimisation of communication systems and networks. [+]

The Communication Systems programme offers a broad curriculum in communication systems, focussing on the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the design of digital and wireless communication systems. The programme has a solid theoretical base in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and the design and optimisation of communication systems and networks. This programme is highly competitive, and students will need advanced skills in mathematics and a strong sense of dedication. Programme description The Communication Systems programme offers a broad curriculum in communication systems, focussing on the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the design of digital and wireless communication systems. We are living in an increasingly networked society. The number of mobile phone users is rising by 50 million per month, while video streaming and social networking are pushing data volume demands. New applications for the internet-of-things are set to revolutionise the coming decades by creating a paradigm in which machines communicate with each other. The exponential growth in the use of communication devices needs skilled engineers to drive technological development and inspire new inventions. The Communication Systems master’s programme has a solid theoretical base in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and the design and optimisation of communication systems and networks. This programme is highly competitive, and students will need advanced skills in mathematics and a strong sense of dedication. The first year (two terms) comprises mandatory courses in communication systems engineering, such as digital communication, wireless communication, information networks, and image and audio coding. The third term offers elective courses within electrical and computer engineering, mathematics and physics. It also includes a compulsory project, during which students learn project management, apply their knowledge to build a communication system, and work in teams with other students. The final term is devoted to the thesis, work for which may be carried out in collaboration with a tech company, such as Ericsson or Saab, or as an internal project in the university. Most courses have traditional lectures and tutorials, and all courses include practical laboratory work. The Communications Systems division at Linköping University is at the forefront of research into 5G, the next-generation mobile network technology. The division is particularly known for its seminal research on massive MIMO systems, which is carried out in a collaboration with Lund University, Ericsson and Bell Labs, among others. The division is a partner in the EU-sponsored FP7-MAMMOET project, and a member of the Swedish government’s strategic initiatives ELLIIT and Security-Link. Career opportunities The programme prepares students for a career in engineering within different branches of telecommunications, in traditional communication companies as well as start-ups and companies that take the first steps into communications to realise the Internet-of-things. The programme also makes you well prepared to carry out PhD studies in different areas of communications, such as 5G, machine-to-machine communication, satellites, RFID and indoor positioning. Alumni of the programme have taken on many different careers, such as senior software developer, technical coordinator for product development, and researcher on defence communications. [-]

MSc in Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

Computer science and technology play a key role in every part of the modern world. The master’s programme in Computer Science is based on the need for computer scientists to master the theoretical foundations of the field and be able to integrate them with other technologies. [+]

Computer science and technology play a key role in every part of the modern world. The master’s programme in Computer Science is based on the need for computer scientists to master the theoretical foundations of the field and be able to integrate them with other technologies. In addition to core courses in theoretical computer science and programming, the programme includes elective courses, such as artificial intelligence, databases and data mining, the design and programming of computer games, information security, advanced computer graphics, human-computer interaction and theoretical computer science. Applicants are expected to have an adequate background in computer science and good programming skills. Programme description This programme is aimed at students with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. You will learn how to master the theoretical foundations of the field and integrate them with other technologies. Computer science is one of the most dynamic and expansive fields of science. In addition to having a deep understanding of the theoretical and technical foundations, professionals in this field must be able to apply the technology to challenging problems and integrate it with other technologies. Applicants are expected to have an adequate background in computer science and good programming skills. The first three terms include not only core courses in theoretical computer science and programming, but also elective courses, such as artificial intelligence, databases and data mining, the design and programming of computer games, information security, advanced computer graphics, human-computer interaction and theoretical computer science. Most courses feature lectures in theory and techniques, which are then applied in practical laboratory work. Some courses also feature projects and seminars. The programme offers five specialisations: Visualisation and Computer Graphics (new 2016) Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining Computer Networks, Distributed Systems and Security Embedded Systems Programming and Software Methods. It is not mandatory to follow a specialisation: you may also tailor your own combination of courses, with full freedom of choice. All specialisations are given in Linköping, except Visualisation and Computer Graphics, which is given at Campus Norrköping. In the final term you write a thesis, either on your own or with a fellow student. The work involved may be carried out in collaboration with a company, or as a research project within the university. Linköping University is home to one of the most important centres of computer science and engineering in Northern Europe. With 20 full professors, it is renowned for top-quality research and education. Adjacent to the campus is Mjärdevi Science Park, an incubator with 300 knowledge-intensive companies where many of our alumni are employed. Career opportunities After completing this programme, you will have the necessary skills to find work at the forefront of modern software and computer systems technology, as an operating system designer, Internet security specialist, or with visualisation in fields such as medicine, business, and social sciences. You may also opt for a career in research or continued studies towards a doctoral degree. [-]

MSc in Design

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping Norrköping + 1 more

This programme incorporates established and innovative design concepts in a unique interdisciplinary setup. Studio courses form the backbone of the programme, providing the fundamentals of working with societal challenges. The challenges are defined on a yearly basis, ranging from Food Waste and Civility to Nomadic Welfare. [+]

