The MSLS programme revolves around two integrated themes: strategic sustainable development (SSD) - a science-based, strategic approach in planning towards sustainability, and organisational learning and leadership (OLL) - practicing leadership to effectively create change towards sustainability.
The nine-month programme (late August to early June) is divided into four study periods of equal length. The first two study periods are for coursework and the second two are for thesis work. Students take both core (mandatory) courses and electives. Electives have been designed in such a way that students can take both electives if they are willing to handle the increased workload. The overall MSLS programme consists of a total of 60 ECTS credits.
Period one (September - November): All students will become familiar with the Framework for stategic sustainable development in one intensive course Introduction to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (15 ECTS credits). From the context of this framework, students will explore topics in six modules covering economics, social sustainability, governance, scientific principles for sustainability, strategic management, organizational learning, sustainable product development, and industrial ecology. Students will also be encouraged to search out and identify their own specific interest in applying the framework. This will form the basis for their project work (periods three and four).
Period two (November - January): Students will take one mandatory course in Strategic Management for Sustainability (7,5 ECTS credits) and one elective course in either Engineering for a Sustainable Society or Advanced Societal Leadership (7,5 ECTS credits). When choosing courses in the second period students should consider their background, topics of interest and specific thesis opportunities. This period is designed to provide students the option of participating in all three courses if they so choose.
Periods three and four (January - June): All students will complete a thesis project (30 ECTS credits) based on applying the framework in their chosen area of study (i.e. agriculture, energy systems, development of materials or products, etc.) or organisation (i.e. company or municipality). Thesis topic selection and proposal development will initiate during period two and will continue through period three and four. Please note that all thesis projects are performed in groups of three people.
Field trips: Throughout the academic year, field trips within Sweden and/or surrounding areas will take place. The purpose is for students to learn about applications of sustainable development with individuals, groups and/or organisations. It is also a great opportunity for students to increase their networks and contacts in different fields and areas of work. Students should budget 1500 - 2500 SEK per person for these activities. Field trips are mandatory.