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MSc in Science for Sustainable Development, 120 credits

Science sustainable

Want to learn how to address global environmental challenges and contribute to a more sustainable world? 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 professional careers within research or outside academia. Our graduates have 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 and role-play workshops about complex environmental negotiations are just some of the ways through 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 that has teachers from academic backgrounds spanning from humanities to social- and natural sciences. The program will give you a holistic perspective but also 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 recently be awarded the highest quality ranking in Sweden by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. In 2015, our students ranked their satisfaction of our programme at 4.6 of 5 that placed us fourth of all programmes at Linköping University. In addition, the university is located on a green campus with only a short biking distance to the entire city including forests, parks and the commercial centre.

Programme facts

Degree: Master of Science (120 credits) in Environmental Science
Language: English
Duration: Two years
Pace of study: Full-time
Campus: Linköping
Application code: LIU-91005
Application period: mid-Oct - 15 Jan
Start date: August

Tuition fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

All others: SEK 110,000 (approx. USD 16,100/EUR 12,000) per academic year

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Programme specific requirements

A relevant background for the programme is a degree in either natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, humanities or engineering that relates to environmental, social or economic aspects of sustainable development.

Each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, 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, then their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other academic activities related to the master's programme.

All supporting documents, including the letter of intent and the specific paper, should be submitted to University Admissions in Sweden.

There are two ways to submit your documents to University Admissions – you can  send them in via regular post  or you can upload them on Universityadmissions.se. Please note that for some specific countries, Sweden requires applicants to send in certified copies of their academic documents through the regular mail. It is therefore important that you check what is required for your country: Academic qualifications requirements for my country.


Read more about entry requirements and the application process.




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Linda Gaash

I am one of those people who would like to change the world but are not quite sure where to start. And that is what brought me to the Master programme Science for Sustainable Development here in Linköping! 


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Last updated: 2016-06-30