Science for Sustainable Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
Linköping University's MSc Science for Sustainable Development is a two-year, full-time study programme that provides a strong basis for a career related to sustainable development and environmental change.

About

The Linköping University's Science for Sustainable Development programme focuses on critical analysis of environmental challenges and applying science to solve real-world problems. It consists of core and specialisation courses followed by thesis work. Upon completion of the programme, students acquire a Master’s degree in Science with a major in Environmental Science. 

Core courses

In the core courses, students 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, and GIS). They also learn to develop general analytical skills that will enable them to interpret, design, communicate, and implement sustainability and environmental issues. They develop problem-solving abilities and adaptability skills, which will be indispensable to professional success.                

"The courses cover a broad range of topics -  – from climate change and biodiversity loss to feminism and colonisation. 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 a global cooperation in tackling these issues!" Karolina Gurjazkaite, Student

Specialisation

In the third term, students begin to specialise. Elective courses are offered that train their research skills and provide the opportunity for internships at businesses, organisations or research institutes in Sweden or abroad.

The students on our programme have the opportunity to design their own profile. To support this process, students are offered a series of workshops as mentoring sessions with key staff members throughout their education. These workshops guide the students’ specialisation pathways.

Unique learning portfolio

A unique aspect of the programme is the learning portfolio exercises that each student prepares to suit their particular academic needs and interests (under faculty guidance). The learning portfolio consists of several steps during the programme, ranging from reflection on students’ competence and skills, individual goal setting, and progression in their skills in academic writing. The students gain a more accurate focus on their specific skills, and the portfolio promotes both critical thinking and greater self-knowledge, both of which will be important for the students’ professional life.

MSc Thesis

In the final term, the students work individually on a project under the guidance of staff. The master’s thesis can either have a research focus or be undertaken in collaboration with external organizations, businesses, etc. Previous theses have addressed a wide range of environmental topics, demonstrating students’ innovation and creativity, and highlighting socially important issues.

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 with our programme at 4.6 of a possible 5.0, which placed us fourth of all programmes at Linköping University. The university is located on a green campus only a short bike ride to the city centre, and close to forests and parks.

Cutting-edge with a holistic perspective

Our multidisciplinary perspective is firmly anchored in our research environment, with teachers from academic backgrounds that range from the humanities to social and natural sciences. The programme will give you a holistic perspective, with opportunities to refine your knowledge of complex issues of sustainability.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

Semester 1

  • Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development
  • Environmental and Resource Use Challenges
  • Climate Science and Policy

Semester 2

  • Analytical Frameworks in Sustainability Studies
  • Sustainable Resources Management

Semester 3

  • Designing Environmental Studies in Sustainable Development
  • Specialisation courses covering 22.5 credits.

Semester 4

  • Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    575

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, humanities or engineering or equivilant, that relates to environmental, social or economic aspects of sustainable development.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    22916 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22916 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 220000 kr 

Living costs for Linköping

  • 7140 - 11270 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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