The LUMES programme provides students with the skills necessary to deal with problems surrounding the complex sustainability challenges of the 21st century. The LUMES programme focuses on sustainability challenges from a local to global level, combining social and natural science perspectives.
Building on the knowledge and experiences students already possess, emphasis is placed on understanding present societal development patterns and the environmental problems they create, as well as approaches for formulating strategies for future sustainable pathways. The foundation of the programme takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to sustainability, in order to understand the interactions between social, economic and environmental systems, as well as a focus on the paradigms, concepts and underlying assumptions in which the debates about the interactions are grounded.
Unique programme qualities
LUMES is an interdisciplinary programme at the Lund university centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). The programme integrates the natural and social sciences and provides an in-depth study of sustainability challenges through a range of perspectives on sustainability from earth systems science through social theory. LUMES trains generalists who are nonetheless specialised in a particular area. Our elective courses, offered in the third semester, provide an insight into these specialisations. Examples of such courses are Water and Sustainability, Gender and Sustainability in Everyday Life, Social Movements and Sustainability, and Energy and Sustainability.
The LUMES programme is set in a unique interdisciplinary and internationally excellent educational and research environment, creating a setting that challenges students to broaden personal outlooks and sharpen critical thinking skills. Courses are taught by teachers and researchers from both the social and natural sciences with the aims of creating graduates that are able to grasp, analyse and formulate governance strategies and practices for transformational change. In addition, interpersonal and academic skills are developed through strong emphases on group work, presentations, academic writing and direct interactions with society.
Since the programme started in 1997, LUMES has had over 600 students from roughly 100 countries, with a graduation rate exceeding 90 per cent.
Courses and number of credits: Earth Systems Science (10), Social Theory and Sustainability (10), Sustainability Science (10), Governance of Sustainability (7.5), Urban and Rural Systems and Sustainability (10), Economy and Sustainability (7.5), Knowledge to Action (5), elective courses (30), Master’s degree project (30). For further details, please see www.lumes.lu.se
Industries, governments, academics, NGOs and communities recognise the significance of addressing complex social, environmental and economic problems holistically. As such, the interdisciplinary training gained through the programme opens employment opportunities for a wide array of career paths in the various private sector, governmental, non-governmental and academic settings. Our former students are working for transnational companies, international environmental NGOs as well as international organisations such as the World Bank, the FAO or the UN. Many graduates have also continued doctoral studies and are now working at universities around the world.
Learn more about this programme and how to apply: www.lunduniversity.lu.se/environmental-studies
Why Lund University?
Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.
If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.
The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.
Learn more about Lund University at www.lunduniversity.lu.se