The new master’s programme in Design offers a studio-based, interdisciplinary approach to design, with collaborations tackling societal challenges. This programme incorporates established and innovative design concepts in a unique interdisciplinary setup. Studio courses form the backbone of the programme, providing the fundamentals of working with societal challenges. The challenges are defined on a yearly basis, ranging from Food Waste and Civility to Nomadic Welfare. The programme features three design tracks, allowing you to develop your skills within an area of speciality. Current tracks are Sustainable Futures, Transformative Service and Visual Media. Please be advised that this programme has a multi-campus setup, with courses offered in Linköping and Norrköping as well as online. Programme description The new master’s programme in Design offers a studio-based, interdisciplinary approach to design, with collaborations tackling societal challenges. Established and innovative design concepts are incorporated in a unique interdisciplinary setup across campuses. Businesses, organisations and government agencies are facing ever more complex challenges that require innovative approaches. Increasingly, the field of design is expected to come up with answers and help achieve progress. The purpose of this programme is to train qualified and confident designers who can enter these complex contexts, take on a leading role and co-create solid, sustainable solutions. We are reaching out to students with different backgrounds – not necessarily with previous academic design qualifications, but with excellent design abilities and a desire to develop design beyond specific materials and disciplines. This programme incorporates established and innovative design concepts in a unique interdisciplinary setup. Studio courses form the backbone of the programme, providing the fundamentals of working with societal challenges. The challenges are defined on a yearly basis, ranging from Food Waste and Civility to Nomadic Welfare. Theoretical courses and design projects run alongside studio work. You develop generic design skills and knowledge of design facilitation, co-creative practices and design history. You learn about designing and change and how to make design a strategic practice that is embedded in organisations. Projects are carried out in mixed-competence groups, sometimes with students from other programmes, across campuses with blended learning, using physical and digital resources. You interact with companies, organisations and entrepreneurs. Elective courses are structured into tracks allowing you to develop skills within an area of speciality. Current tracks offered are: Sustainable Futures - Design of sustainable systems, with accompanying business models, products and services. Project-based exploration of future solutions that may further a transition to a sustainable society and empower people interacting with those systems. Transformative Service - Design and innovation for the service sector, including welfare and industrial service. Engaging humans at the centre of design projects and developing service concepts and social innovations to facilitate transformation of practices and co-creation of value. Visual Media - Design of interactive visual environments, going beyond screens and handheld units towards augmented and immersive approaches. Studio-based exploration of advanced concepts at the intersection of graphic design, interaction design and information visualisation. For your thesis, you are expected to undertake an individual project that comprises practical design work and writing a thesis. Linköping University is one of Sweden’s leading design research universities, with world-class research into design for services, a state-of-the-art facility for visual media research, and a strong team devoted to design and sustainability. Career opportunities MSc Design graduates will be prepared for advanced careers as designers in inter-disciplinary design environments. You may find employment: - as interaction designers or product designers - with designing for service or policy - in the public or voluntary sectors - as an entrepreneur or with start-ups - with social innovation initiatives - in urban planning or design for sustainability - in the communication field - with established industrial actors seeking to overhaul their innovation processes. Naturally, you will also be eligible for a career as a PhD student in Design. [-]

MSc in Ecology and the Environment

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The Ecology and the Environment master’s programme prepares students to work with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities and populations, based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories. [+]

The Ecology and the Environment master’s programme prepares students to work with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities and populations, based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories. The programme has a critical scientific approach to ecology and to its applications in society. Students acquire training in practical areas such as: experiment design, data interpretation, ecological fieldwork and theoretical modelling, both in a classroom setting and through fieldwork. Programme description The Ecology and the Environment master's programme prepares students to work with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities and populations, based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories. The programme has a critical scientific approach to ecology and to its applications in society. Students acquire training in practical areas such as: experiment design, data interpretation, ecological fieldwork and theoretical modelling, both in a classroom setting and through fieldwork. The programme has a strong focus on the practical application of ecological knowledge in society. It takes up, for example, environmental and natural resource management, and studies how interactions with various stakeholders affect this. The courses cover population ecology, community ecology and ecology systems theories, including their relationship to current environmental problems. Furthermore, the programme has an internship period and one course that focusses on ecological decision support for forestry and agriculture. Students have the opportunity to take elective courses, such as environmental impact assessment. The key part of the programme is a one‑year master’s project in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge. The project can be linked to current research projects at the Biology department such as: conservation ecology, ecology of shallow waters, design and management of treatment wetlands, spatio-temporal ecology, and population and community ecology. Alternatively, the master’s project can be conducted at a university or research institute abroad, in a field such as tropical ecology or ecological engineering. This programme also emphasizes the need for mathematical models and statistical analyses to address complex ecological and environmental problems. Examples of such applications are: identifying of crop management strategies for effective biological control, understanding the impact of life history strategies on the risk of population extinction in a variable environment, and evaluating the preservation status of nature reserves and how they should be managed. Career opportunities Graduates of the Ecology and the Environment programme are well prepared to work with environmental issues and conservation biology in areas such as: sustainable use of natural resources in forestry, agriculture or limnology. Graduates are also well prepared for further studies towards a PhD. [-]

MSc in Electronics Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The master’s programme in Electronics Engineering focusses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. This requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills across many fields within engineering and science, far beyond the curriculum of traditional electronics education. [+]

