MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
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As our world is facing serious societal and environmental challenges the need for graduates with the skills and tools necessary for solving complex sustainability challenges is increasing. Do you want to be part of solving key sustainability challenges and become an agent for change?
Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) is a world-class sustainability centre for research, teaching and impact where we work to understand, explain, and catalyse social change and transformations in relation to material limits in the biosphere.
The master’s programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science(LUMES) provides students with skills and tools for solving complex sustainability challenges related to climate change, depletion of natural resources, global health, inequality, governance and societal transformations from a local to a global level. Building on our students' previous knowledge and experiences, the 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 programme takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to sustainability, which provide students with a broad knowledge of the interaction between cultural, economic, environmental, political, and social dimensions of sustainability.
Unique programme qualities:
The LUMES programme is set in an interdisciplinary and internationally excellent educational and research environment. Students are exposed to different perspectives, world views and experiences, offering a unique opportunity for students to broaden their perspectives and learn about sustainability challenges in other parts of the world.
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 900 students from roughly 100 countries.
- Earth Systems Science (10 credits)
- Social Theory and Sustainability (10 credits)
- Sustainability Science (10 credits)
- Governance of Sustainability (7.5 credits)
- Urban and Rural Systems and Sustainability (10 credits)
- Economy and Sustainability (7.5 credits)
- Knowledge to Action (5 credits)
In the third semester, students choose a range of elective courses adding up to 30 credits. Course selection changes year to year. Students should select four courses within LUCSUS of 7.5 credits each.
- Master’s degree project (30 credits)
The need for graduates that are able to address complex social, environmental and economic challenges from a holistic perspective is increasing. An MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science opens employment opportunities for a wide array of career paths in various private sectors, governmental, non-governmental and academic settings.
Our former students are working for transnational companies, international non-governmental environmental organisations, and state authorities as well as international organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations.
Many graduates have also continued with doctoral studies and are now working at universities around the world.