Uppsala University

Sustainable Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English


The term ”sustainable development” has several definitions. A common denominator is that living standards for human beings must improve – but without jeopardizing the possibility for future generations to enjoy equally good conditions. Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have jointly created the Master Programme in Sustainable Development to meet the environmental demands from the market and government authorities.

As a student of the Master Programme in Sustainable Development, you will use comprehensive work methods where the sum is greater than the individual parts. In addition to the content of your specialisation, you will gain holistic interdisciplinary competence in the field of sustainable development. Students who have studied sustainable development have learned to listen to the opinions of others, and to defend their own.

An interdisciplinary programme improves your understanding of other subject areas and the fact that not everything is as simple as one may first believe.

The objective of this master programme is to enable you to utilise aspects of sustainable development in your future professional activity, irrespective of what you work with. This could be social planning, education, research, organization of supranational agencies, natural resource management and much more.


The Swedish Government’s objective is that sustainable development should permeate all future education. This can occur only if future decision-makers and educators possess requisite knowledge of these issues. After you obtain your degree, career prospects include: Teacher, Engineer, Economist, Product Developer, Logistician, Designer, Lawyer, Decision- Maker, Educator and Researcher.

The programme can also lead to work in bodies such as the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, UNESCO, the United Nations, as well as local authorities and county councils or in the transport sector. You could also work for non-profit organizations.

Demand is expected to increase in industry for employees with knowledge of issues related to sustainable development together with solid specialist knowledge in social sciences, natural sciences, jurisprudence and the humanities. Sectors concerned include the electronics, construction and the automotive or forestry industries.

You will be prepared for research studies and an academic career.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Sustainable Development as the main field of study.

Programme Structure

First semester
You will devote the first semester to subject areas both within and outside your specialisation. Natural and social sciences will dominate, however. You will also take part in interdisciplinary seminars where current issues concerning sustainable development are explored.
Second semester
You will study how society’s structure influences our ability to achieve sustainable development. The studies embrace global issues, decision-making processes and interdisciplinary methods. You will use your knowledge in a case study that you pursue together with the other students. If you wish to obtain a one-year Master’s degree, you must conclude the second term with an essay.
Third and fourth semester
You may choose from a wide range of advanced courses in your specialisation to deepen and broaden the knowledge obtained during your Bachelor’s programme. You may also choose to gain practical experience or take courses at a lower level outside your special field. During this time, you may apply for one of the departmental student exchange agreements or other exchange agreements at the faculty and university. The final term is oriented towards a degree project.

Detailed Programme Facts

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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  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the natural sciences, technology, the social sciences, law or the humanities (with the exception of language studies).

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30565 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


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