The master’s programme in Electronics Engineering focusses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. This requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills across many fields within engineering and science, far beyond the curriculum of traditional electronics education. The programme provides a competitive education in digital, analogue and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) design, combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application-specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems, and radio transceiver design. Programme description The master’s programme in Electronics Engineering focusses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. This requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills across many fields within engineering and science, far beyond the curriculum of traditional electronics education. The programme provides a competitive education in digital, analogue and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) design, combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems, and radio transceiver design. Modern society depends to a large extent on reliable and efficient electronics. Mobile phones, the internet, PCs and TVs are just a few examples that constantly improve in terms of functionality, performance and cost. In addition, a growing number of concepts and technologies significantly improve areas such as mobile and broadband communication, healthcare, automotive technology, robotics, energy systems management, entertainment, consumer electronics, public safety and security, industrial applications, and much more. This suggests that there will be vast industrial opportunities in the future, and a high demand for skilled engineers with the knowledge and skills required to lead the design of such complex integrated circuits and systems. The programme is organised by several strong divisions at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Science. These divisions, which include more than 60 researchers and 10 internationally recognised professors, have excellent teaching experience, world-class research activities that cover nearly the entire field of integrated electronic design, state-of-the-art laboratories and design environments, and close research collaboration with many companies worldwide. The programme starts with courses in digital communication, digital integrated circuits, digital system design, analogue integrated circuits, and an introduction to radio electronics, providing a solid base for the continuation of the studies. Later on, a large selection of courses enables students to choose between two major tracks: System-on-Chip with a focus on digital System-on-Chip design and embedded systems Analogue/Digital and RF IC design with a focus on the design of mixed analogue/digital and radio-frequency integrated circuits. The programme offers several large design-project courses, giving excellent opportunities for students to improve their design skills by using the state-of-the-art circuit and system design environments and CAD tools used in industry today. For instance, students who take the course VLSI Design will design real chips using standard CMOS technology that will be sent for fabrication, measured and evaluated in a follow-up course. Only few universities in the world have the know-how and capability to provide such courses. Career opportunities This master’s programme is based on internationally renowned education and research on integrated electronics, which have produced many talented electronics engineers working today in leading companies and research organisations all over the world. The programme is also strongly supported by electronics companies in Sweden. Graduates from this programme can expect excellent career opportunities in major research and development centres, both in the industry and in academic institutions worldwide. The graduates are specifically trained and qualified to work as IC design engineers in major semiconductor, IC and telecom companies. Moreover, electronics is generally the key part of the product developments for many companies in the IT industry and there is a wide range of job opportunities for expert electronics engineers. [-]

MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

This programme is for students with a solid engineering background, preferably a BA. You will acquire the tools necessary to integrate engineering, management and mathematics, preparing you for a leading role in industry or an academic career. [+]

This programme is for students with a solid engineering background, preferably a BA. You will acquire the tools necessary to integrate engineering, management and mathematics, preparing you for a leading role in industry or an academic career. The programme provides knowledge in industrial management through a multi-disciplinary approach, giving you the skills to adopt changes in the industrial environment in a responsible and efficient manner. Core courses in project management and organisation, management systems and sustainability, production planning and control, and quality management will help put your engineering skills in an industrial management context. After the first term, you will follow one of two profiles: Operations Management or Environmental Innovation Management. Programme description The programme provides knowledge in industrial management through a multi-disciplinary approach, giving you the skills to adopt changes in the industrial environment in a responsible and efficient manner. Core courses in project management and organisation, management systems and sustainability, production planning and control, and quality management will help put your engineering skills in an industrial management context. After the first term, you will follow one of two profiles: Operations Management or Environmental Innovation Management. The Operations Management profile deals with operations management issues in manufacturing and service industries, providing approaches for creating and sustaining effective organisations. A central idea is how to improve processes to provide maximum consumer benefits through the best use of available resources. You will gain insight into technological trends and explore financial and engineering consequences of operational decisions. Quality is another important module, which introduces the concepts of lean production and the Six Sigma methodology. For the closing project course (12 ECTS), you will apply your knowledge by solving real-life production management problems. The Environmental Innovation Management profile focuses on the development and commercialisation of resource-efficient products and sustainable solutions, looking at innovation in major corporations as well as entrepreneurial start-ups. In the final Innovation and Entrepreneurship project course (12 ECTS), you will learn how to tackle challenges associated with innovative activities. In addition to profile-specific courses, the programme contains mandatory courses in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Science and Research Methodology, to prepare you for the work in preparing a master’s thesis. The thesis is usually written with another student and in close collaboration with a company. This may be a small local company or a global industrial corporation such as Ericsson or Scania. The taught courses are characterised by a close relationship between teachers and students, with smaller classes and lively group discussions. Courses are assessed through written exams and hand-in assignments, and through group-based project work. Linköping University is a Swedish pioneer in management education and has a strong tradition of industrial engineering, going back to the early years of the university in the 1970s. Thanks to our experienced and qualified teachers, you can be assured of reaching success. You will find a warm welcoming environment and a vibrant student community. Furthermore, as is always the case with Linköping University, there is a strong industry presence, with guest lectures from prominent representatives and cases based on real-world examples. Career opportunities Our students are enjoying interesting careers as R&D managers in tech-intensive companies, or as CTOs in smaller companies and start-ups. After completing the programme, you will be qualified for engineering positions in companies and authorities dealing consulting, investment strategies, production planning and control, renewable energy, environmental consulting and waste management. Regardless of which profile you opt for, you will also be prepared for an academic career, should you wish to continue into research and pursue doctoral studies. [-]

MSc in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Norrköping

This programme focusses on the integration of IT and telecommunications into transport and logistics systems, with the aim of increasing efficiency, safety, mobility and customer satisfaction while reducing environmental impact. [+]

