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Learning, Digitalization, and Sustainability (Leads - 2 Years)

Jönköping University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2022

About this program

Learning, Digitalization, and Sustainability (Leads - 2 Years)

Are you interested in digitalization transformations in society and sustainable learning and communication? Do you want to be a frontline change agent in the design of current and future education? This program is based on frontline research in digitalization and education. In close collaboration with society, you will apply research to diverse educational settings, where the analytical focus will be on sustainable and ethically defendable learning designs. The programme works at the intersection of media, communication, and language from the perspectives of social sciences, the humanities as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The area covers how digitalization processes can be implemented in sustainable and responsible ways.

The master programme in Learning, Digitalization, and Sustainability focuses on global perspectives and strategies for sustainable development of education in an increasingly digitalized and media-dense society. Today, education is undergoing several transformations, provoked by an increasingly digitalized and globalized society, for example, intensified presence of the Edtech market, datafication of individuals' learning activities, emerging practices with digital tools, as well as new forms of leadership and implementation processes. We study the rapid changes in the sector from a sustainability aspect with the aim to create future-oriented learning that matters for coming generations. The LeaDS programme responds to societal needs of critical and practical thinking regarding change and innovation with and through digital solutions on a sustainable basis in a range of educational settings.

This programme is designed to develop leaders and educators with a deep understanding of leaming and digitalization processes in a global and media-dense world, including sustainable and future­oriented development ideas and strategies in the field. In the programme, you will acquire the necessary critical thinking skills to inform policy and create change and long-term impact in the field of LeaDS.

One academic year consists of 40 study weeks, divided in two semesters. This is equivalent to 60 credits (60 hp). Each study week consists of 1.5 credits (1,5 hp) that correspond to 40 hours of study. All coursers are taught in English. The programme is offered as 1-year (60 credits) and 2-year (120 credits). The latter is an extension of the former, which means that all students study together during the first year.

The master program in Education, Learning, Digitalization, and Sustainability (LeaDS) is carried out within the research framework of Social Sciences of Sustainability at the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University, and in collaboration with the master programs in Sustainable Communication (SusCom) and Sustainable Societies and Social Change (GlobalS).

Admission requirements

The applicant must hold the minimum of a bachelor’s degree (i.e. the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) with at least 90 credits in education or social science including independent work, i.e., a thesis or the equivalent. English proficiency is required.

Social Sciences include areas such as: Social and behavioral sciences, psychology, sociology, ethnology and human geography, political science, economics and economic history, journalism and information, media and communication studies, library and documentation science, business, commerce and administration, purchasing, sales and distribution, marketing, banking, insurance and finance, accounting and taxation, management and administration, clerical and secretarial services, law and jurisprudence, criminology, anthropology, peace and development studies, human rights, disability science, gender science, etc.

An assessment of your eligibility will be made by Admissions Office when a complete application has been placed.

Please check the university website for more information.

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Program content

NB Preliminary list of courses.

Year 1

  • Social sciences of sustainability
  • Sustainability, Digitalization, and Learning
  • The Global Teacher
  • Digitalization and Implementation Processes in School I
  • Academic Social Responsibility
  • Research Methods 1
  • Digitalization and Implementation Processes in School II
  • Master Thesis 1

Year 2

  • Sustainable Leadership in a Digital Age
  • Elective courses (after agreement with programme director), or
    • Studies at other university (after agreement with programme director)
  • Research Methods 2
  • Individual Literature Course
  • Master Thesis 2


In a compulsory five-week internship independently organized by the student, the student works with an implementation process, framed and formulated within the programme. The acquired experience allows for knowledge application, and further development. The surrounding courses on specific aspects of learning, digitalization, and sustainability serve the purpose to expand and deepen the internship experience, for example regarding collaborative practices across fields of expertise and professional roles within an organization, inclusive communication with tools, and leadership skills.

Study Abroad

During the third semester (22.5 credits), you have the option of designing your own semester from a selection of elective social science courses at Jönköping University, other Swedish universities or at universities abroad, after agreement with the programme director.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships from Jönköping University

Jönköping University offers scholarships on behalf of the Swedish government. The scholarships, intended for students who pay tuition fees, will cover a percentage of the fee for the duration of the programme.

Please visit the institute website for more scholarship options and information.


  • For the first semester: 58500 SEK
  • Total tuition fee: 117000 SEK

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students


Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Education specialisation in Learning and Digitalisation

Career paths

After graduating from the program, you will have carried out your own thesis project and be ready for qualified positions in various sectors where designs for learning are at the core of the development strategies. You will also be ready for post-graduate studies in education with a focus on digitalization and sustainability. The programme ties specifically onto the School of Education and Communication/Jönköping University's dynamic doctoral international research milieu in digitalization and education, involving nine national higher education institutions in Sweden and partners abroad.

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Jönköping University

Jönköping University is one of the most international universities in Sweden in terms of the number of international students and faculty as well as student-exchange opportunities. Research is also largely internationally focused, which translates into internationally relevant programs and courses....

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Jönköping University is one of the most international universities in Sweden in terms of the number of international students and faculty as well as student-exchange opportunities. Research is also largely internationally focused, which translates into internationally relevant programs and courses.

We’re home to Jönköping International Business School (the first school in Sweden to gain both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation) and have a strong focus on entrepreneurship throughout the university.

Outside of the classroom, we’re known for our exciting Introduction Week, which has been rated one of the best in Europe, as well as our very active and international student union that offers students loads of extracurricular activities, events, trips, etc.

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Jönköping University

551 11 Jönköping

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