Introduction to Sustainable Engineering - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Welcome! Here you can find the answers to many common questions. Please read this prior to emailing questions.
Application related questions:
I have questions about the documents I need to send. Who should I ask?
- For questions about the application process, please contact Lena Magnusson, at Lena.Magnusson (at) bth (dot) se
Do you accept applications from other countries?
- Yes, applications from all countries are welcome.
If accepted, can I apply for a Swedish residence/study permit?
- No, the course is web-based, and there is no need to travel to Sweden.
Do you accept late applications?
- No, we will not be processing late applications.
Is there a waiting list?
- Yes, we will invite the first 30 qualified applicants to participate in the course, and will keep a waiting list in case these spaces are not accepted. However, after the start date of the course, we will not be bringing in additional students (for example, if someone decided to drop the course mid-way through).
Course content related questions:
How much time will I need to dedicate to the course?
- There are approximately four hours of lecture time per week, which is pre-recorded and can be accessed online at any time. In addition, there is course reading (7 chapters of the textbook) to be completed throughout the duration of the course, plus other online resources to watch/explore.
- The total time commitment is estimated at between 6-9 hours per week, although this will vary depending on language ability, working style, and comfort level with both the course material and the technology.
What does the course assessment consist of?
- The course assessment consists of two written assignments, a final exam, and engagement with online discussion forms as well as live tutorials.
Does the course have a fixed schedule or can I take the lessons when I have the time?
- The lectures are pre-recorded, so you can watch them at your convenience. Also, the live discussion threads and online case studies can be accessed at any time through it's learning (BTH's online platform). There will be 3 tutorial sessions, when participants will log in and interact with a small group of students and a tutor. These will be scheduled according to time zones and availability. Also, participants will be asked to complete some group work, which will require coordination with others - but will be flexible (and we will form groups consisting of people within similar time zones).
I already have a Bachelor's degree. Will this course be good for me?
- Yes, the course is relevant to anyone who wishes to learn about strategic sustainable development, applied to engineering topics.
Is this a new course?
- No, this course has been developed and improved over the last six years. Previously, it was open to students of BTH partner universities only.
How much does tuition cost?
- There is no tuition cost for the course, as tuition is currently sponsored by the Swedish government, for all accepted applicants regardless of nationality.
How do I purchase the textbook?
- The textbook must be purchased from BTH, and costs 600 SEK, including national and international shipping costs. You can pay by either electronic money transfer to BTH, or personal cheque, and the textbooks will be mailed out as soon as we receive payment. More details will be available upon acceptance to the course.
I have further questions about the course content. Who should I ask?
- For questions about the course content, please contact Sustainabilitydistancelearning (at) bth (dot) se.