This programme focusses on the integration of IT and telecommunications into transport and logistics systems, with the aim of increasing efficiency, safety, mobility and customer satisfaction while reducing environmental impact. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, you will acquire the skills to adopt changes in the industrial environment in a responsible and efficient manner. The programme provides the tools required to understand, develop and control future transport and logistics systems through the use of optimisation, simulation and geographical information systems. You will study traffic and supply-chain modelling, mobile and wireless telecommunications, road safety and project management. Programme description This programme focusses on the integration of IT and telecommunications into transport and logistics systems, with the aim of increasing efficiency, safety, mobility and customer satisfaction while reducing environmental impact. Well-designed transport and logistics systems are fundamental to individual mobility, commerce, welfare and economic growth. With ever-increasing volumes of traffic and goods, future transport systems face a huge challenge: How to balance the need for speedy, efficient and sustainable transport with the negative impacts of congestion, pollution and fatalities? The answer lies in a tighter integration of telecommunications and information technology into vehicles and physical road infrastructure. This programme provides the engineering and managerial skills required to design, plan, analyse and manage transport and logistics systems. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, you will acquire the skills to adopt changes in the industrial environment in a responsible and efficient manner. The programme provides the tools required to understand, develop and control future transport and logistics systems through the use of optimisation, simulation and geographical information systems. You will study traffic and supply‑chain modelling, mobile and wireless telecommunications, road safety and project management. For the second and third terms, you may choose between the Traffic profile and the Logistics profile. The final term is dedicated to your thesis, which is usually written in close collaboration with a company, city or government body. You need strong maths skills and an analytical mind: programming experience is a distinct advantage. You will carry out group-based lab practicals and project work. Many courses are continuously assessed through hand-in assignments and reports. Oral and written communication is an integral part of the programme, to prepare students for international management positions. You will be at the front line of Swedish transportation research. Linköping University is the coordinating university of the Swedish National Postgraduate School of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems). The university is also a member of ITS-EduNet, the network for Training and Education on Intelligent Transport Systems. Career opportunities With your engineering profile and transport systems expertise, you will have a wide choice of challenging career opportunities. Many of our alumni work as traffic engineers, employed by a city or as consultants. You may also become a logistics manager with a production company, controlling the entire logistics chain. Another option is to work for a technology company that develops traffic and transport systems, like Ericsson, where your knowledge will be very useful. Students will also be well prepared for a research career. [-]

MSc in Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MSN) master’s programme is a competitive education program that provides students with specialist knowledge in the area of new materials. The huge advances in modern technology and products in recent decades have relied to a large extent on developments in materials science and technology. [+]

The Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MSN) master’s programme is a competitive education program that provides students with specialist knowledge in the area of new materials. The huge advances in modern technology and products in recent decades have relied to a large extent on developments in materials science and technology. The importance of advanced materials in today’s technology is best exemplified by the highly purified semiconductor crystals, which are the basis of the electronic age. Future implementations and applications of materials in electronics and photonics involve such subjects as nano-scale physics, molecular electronics and non-linear optics. Programme description The Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MSN) master’s programme is a competitive education program that provides students with specialist knowledge in the area of new materials. The huge advances in modern technology and products in recent decades have relied to a large extent on developments in materials science and technology. The importance of advanced materials in today’s technology is best exemplified by the highly purified semiconductor crystals, which are the basis of the "electronic age. Future implementations and applications of materials in electronics and photonics involve such subjects as nano-scale physics, molecular electronics and non-linear optics. With support from internationally competitive research activities in materials physics at Linköping University, the programme has been established with distinct features that offer students high‑level interdisciplinary education and training in fundamental solid state physics and materials science within the following areas: Electronic materials and devices Surface and nano-sciences Theory and modelling of materials Organic/molecular electronics and sensors. The programme emphasises the comprehension of scientific principles and the development of personal and professional skills in solving practical engineering problems. The studies begin with mandatory courses, including nanotechnology, quantum mechanics, surface physics and the physics of condensed matter, in order to provide students with a solid knowledge foundation for modern materials science and nanotechnology. Moreover, through courses in experimental physics and analytical methods in materials science, students gain extensive training in operating the advanced instruments and equipment currently used in the research and development of new materials. A large variety of elective courses is offered from the second term onwards, in close connection with cutting-edge technologies. These courses give students a broad perspective of today’s materials science research and links to applications in semiconductor technology, optoelectronics, bioengineering (biocompatibility), chemical sensors and biosensors, and mechanical applications for high hardness and elasticity. Students will also be instructed through in-depth CDIO (Conceive - Design - Implement – Operate) project courses, to develop abilities in creative thinking and problem solving. Students complete a thesis project in the area of materials science and nanotechnology, either in a research group in-house or in industry. Career opportunities The programme provides students with knowledge and skills required for modern science and technology. Graduates will be prepared for careers within academia or industry in materials-related research and development. The research activities in materials science at Linköping University are strongly linked to the cutting-edge technologies in the area. Therefore, the demand for talents in those fields is large both in research institutes and industries. For example, wide-bandgap semiconductors, high-performance soft matters, as well as hybrid smart materials are of high interest in the industries in Sweden and other European countries. Furthermore, as materials science is a research priority at Linköping University, there are two multidisciplinary PhD graduate schools here: Agora Materiae specialised in advanced functional materials Forum Scientium covering research activities in natural sciences, engineering and biomedicine. Many of the programme’s graduates continue their advanced studies at one of these graduate schools. [-]

MSc in Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The Mechanical Engineering master's programme deals with the product-development cycle from an engineering perspective, encompassing everything from idea to the final product. The programme starts with a term of traditional mechanical engineering, mathematics and computer programming courses, all of which are mandatory. These courses prepare students for further studies in one of the programme's specialisation areas. [+]

The Mechanical Engineering master's programme deals with the product-development cycle from an engineering perspective, encompassing everything from idea to the final product. The programme starts with a term of traditional mechanical engineering, mathematics and computer programming courses, all of which are mandatory. These courses prepare students for further studies in one of the programme's specialisation areas. Programme description The Mechanical Engineering master's programme deals with the product‑development cycle from an engineering perspective, encompassing everything from idea to the final product. The programme starts with a term of traditional mechanical engineering, mathematics and computer programming courses, all of which are mandatory. These courses prepare students for further studies in one of the programme's specialisation areas: Engineering Systems Design - includes all aspects from classical machine design to mechatronics Engineering Mechanics - comprises classical and modern applied mechanics with a strong focus on modelling and simulation. Manufacturing Engineering and Management - spans the area between automated manufacturing processes and supply-chain management. The final term of the Mechanical Engineering master's programme is devoted to a degree project. Career opportunities Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines, and graduates have good opportunities for employment in almost all sectors of the engineering industry. Mechanical engineers can be involved with the generation, distribution and use of energy; the design and development of machines, vehicles and transportation systems; and the processing of materials. They work frequently with developing new solutions to environmental problems. Mechanical engineers are expected to be creative, have broad knowledge and work as a member of a multidisciplinary team. [-]

