MSc in Science for Sustainable Development, 120 credits
Do you want to learn how to address global environmental challenges and contribute to a more sustainable world? Or 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, study visits to local authorities and businesses in the environmental sector 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 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.
The programme consists of core and specialization courses followed by thesis work. Upon completion of the programme, students acquire a Master’s degree in Science with a major in Environmental Science.
In the core courses, you will gain knowledge of theories, approaches, techniques, and methods from various scientific disciplines (such as critical analysis of sustainability perspectives, commodity chain analysis, indicators, resource management, GIS). You will also learn to develop general analytical skills to interpret, design, communicate, and implement sustainability and environmental issues. Problem-solving abilities and adaptability skills, skills that are indispensable to professional success.
In the third semester you begin to specialize your knowledge. A unique aspect of the programme is the individual goal setting exercise which each student prepares to suit their particular academic needs and interests (under faculty guidance). Elective courses are offered to train your research skills and provide opportunity to do internships at businesses, organizations or research institutes in Sweden or abroad. Students can also take courses at other departments or universities.
In the final semester the students work individually on a project under the guidance of supervisory staff. The master’s thesis can either have a research focus or be undertaken in collaboration with external organizations, business, etc. Previous theses have addressed a wide range of environmental topics for dissertations, demonstrating the students’ innovation and creativity as well as highlighting societally important issues.
Degree: Master of Science (120 credits) in Environmental Science
Duration: Two years
Pace of study: Full-time
Application code: LIU-91005
Application period: mid-Oct - 15 Jan
Start date: August
Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees
All others: approx. USD 13,000/EUR 12,000 (SEK 110,000) per academic year
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.
Letter of Intent
You must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why you are suited for and want to study this programme, and a summary of your bachelor's essay or project. If you hold a degree that does not include a bachelor's essay or project, then the letter of intent should also describe your previous studies and any other academic activities that are relevant for this 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.
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Last updated: 2016-09-21