Master's Programme - Sustainable Development

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Program Description

Master's Programme - Sustainable Development

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Master's Programme -  Sustainable Development

Human activities affect and are affected by natural resources in many ways. Do you want to learn more about sustainable development in natural and social contexts?

The programme Sustainable Development offers opportunities to learn more about sustainable development in various disciplines.


Sustainable development is an important political objective in Sweden, the European Union, and other countries all over the world. The concept of sustainable development has an interdisciplinary basis and applies a holistic approach incorporating economic, social and ecological dimensions. Knowledge of the way interactions between environmental and social factors affect economic development is central.

The program starts with a review of different approaches to sustainable development in natural and social sciences. You will be equipped with a number of analytical and quantitative tools appropriate for assessing and managing sustainable development. These are then applied to interdisciplinary case studies where you will work with students from other disciplines. You choose optional courses in the third term within the profile of your Bachelor’s degree. The master thesis is written during the fourth and final term.


The degree offers the prospect of a job as a decision maker in the private or public sector, a teacher or a scientist. Examples of job opportunities in the private sector are the automobile construction and IT sectors, and a range of non-governmental organisations. Other potential employers are public agencies such as environmental protection agencies and local and regional authorities, owing to their need to implement sustainability targets set by central government. The studies will also form an excellent basis for pursuing PhD studies and academic research.


Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree of 180 HEC including 90 HEC in one of the following subjects/subject areas:

- Natural Science
- Social Sciences
- Technology

Knowledge equivalent to English B from upper secondary school. Required results at internationally recognized tests are:

  • TOEFL computerbased minimum 213
  • TOEFL internetbased minimum 79
  • TOEFL paperbased mimimum 550
  • IELTS score of at least 6,0, no band lower than 5,0
  • Cambridge CPE or CAE: pass
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Uppsala
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