Education for Sustainable Development, M.Sc. | University of Gothenburg | Göteborg, Sweden
M.Sc. On Campus

Education for Sustainable Development

24 months
8158 EUR/year
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The Education for Sustainable Development programme of the University of Gothenburg explores how education can support critical inquiry and be a positive force for transformation and change for a more sustainable future.



There is only one Earth. With global challenges like accelerating climate change, mass extinction of species, rising inequity, and a growing world population, the urgency of creating a more sustainable world is alarming. In what ways do we need to re-think and re-enact education in the face of current ecological crises?

The whole programme will be carried out online through webinars with teachers.

A pioneering sustainability-focused programme

The Education for Sustainable Development programme of the University of Gothenburg was offered for the first time in August 2018, and we are passionate about developing it in parallel to current and relevant research and have been labelled a sustainability-focused programme. We stand out among other programmes by being completely online, with a wide and diverse range of students. Responding to major environmental crises and changing life conditions for humans and other species, this programme brings together four departments from the University of Gothenburg and one from Chalmers University of Technology in a pioneering curriculum at the forefront of the international research debate on education and sustainability.

Online and interdisciplinary full-time studies

As a student of the programme, you will interact online through webinars with teachers and fellow students from a variety of backgrounds, such as environmental sciences, social sciences, educational sciences, economics, the arts, and humanities. You will enter into critical dialogue with recent scientific debates in the educational, social, and natural sciences, and develop theoretical and practical knowledge of education for sustainable development. Education is embedded in various sectors working with sustainable development, and you will have the opportunity to connect your own interests and prior experiences in sustainability to your coursework as you explore these perspectives. 

Learn from various perspectives

During the first year, you will be introduced to central concepts of sustainable development—and education for, within, and from that perspective—and will learn how to critically analyse and design learning environments and processes conducive to sustainability. A natural science perspective allows you to explore human interaction with ecosystems, and how this relates to the possibilities of achieving sustainable development. A values perspective highlights the challenges and possibilities requiring ethical analysis. An economic perspective reveals the inherent conflicts and paradoxes within the concept of sustainable development.

Become a knowledgeable researcher

During the second year you will gain an in-depth understanding of different scientific theoretical positions and an overview of sustainable development research. You will learn how to formulate, develop, and evaluate research, and learn to make suitable methodological choices that focus on agendas for change. You will not only learn about sustainability, but how to practise it yourself in your choice and utilization of methods and research ethics, taking into consideration any unintended adverse consequences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education for Sustainable Development: An Introduction
  • Environment, Nature, and Sustainable Development in an Educational Perspective
  • Citizenship, Social Values, and Ethics in Sustainability Education
  • Economy, Global Inequality, and Pathways to Sustainability
  • Researching Education for Sustainable Development
  • Theory and Method of Research in Education for Sustainable Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's Degree of 180 credits is required, or a professional qualification specialising in the school system of at least 180 credits and an individual degree project/thesis of 15 credits within or outside the degree
  • Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS
  • Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8158 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16316 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 178,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

Living costs for Göteborg

7552 - 13932 SEK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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