MSc in Organic Synthesis / Medicinal Chemistry

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The master’s programme Organic Synthesis /Medicinal Chemistry aims to provide students with knowledge on the design, synthesis and evaluation of low molecular weight biologically active organic substances. [+]

The master’s programme Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry aims to provide students with knowledge on the design, synthesis and evaluation of low molecular weight biologically active organic substances. The programme offers advanced knowledge in organic synthesis and pharmaceutically active compounds, and knowledge of medicinal chemistry. Biologically active substances with low molecular weight represent the core of life‑science research. Knowledge of molecular structures and their properties is crucial to our understanding of a vast scientific area, from pharmaceutically active compounds to organic electronics and their incorporation into diagnostic tools such as biosensors. Programme description The master’s programme Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry aims to provide students with knowledge on the design, synthesis and evaluation of low molecular weight biologically active organic substances. The programme offers advanced knowledge in organic synthesis and pharmaceutically active compounds, and knowledge of medicinal chemistry. Biologically active substances with low molecular weight represent the core of life‑science research. Knowledge of molecular structures and their properties is crucial to our understanding of a vast scientific area, from pharmaceutically active compounds to organic electronics and their incorporation into diagnostic tools such as biosensors. The main focus of the programme is the comprehension of organic synthesis pertaining to biologically active compounds. The programme begins with courses in organic chemistry and organic synthesis, building from the basic concepts to the advanced level, followed by an introduction in medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical technology. It also covers protein chemistry and biomolecular design, which broadens the students’ knowledge in the field of bio-organic chemistry. The programme concludes with a thesis project, either in a research group or in industry. Our research facilities are well equipped with all the necessary analytical/diagnostic tools found in industrial research facilities. Career opportunities Following the final examination, students will have gained the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience needed to work with organic synthesis in the pharmaceutical industry. Possible employers cover companies ranging from research intensive start-ups to major pharmaceutical producers with large research and development (R&D) departments. Alternatively, students may continue conducting research leading to a doctoral degree. Research positions include a broad span of work, from disease diagnosis to detecting chemical compounds. Examples of the latter include biosensors for early stage detection of Alzheimer’s disease. [-]

MSc in Science for Sustainable Development

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

Our two-year programme will prepare you for a career within research or in a non-academic setting. Our graduates have gone on to positions in research institutes, environmental organisations, businesses, NGOs, river basin commissions, consultancies, power companies and intergovernmental environmental agencies. [+]

Do you want to learn how to address global environmental challenges and contribute to a more sustainable world? Or how to get a multidisciplinary perspective on sustainability issues and practice hands-on learning with students from around the globe? Then you should consider our master’s programme. Our two-year programme will prepare you for a career within research or in a non-academic setting. Our graduates have gone on to positions in research institutes, environmental organisations, businesses, NGOs, river basin commissions, consultancies, power companies and intergovernmental environmental agencies. Laboratory and GIS exercises, spatial analysis in the Norrköping Decision Arena, study visits to local authorities and businesses in the environmental sector and role-play workshops around complex environmental negotiations are just some of the ways in which you will learn how to tackle real‑world problems. Cutting-edge with a holistic perspective Our multidisciplinary perspective is firmly anchored in our research environment, with teachers from academic backgrounds that range from the humanities to social and natural sciences. The programme will give you a holistic perspective, with opportunities to refine your knowledge of complex issues of sustainability. Top quality and satisfaction The Science in Sustainable Development programme is the only one in its category to be awarded the highest quality ranking in Sweden by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. In 2015, our students ranked their satisfaction with our programme at 4.6 of a possible 5, which placed us fourth of all programmes at Linköping University. The university is located on a green campus only a short bike ride to the city centre, and close to forests and parks. Programme description Science for Sustainable Development is a two-year, full-time study programme that provides a strong basis for a career related to sustainable development and environmental change. The programme focuses on critical analysis of environmental challenges and applying science to solve real‑world problems. It consists of core and specialisation courses followed by thesis work. Upon completion of the programme, students acquire a Master’s degree in Science with a major in Environmental Science. Core courses In the core courses, students gain knowledge of theories, approaches, techniques, and methods from various scientific disciplines (such as critical analysis of sustainability perspectives, commodity chain analysis, indicators, resource management, and GIS). They also learn to develop general analytical skills that will enable them to interpret, design, communicate, and implement sustainability and environmental issues. They develop problem-solving abilities and adaptability skills, which will be indispensable to professional success. "The courses cover a broad range of topics - from climate change and biodiversity loss to feminism and colonisation. Also, the students are from all over the world - it’s not only fun to be exposed to such a huge diversity of cultures, but in the class, it actually feels like a global cooperation in tackling these issues!" Karolina Gurjazkaite Specialisation In the third term, students begin to specialise. Elective courses are offered that train their research skills and provide the opportunity for internships at businesses, organisations or research institutes in Sweden or abroad. The students on our programme have the opportunity to design their own profile. To support this process, students are offered a series of workshops as mentoring sessions with key staff members throughout their education. These workshops guide the students’ specialisation pathways. Unique learning portfolio A unique aspect of the programme is the learning portfolio exercises that each student prepares to suit their particular academic needs and interests (under faculty guidance). The learning portfolio consists of several steps during the programme, ranging from reflection on students’ competence and skills, individual goal setting, and progression in their skills in academic writing. The students gain a greater focus on their specific skills and the portfolio promotes the ability of both critical thinking and greater self-knowledge, both of which will be important for their professional life. MSc Thesis In the final term, the students work individually on a project under the guidance of staff. The master’s thesis can either have a research focus or be undertaken in collaboration with external organizations, businesses, etc. Previous theses have addressed a wide range of environmental topics, demonstrating students’ innovation and creativity, and highlighting socially important issues. 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. [-]

