Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

International Masters programme


"The question of reaching sustainability is not about if we will have enough energy, enough food, or other tangible resources - those we have. The question is: will there be enough leaders in time?"


- Dr. Göran Broman and Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, programme founders

The challenge and the opportunity of sustainable development


The results of unsustainable human development are evident worldwide - climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty, and inequality are deteriorating our capacity to sustain our ways of life. Our society needs more effective ways of using our skills and resources to create positive change. This is the challenge that our graduates are prepared to meet.

Programme Description


The programme is founded on the basic premise that a "whole-system", transdisciplinary approach is needed to deal with the sustainability challenge of meeting our society's needs today and into the future. The programme is delivered in a non-traditional educational setting with experiential and holistic learning methods. Two integrated streams are the focus: 1) a framework for strategic sustainable development; and 2) organisational learning and leadership required for sustainability decision-making.

By taking part in the programme, students will gain:

  • The scientific foundation and the practical skills for strategic planning towards a sustainable society using a "whole-system" approach;
  • Experiential learning from one of the leading nations in sustainability practice (Sweden);
  • Interaction with peers from diverse nationalities and professional backgrounds ;
  • Graduation into an active alumni network ;
  • Career paths as sustainability practitioners in business, academia, government, and community organisations.


Programme specifics

  • The programme is for early to mid career professionals from any professional background and any nation.
  • The programme is taught (and therefore requires proficiency) in English.
  • Preference is given to degrees related to natural science, engineering, business or the environment.
  • Applications are open November 1st for international students and March 15th  for Swedish students.
  • The programme runs for one academic year from late August to June.
  • Entry is competitive to ensure a high quality learning environment.
  • Tuition is fully sponsored by the Swedish government for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland.


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