MSc Science for Sustainable Development

Linköping University
4 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Application deadline: January 16th

About this program

MSc Science for Sustainable Development

Be part of the solution for a sustainable future! The future needs sustainable solutions to societal challenges. This program offers a holistic interdisciplinary approach to current societal problems, such as climate change, natural resource exploitation, increasing energy demand and inequality.

The master’s programme allows you to explore the complexity of creating sustainable societies in alignment with the principles of sustainable development and Agenda 2030. The programme addresses global environmental changes and societal transformations. It will challenge you to undertake critical analysis of present and future environmental concerns, apply scientific knowledge across academic disciplines, and develop interdisciplinary competence. Your training will enable you to develop skills to interpret, design, communicate, and implement solutions to sustainability and environmental challenges, which will be indispensable for your future career as a sustainable development expert.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen in one of the following areas:
    • natural sciences,
    • social sciences,
    • humanities or engineering
  • 15 ECTS credits passed in environmental sciences, sustainable development, or equivalent.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)

(Exemption from Swedish)

The deadline for submitting the online application is the 16th of January. The deadline for submitting all supporting documentation is the 1st of February. Documents that are submitted after the deadline will make the whole application late, and possibly not considered for most of the programmes.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development
  • Environmental and Resource Use Challenges

Semester 2

  • Designing Environmental Studies in Sustainable Development
  • Climate Science and Climate Change
  • Societal Transformations towards Sustainability
  • Sustainable Resources Management

Semester 3

  • Designing Environmental Studies in Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability in the urban realm: city/neighbourhood/home
  • Internship in Environmental Science
  • Internship in Environmental Science
  • Internship in Environmental Science
  • Research skills in environmental science I
  • Research skills in environmental science I
  • Research skills in environmental science I
  • Research skills in environmental science II
  • Research skills in environmental science II
  • Internship in Environmental Science
  • Internship in Environmental Science
  • Visualizing Sustainability Challenges and Pathways

Semester 4

  • Master’s Thesis in Science for Sustainable Development

Scholarships & funding

Linköping University (LiU) offers a limited number of scholarships to outstanding international students. For some programs and nationalities, it is also possible to apply for a scholarship through the Swedish Institute. There are also other funding opportunities for studies in Sweden.

For more information, please visit the website.


SEK 220000 - NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.


Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in Environmental Science

Career paths

Sustainability issues bridge academic disciplines and require diverse expertise. Few universities offer such an interdisciplinary perspective in environmental sciences as LiU does, with the teachers from academic backgrounds ranging from the humanities and social sciences to natural sciences and engineering. The program is the only one in the environmental sciences category to be awarded the highest quality ranking by the Swedish Higher Education Authority.

The program provides a strong basis for a career related to sustainable development and environmental sciences. Our graduates have positions in research institutes, universities, environmental organisations, businesses, NGOs, river basin commissions, consultancies, power companies, intergovernmental environmental agencies, and PhD programs.

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Linköping University 

Linköping University (LiU) was granted university status in 1975 and today has 32,000 students. including 2,000 international students. LiU rank among more than 20,000 universities in the world, both as a young university and in several subject rankings, such as...

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Why study at Linköping University

Linköping University welcomes students from all over the world, and English is widely spoken everywhere by its 2,000 international students, or about 6% of its student population. Many doctoral students and researchers are international.

We rank highly: LiU has been named as one of the world’s 200 best universities in education, materials science, sociology and electrical and electronic engineering, according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Good prospects: A degree from LiU makes you a highly sought after employee. An impressive 88% of our students are employed within 18 months of graduating.

Research that makes a difference: What makes Linköping University special is the lack of boundaries between different subjects and faculties, which has resulted in world-leading research environments and companies as well as a number of truly cross-disciplinary study programs.

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581 83 Linköping

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