MSc in Statistics and Data Mining

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

There is a rapidly increasing demand for specialists who are able to exploit the new wealth of information in large and complex datasets to improve analysis, prediction and decision‑making. The programme focusses on modern developments at the intersection of statistics, artificial intelligence and database management, providing students with unique skills that are attractive on the labour market. [+]

There is a rapidly increasing demand for specialists who are able to exploit the new wealth of information in large and complex datasets to improve analysis, prediction and decision‑making. The programme focusses on modern developments at the intersection of statistics, artificial intelligence and database management, providing students with unique skills that are attractive on the labour market. With the growth of computer capabilities, databases are becoming larger and more complex, making traditional statistical methods less effective, and in some cases unsuitable. Data from economic transactions, individual health records, internet searches, and environmental data are just a few examples of the content of enormous databases that challenge professional analysts. In these data-rich environments methods from data mining, machine learning, statistical visualisation, computational statistics and other computer-intensive statistical methods included in the programme have become increasingly popular with both governmental agencies and the private sector. Programme description There is a rapidly increasing demand for specialists who are able to exploit the new wealth of information in large and complex databases to improve analysis, prediction and decision‑making. The programme focusses on modern developments in the intersection of statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and database management, providing students with unique skills that are attractive on the labour market. With the growth of computer capabilities, databases are becoming larger and more complex, making traditional statistical methods less effective, and in some cases unsuitable. Data from economic transactions, individual health records, internet searches, and telecommunications are just a few examples of the content of enormous databases that challenge professional analysts. In these data-rich environments, methods from data mining, machine learning, statistical visualisation, computational statistics and other computer-intensive statistical methods included in the programme have become increasingly popular with both governmental agencies and the private sector. The programme is designed for students who have basic knowledge of mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and computer science and have a bachelor’s degree in one of these areas, or an engineering degree. Most of the courses included in the programme provide students with deep theoretical knowledge and practical experience from massive amounts of laboratory work. Students will be given the opportunity to learn: how to use classification methods to improve a mobile phone’s speech recognition software ability to distinguish vowels in a noisy environment how to improve directed marketing by analysing shopping patterns in supermarkets’ scanner databases how to build a spam filter how to provide early warning of a financial crisis by analysing the frequency of crisis-related words in financial media and internet forums how to estimate the effect that new traffic legislation will have on the number of deaths in road accidents how to use a complex DNA microarray dataset to learn about the determinants of cancer how interactive and dynamic graphics can be used to determine the origin of an olive oil sample. The programme contains a wide variety of courses that students may choose from. Students willing to complement their studies with courses given at other universities have the possibility to participate in exchange studies during the third term. Our partner programmes were carefully selected in order to cover various methodological perspectives and applied areas. During the final term of the programme, students receive help in finding a private company or a government institution where they can work towards their thesis. There they can apply their knowledge to a real problem and meet people who use advanced data analysis in practice. Career opportunities There is a rapidly increasing demand for specialists able to analyse large and complex systems and databases with the help of modern computer-intensive methods. Business, telecommunications, IT and medicine are just a few examples of areas where our students are in high demand and find advanced analytical positions after graduation. Students aiming at a scientific career will also find the programme the ideal background for future research. Many of the programme's lecturers are internationally recognised researchers in the fields of statistics, data mining, machine learning, database methodology and computational statistics. [-]

MSc in Sustainability Engineering and Management

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The Sustainability Engineering and Management master’s programme deals with the multifaceted challenge of developing products, services and technical systems that contribute to increased resource-effectiveness and sustainability. [+]

