The MSLS Programme at BTH is currently accepting proposals for thesis project collaboration.We are pleased to offer organisations the opportunity to work with a group of three of our international students from January through May on a strategic sustainable development project.Would you like to engage with tomorrow’s leaders in sustainability?Would you like to harness our students’ energy and creativity for your profit and enjoy the competitive advantage they will bring to your organisation?

Interested parties can contact us at

2. Potential Project Ideas


We seek your suggestions on areas of research and/or specific projects that are relevant to your organisation and can also provide guidance on developing projects to suit your needs.

Examples of Industry collaboration

Thesis project ideas from students


Our PhD Researchers also seek industry partners in a range of sustainability related research areas and master's thesis projects can be integrated to support and build upon these larger research programmes.

If you are interested to submit an idea to our students, please send us an 1-2 page document, outlining:

  • Organisation Name
  • Brief Organisation Description
  • Name & Contact Information of Primary Contact
  • Project Description (What 'problem' are you currently faced with that brings you to seek out more research/analysis?)
  • Specific Required/Desired Competencies or Qualifications
  • Any additional information you may wish to share, including available budget (if applicable), need for travel, etc.

We cannot provide any assurance that submitted topics will be chosen by the students, but we can ensure that they are presented to them as options.

3. Organisation Benefits

  • Experiential sustainability learning for your organisation
  • Cutting-edge, detailed assessment, analysis and recommendations by an external, objective and multi-disciplinary team of international Master’s students immersed in strategic sustainability learning. Students combine their traning with significant expertise in a range of professional backgrounds.
  • Close look at MSLS Programme graduates as potential hires
  • Stronger relationship between your organisation and the MSLS Programme through inclusion of the partnership in our StratLeade Network.
  • Critical educational support of future societal and organisational leaders

4. Thesis Project Profile

The most successful projects for both the students and the organisation incorporate the following:

  • A specific and concrete research question that is co-created by you and the students and that is based on an issue that is central to your organisation’s strategy and related issues
  • A client liaison who is engaged and available throughout the project
  • An agreement up-front on the details and extent of collaboration to be entered into.

5. Student Team Profile & Responsibilities

Each team will have the following:

  • Three MSLS Programme students
  • Supervision and evaluation by two of the MSLS Programme faculty
  • Support from an existing network of alumni and friends of the programme, who represent a significant resource of information and expertise in the area of strategic sustainable development

Depending on the extent of collaboration agreed, the deliverables from your MSLS student team could include:

  • Milestone and final written reports
  • Oral presentation and slides
  • Optional on-site reporting for organisation team members (travel-related expenses for on-site meetings are the responsibility of the organisation)

6. Liaison Responsibilities

Successful projects include the following liaison responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary organisation contact for students
    • Provide students with appropriate access to data/contacts within organisation
    • Provide students with guidance and periodic project check-ins
  • If appropriate, provide funding for project execution (we suggest a budget of US$5000)

7. About the Programme

The MSLS Programme revolves around an intellectually-strict model for making systematic progress towards an attractive and sustainable society. Built on a total systems perspective and a scientifically relevant world-view, the programme uses a framework for strategic sustainable development, an internationally-recognised methodology for guiding strategy towards sustainability (widely know amongst business and political leaders as The Natural Step framework). It is a generic and therefore widely applicable approach to sustainable development at multiple scales (e.g. global, national, business, corporate, community and individual), allowing for a systematic approach to: analyze current practices, envision solutions, find strategic paths to a sustainable outcome, and select and design cohesive and complimentary tools to support strategic planning for sustainability.

Students also build their personal leadership capabilities through the study of concepts such as organisational learning and transformational change processes. By learning and practicing a combination of the clear and logical structure of the framework for strategic planning for sustainability and a focus on leadership skills, graduates are able to re-enter the professional arena with an energetic and inspired approach to societal and organisational change. A specialization in technology or leadership and management is possible through choice of projects and electives.

The programme is taught in English and is transdisciplinary in approach. Students are typically high caliber professionals in 'mid-career' and are welcomed from any professional background and all four corners of the globe.

For more information, or to join our StratLeade Network, visit the programme's home page or contact Programme Director Tracy Meisterheim at

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