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Start: August 2021
Place of study: Linköping
Be part of the solution for a sustainable future! The future needs sustainable solutions to societal challenges. This program offers a holistic interdisciplinary approach to current societal problems, such as climate change, natural resource exploitation, increasing energy demand and inequality.
The future needs sustainable solutions to societal challenges. This program offers a holistic interdisciplinary approach to current societal problems, such as climate change, natural resource exploitation, increasing energy demand and inequality. The master’s program allows you to explore the complexity of creating sustainable societies in alignment with the principles of sustainable development and Agenda 2030.
The program addresses global environmental changes and societal transformations. It will challenge you to undertake critical analysis of present and future environmental concerns, apply scientific knowledge across academic disciplines, and develop interdisciplinary competence. Your training will enable you to develop skills to interpret, design, communicate and implement solutions to sustainability and environmental challenges, which will be indispensable for your future career as a sustainable development expert.
"The courses cover a broad range of topics – from climate change and biodiversity loss to feminism and colonization. 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 global cooperation in tackling these issues!" Karolina Gurjazkaite, Student
Core courses have been designed to give you a wide perspective on environmental issues, and at the same time, provide opportunities to deepen your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in specific scientific fields. Field trips, laboratory and GIS exercises, spatial analysis in the Norrköping Decision Arena, role-play activities, study visits to authorities and businesses in the environmentally-progressive Östergötland province are just some of the ways in which you will learn about sustainable solutions in practice. You will have the opportunity to undertake internships at businesses, organizations or research institutes in Sweden or abroad and develop skills in multidisciplinary research together with our teaching staff. Our teaching profile is integrated with advanced research in sustainable development and environmental sciences and researchers at our institute will guide you individually to design, plan and perform your master’s thesis project.
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Syllabus and course details
The program runs over two years and encompasses 120 credits, including a thesis.
The focus of this semester is on environmental challenges and how sustainability science can address them. Students undertake case-work on sustainability work in theory and practice and assessing and analyzing environmental issues, role-play exercises of international climate negotiations and practical skill training (GIS, modeling, environmental monitoring, etc).
This semester focuses on common theories and analytical approaches to environmental issues as well as applications for sustainable resource management.
This semester starts with a focus on the design of environmental studies to lay the foundation for the students’ theses as well as for their future professional work. The remaining time is devoted to specialization courses, where we offer a range of options to deepen the students’ knowledge and skills in, for example, climate change visualization, urban sustainability, and water management. We also have unique courses where students work closely with senior teaching staff to train specific research skills.
Students can also perform an internship either in Sweden or abroad where they carry out a specific task which links to the activities of the chosen organization and the students’ future professional interests. Besides these courses, there are also possibilities for studies at other universities in Sweden or abroad.
In the final semester, students write their Master’s thesis. They select their thesis topic, research methods and forms of analysis in consultation with a thesis supervisor and the MSc program coordinator.
Sustainability issues bridge academic disciplines and require diverse expertise. Few universities offer such an interdisciplinary perspective in environmental sciences as LiU does, with the teachers from academic backgrounds ranging from the humanities and social sciences to natural sciences and engineering. The program is the only one in the environmental sciences category to be awarded the highest quality ranking by the Swedish Higher Education Authority.
The program provides a strong basis for a career related to sustainable development and environmental sciences. Our graduates have positions in research institutes, universities, environmental organizations, businesses, NGOs, river basin commissions, consultancies, power companies, intergovernmental environmental agencies, and Ph.D. programs.
Bachelor's degree within natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, humanities or engineering or equivalent, that relates to environmental, social or economic aspects of sustainable development, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen.
English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). Exemption from Swedish 3.
Selection will be based on:
Academic merits and Letter of Intent
Each applicant should, therefore, enclose a Letter of Intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this program and a summary of their bachelor’s essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor’s essay or project, their Letter of Intent should describe previous studies and any academic activities that are related to the master’s program or the programs applied for.