The Sustainability Engineering and Management master’s programme deals with the multifaceted challenge of developing products, services and technical systems that contribute to increased resource-effectiveness and sustainability. It is well-known that economic development and human welfare depend on the availability of raw materials and energy. However, the exploitation of such natural resources has many environmental implications such as climate change, resource scarcity and the uncontrolled dispersal of hazardous substances. In times of global environmental problems and concerns about the long-term availability of natural resources such as metals and minerals, incentives for using materials and energy in more intelligent and efficient ways are increasing among governments, companies and other organisations. Programme description The Sustainability Engineering and Management master’s programme deals with the multifaceted challenge of developing products, services and technical systems that contribute to increased resource-effectiveness and sustainability. It is well-known that economic development and human welfare depend on the availability of raw materials and energy. However, the exploitation of such natural resources has many environmental implications such as climate change, resource scarcity and the uncontrolled dispersal of hazardous substances. In times of global environmental problems and concerns about the long-term availability of natural resources such as metals and minerals, incentives for using materials and energy in more intelligent and efficient ways are increasing among governments, companies and other organisations. McKinsey, one of the largest management consultancy firms in the world, has emphasised the urgent need for a resource revolution. The aim is to address the anticipated economic and political implications of resource scarcity, steadily increasing pollution levels from primary production and the uneven distribution of natural resources among regions. Companies are thus facing the challenge of delivering increasing amounts of products and services while at the same time preventing the depletion of natural resources, cutting costs and contributing to a sustainable society. This master’s programme offers a unique knowledge profile and aims to train future engineers who can contribute to such a societal transition towards the more efficient use of natural resources. More specifically, you will learn how to combine a multidisciplinary system perspective with skills in modern environmental and energy engineering. With such a proactive and holistic approach, environmental problems can often be significantly limited or prevented, without jeopardizing human well-being. The programme combines the perspectives of two research groups - Energy Systems and Environmental Technology and Management - at the Department of Management and Engineering. These groups deal with system solutions and state-of-the-art research in areas such as: renewable energy and biofuels, energy efficiency, waste management, urban and landfill mining, corporate environmental management and integrated product-service offerings. Several renewable energy solutions have already been implemented in the region, which means that you will have the opportunity to see how such environmental technology works in practice. Moreover, there is a national research excellence centre on biogas production and utilisation located at the university, which involves a wide network of academic, industry-related and public actors. The programme’s first term features introductory courses in environmental engineering and energy systems, and courses in traditional engineering topics such as product development and project management. The second and third terms involve specialisation in concepts, strategies and methods for achieving more efficient use of materials and energy, on the firm, inter-firm and societal levels. These terms also include courses on the development and implementation of sustainability concepts and strategies such as innovative entrepreneurship and innovation management. Examples of courses within the programme are: Energy Systems, Large Technical Systems and the Environment, Energy Systems Analysis, Innovative Entrepreneurship, Biofuels for Transportation, Industrial Ecology, Management Systems and Sustainability, Innovation Management and Resource‑Efficient Products. The programme concludes with a degree project (30 ECTS) in the fourth term. Career opportunities Environmental engineering, including renewable energy solutions, is one of the fastest growing business sectors in Sweden as well as in many other countries. The Sustainability Engineering and Management programme qualifies students for engineering positions in companies and authorities dealing with energy consulting, investment strategies, development of local and regional systems for energy distribution and generation, development of new products and services, renewable energy, environmental consulting, waste management and recycling and strategic environmental management. Several former students have also chosen a career within academia, pursuing PhD studies at Linköping University or at other universities throughout the world. [-]

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MA in Adult Learning and Global Change

Online Part time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Linköping

Governments all over the world are urging citizens to train and educate themselves in order to stay competitive in the global economy. Advocates of this argument claim that regional or local trade arrangements are no longer viable in a world in which connective technologies can influence resources and purchasing power with a simple mouse click. [+]

Governments all over the world are urging citizens to train and educate themselves in order to stay competitive in the global economy. Advocates of this argument claim that regional or local trade arrangements are no longer viable in a world in which connective technologies can influence resources and purchasing power with a simple mouse click. However, critical discourses on globalisation require the ability to learn in situations that span vast cultural and geographic divides. Moreover, working globally calls for “fluency” in several cultures. Programme description Four universities – one programme The programme is designed as a unique collaboration between four universities on four different continents: Linköping University, Linköping (Sweden) University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada) University of Western Cape, Cape Town (South Africa) Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (Australia) All four universities are equal partners. Students at Linköping University learn together with students from the other partner universities as a global class and take courses provided by the partner universities. This makes the programme truly international. The different partner universities provide courses such as: Adult learning: contexts and perspectives Work and learning Fostering learning in practice Global/local learning Award-winning concept The programme won the 2005 Curriculum Innovation Award, granted by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. In 2015, the programme won the e-Learning Excellence Award. Learning outcomes The programme is intended for students who wish to understand adult learning in the framework of global change. The content will benefit people working in both formal and informal, educational settings, such as business and industry, activist organisations, government institutions or administration, non-governmental organisations, the healthcare system, and numerous other settings where discourses on globalisation influence people’s lives. Graduates of the programme will be able to: Learn and teach globally Use global connective technologies Understand knowledge-based societies and their implications for learning Understand globalisation discourses Demonstrate cultural sensibilities and sensitivities Develop an equality perspective for learning and re-framing their own professional practices. Career opportunities Following the final examination, students will have gained the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience needed to work in different formal and informal adult learning organisations. Alternatively, students may continue their academic career in further projects. [-]

MA in Applied Ethics

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The programme offers a complementary education at the master’s level in applied ethics for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in one of various academic fields, from philosophy to health and technology, or a professional degree. The programme aims to offer students the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in applied ethics. [+]

The programme offers a complementary education at the master’s level in applied ethics for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in one of various academic fields, from philosophy to health and technology, or a professional degree. The programme aims to offer students the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in applied ethics. Applied ethics is a growing interdisciplinary field that studies ethical issues in areas such as politics, medicine, research, technology, and different forms of professional ethics. Programme description The programme offers a complementary education at the master’s level in applied ethics for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in one of various academic fields, from philosophy to health and technology, or a professional degree. The programme aims to offer students the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in applied ethics. Applied ethics is a growing interdisciplinary field that studies ethical issues in areas such as politics, medicine, research, technology, and different forms of professional ethics. Questions such as global justice, ethical implications of new technologies in healthcare and environmental responsibility for future generations are some of the issues that applied ethics deals with. The subject has its disciplinary basis in moral philosophy and ethics, and requires knowledge and expertise in the various fields of application. Applied Ethics is a programme for those who: Are interested in ethical questions Want to work with ethical issues and the application of ethics in society Want to carry out research in the fields of ethics and applied ethics The programme enables students to gain knowledge of ethical theories and methods, and examine ethical debates in different fields of application. The skills acquired during the programme include the analysis of moral problems and ethical debates and the critical assessment of ethical arguments and policy documents. Moreover, students will learn how to construct ethical positions and to write policy recommendations, and how to moderate debates and participate in ethical deliberations in a fruitful way. Career opportunities A master in applied ethics gives students a unique competence that can be added to their professional or disciplinary education. When working as a nurse, teacher, minister, civil servant or economist, students will be proficient in managing ethical issues. Mastering applied ethics provides students with the tools to structure the discussions and assess arguments. A great number of our master's students continue to doctoral studies in different areas of applied ethics and professional ethics. A recent survey shows that around 40% of the graduates of the past programme work at a university today, either as teachers or doing a PhD . However, the programme also prepares students for professional careers outside of academia. [-]

