Masters in Sustainable Development

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2024
Application deadline: 15 January 2024
Masters in Sustainable Development

About this program

MSc with a major in Sustainable Development or Environmental Science

Do you want to gain the knowledge and skills required to deal with complex challenges to sustainable development? Then this is the perfect programme for you.

This programme has an interdisciplinary approach and combines advanced courses concerning sustainable development, including both theoretical and practical courses within natural resource use, society and the environment, and energy-water-food.

Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) have jointly created the Master's Programme in Sustainable Development to offer higher education on complex problems facing humanity and the planet, and challenges for sustainable futures. Students at the programme are from more than twenty countries, with background in social- and natural science, civil engineering, economics and law, all highly committed to sustainability issues.

With a Master’s degree in Environmental Science you will have in-depth knowledge of the interaction between ecological, social and economic factors.  You will be able to start your career as a consultant, manager, or decision maker in the private or public sector, or possibly as a teacher. You will also be able to continue your studies towards a PhD and a scientific career.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognized university.

All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

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Program content

The program starts with a review of different approaches to sustainable development in natural and social sciences. You will be equipped with a number of analytical and quantitative tools appropriate for assessing and managing sustainable development. These are then applied to interdisciplinary case studies where you will work with students from other disciplines. You choose optional courses in the third term within the profile of your Bachelor’s degree. The master thesis is written during the fourth and final term. 


Tuition fees for students outside of EU/EEA and Switzerland: SEK 290,000

Career paths

The degree offers the prospect of a job as a decision maker in the private or public sector, a teacher or a scientist. Examples of job opportunities in the private sector are the automobile construction and IT sectors, and a range of non-governmental organisations. Other potential employers are public agencies such as environmental protection agencies and local and regional authorities, owing to their need to implement sustainability targets set by central government. The studies will also form an excellent basis for pursuing PhD studies and academic research.

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. SLU's educational programmes give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of...

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Why study at SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

SLU's educational programs give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of fields with strong connections to the UN sustainability goals. Our students are in demand on the labour market and often find employment immediately after graduating.

Teaching at SLU takes place in close cooperation with research. We are the only Swedish university offering professional degrees in the following fields:

  • Agricultural science
  • Animal science
  • Forest science
  • Landscape architecture
  • Veterinary medicine.

The program offering also includes a number of international Master’s programs, such as Forest Ecology and Sustainable management, Horticultural Science, Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being and Sustainable Food Systems.

More than 40 per cent of our courses are taught in English, and 60 per cent of our Master’s students come from countries other than Sweden. At our campuses there are students from around 50 countries.

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SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Arrheniusplan 4
750 07 Uppsala

Phone no: 4618672800

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