MA in Ethnic and Migration Studies

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Norrköping

The programme welcomes students of different academic backgrounds to develop a critical and transdisciplinary understanding of ethnicity and migration, integrating the humanities and the social sciences. It is set in an international community of students and faculty with numerous visiting researchers and academic activities. [+]

Addressing some of the most challenging issues in today’s world, this new programme relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, and to systems of domination and resistance movements. You learn to analyse the causes of migration, as well as its consequences for emerging formations of race, gender, labour, citizenship, healthcare, welfare and culture. The programme welcomes students of different academic backgrounds to develop a critical and transdisciplinary understanding of ethnicity and migration, integrating the humanities and the social sciences. It is set in an international community of students and faculty with numerous visiting researchers and academic activities. By providing a curriculum that enables a comprehensive grasp of the field of Ethnic and Migration Studies, as well as in‑depth specialisation through elective courses, internships, studies abroad, and individual tutorials, the programme prepares you for positions in local, national and international organisations, administration, business, government, media and the cultural sector, as well as for further postgraduate studies. Programme description The Master’s programme relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, and to systems of domination and resistance movements. The programme is interdisciplinary, integrating the humanities and the social sciences, and animated by a commitment to critical, innovative and useful approaches to issues and problems within the broad field of ethnic and migration studies. Students of different academic backgrounds are welcome to an international community with numerous visiting researchers and academic activities. You will gain a comprehensive grasp of the field of ethnic and migration studies and will be well prepared for positions in local, national and international organisations, administration, business, government, media and the cultural sector, as well as for further postgraduate studies and research. The programme consists of a mix of mandatory courses and electives that will allow you an individual specialisation, options to study abroad, options for internships, and research tutorials with faculty. Teaching involves formats with a high level of student participation. Teaching forms include lectures, workshops, seminars and individual/group tutorials. Within the programme, you are provided with the opportunity to specialise and concentrate chosen lines of study by judicious selection of courses. In addition to your course work, you will follow thematic seminars and tutorial meetings with the faculty. During your second year, beginning early in the third term, you will also attend seminars that address questions of methods and topic selection in preparation for the master’s thesis. The fourth term is mainly devoted to the composition of your master’s thesis. Areas of focus include historical and sociological perspectives on the ways in which migration has shaped human history and society; in-depth theoretical knowledge in the field of intersectional migration studies; globalisation and its link to changing conditions for work and migration; the European Union migration and asylum policies, and the relation of race, ethnicity and migration to cultural and aesthetic expressions such as narratives, visual arts, theatre and cinema. The faculty will be joined by international guest professors to make up an interdisciplinary and internationally experienced team, covering all aspects of the programme’s curriculum and beyond. They are engaged in research concerning the issues addressed in the courses, thus making possible a direct connection between course content and on-going research in the various subfields of the programme. Example of specific focus areas within the programme: Historical perspectives on ethnicity and migration Intersectional migration studies Changing frameworks for citizenship Migration and globalisation in post-colonial perspectives Race, ethnicity and migration in culture and the arts Migration and asylum policy in the European Union Migration and health. Career opportunities As the programme offers possibilities of studies abroad, elective courses and internships, students may tailor their education towards a special interest, profession or field of expertise. Studies abroad are usually conducted through the programme’s exchange agreements with partners in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Internships give students an opportunity both to specialise and to test professional tasks and assignments with organisations and employers at the local, national or international level. In this way, the programme therefore prepares for wide segments of the labour market, wherever expertise in migration and ethnic relations is needed, including work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, local and regional administration, business and communication, social work and activism, cultural analysis, journalism and commentary in the public sector, as well as further postgraduate studies and research. [-]

MSSc in Outdoor Environmental Education and Outdoor Life

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Sweden Linköping

The programme aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of how outdoor studies can enhance learning and contribute to health, sustainable development and active citizens. The programme focusses on experiential learning based on nature, culture and society. Teaching includes outdoor field-related experiences and learning in and via natural and cultural landscapes. [+]

The programme aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of how outdoor studies can enhance learning and contribute to health, sustainable development and active citizens. The programme focusses on experiential learning based on nature, culture and society. Teaching includes outdoor field-related experiences and learning in and via natural and cultural landscapes. The advanced courses in educational science will help teachers and other educators to understand learning processes and how society, nature and the cultural landscape can be used as resources for learning and understanding. Programme description The programme aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of how outdoor studies can enhance learning and contribute to health, sustainable development and active citizens. The programme focusses on experiential learning based on nature, culture and society. Teaching includes outdoor field-related experiences and learning in and via natural and cultural landscapes. The advanced courses in educational science will help teachers and other educators to understand learning processes and how society, nature and the cultural landscape can be used as resources for learning and understanding. Students will: Increase their knowledge about children’s and young people’s understanding and learning processes in the extended classroom Further develop their understanding and knowledge of how outdoor environmental education and outdoor life can contribute to environmental understanding, cyclic thinking and increased responsibility for health, citizenship and sustainability Develop a thematic perspective on how the urban and rural landscapes can be used as resources for learning Develop their skills in describing, interpreting and explaining cultural and environmental experiences through field work in real environments. Students should be prepared to pay for trips, food and lodging included in the programme. Career opportunities Following the final examination, students will have gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience for working with school development or in a leading position in the educational field. Alternatively, students may continue to conduct research leading to a doctoral degree. [-]

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