MSLS

Master´s Programme in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability 60 credits

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This programme is a 10-month transformational Master’s programme that focuses on advancing knowledge, skills and global networks, in order to enable the student to become a strategic leader in the co-creation of thriving, sustainable societies.

This programme revolves around two integrated themes. The first is Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD). SSD is about creating and executing economically viable approaches for evolving products, systems, organisations and communities in a way that supports global society’s transition towards sustainability. Students will learn about the sustainability challenge and related opportunities, and how to use field-tested, time-proven and science-based methodologies to perform strategic sustainable development in any context, at any scale.

The second theme is Leading in Complexity. Leading in Complexity means to deal respectfully with the complexity of the world today and effectively facilitate change in this context. Students are invited to explore the meaning and implications of complexity for social change and their own leadership. They will learn and practise methodologies and develop skills for facilitating the change needed to build a vibrant, sustainable future together with others.

The programme consists of 60 credits and leads to a one-year Master’s degree.

The Master’s Programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) has hosted more than 600 students from more than 80 countries, with great diversity also regarding age, gender, personalities, educational backgrounds and professional backgrounds. This tightly-nit community constitutes an utterly dedicated, competent, and unstoppable global ‘sustainability virus’, which gives me great hope for a better world. I am very proud of being part of the co-creation of this ‘force of nature’ and I welcome you to join our global MSLS-family.

Göran Broman

Professor Göran Broman, one of the programme founders

Content

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, full-time
  • Application code: BTH-90533
  • Study period: 2018-September-03 until 2019-June-09
  • Education level: Second cycle
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Programme syllabus: Download
  • Application: Apply via universityadmissions.se
  • Welcome letter: Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
  • Entry requirements: Applicants having a Bachelor degree, English B/English 6 and relevant work experience (internship, volunteer service, full or part time work, extra-curricular activity) over the course of at least 6 months that demonstrates your experience with social and/or environmental sustainability.

    Specific eligibility in the English language from upper secondary school for non-Swedish students:
    TOEFL 575/90; IELTS 6.5 no section below 5.5, or University of Cambridge and Oxford tests.

Are you the next Sustainability Leader? The results of unsustainable human development are evident worldwide – climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty and inequality are reducing 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 what we prepare our students for.

The Master of Science programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability is a one-year programme aimed at training future leaders and change agents to support the sustainable development of society in a way that strengthens their own organization. The programme consists of two key fields, which are integrated to support strategic leadership towards sustainability: (1) methodology for the structuring and coordination of knowledge, concepts, methods and tools to support planning and decision-making for strategic sustainable development, and (2) methodology for leadership in complexity and especially for engaging co-workers in the work of change and for developing organizations into flexible and adaptive systems that can act proactively and strategically for sustainable development. Several supplementary theories, concepts, methods and tools as well as other basic knowledge within the sustainability field are included in the programme and are structured in relation to the key fields.

DEGREE

On completion of the programme, students will be awarded the second cycle degree

Master of Science (60 credits).

Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.
Degree in Swedish: Filosofie magisterexamen.
Huvudområde: Strategiskt ledarskap för hållbarhet.

Admission

Admission criteria
In the case of more qualified applicants than available positions for the current programme start, a selection is made. This is done in the following way:

METHOD 3 Master’s Programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

GENERAL

This method is intended to assess the applicant’s motivation and preconditions for studies at the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability”.

SELECTION CRITERIA

• Curriculum Vitae
• An essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the programme, providing information about her or his relevant personal or professional experiences (maximum 2 500 words)
• 2 letters of reference (recommendations from two people who are familiar with the applicant’s ability and skills)
• Higher education grades

SPECIFICATION OF SELECTION CRITERIA

Ranking of the applicants will be based on the relative qualification level as regards:
• Academic results at prior higher education studies
• Relevance of degree (and of courses included) for scientifically based studies at Master’s level in strategic sustainable development
• Relevant professional experience
• Demonstrated interest in ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” (e.g. through choice of work, voluntary work, other community services or in other way)

MAXIMUM MERIT RANKING

A maximum of 8 points will be given, based on the following criteria:
1. Academic results at prior higher education studies:
• 2 points: very good results (i.e. a significant number of courses with grades well above average – e.g. ’first class’ or ’pass with distinction’)
• 1 point: good results (i.e. a significant number of courses with grades above average – e.g. ’second class upper division’ or ’pass with credit’)
• 0 points: weak or sufficient results (i.e. a significant number of courses with average grades or under – e.g. ’second class lower division’ or ’pass’)
2. Relevance of degree:
• 2 points: degree in science and/or engineering with a significant number of courses in environ-ment, sustainability, geoscience and/or socio-cultural studies or degree in economics with a significant number of courses in natural sciences, sustainability, engineering and/or socio-cultural studies
• 1 point: degree in social sciences or professional qualification with a significant number of courses in natural sciences or sustainability
• 0 points: degree in social sciences or professional qualification with few or no courses in natural sciences or sustainability
3. Relevant professional experience:
• 2 points: the equivalent of a total of 3 or more years’ work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
• 1 point: the equivalent of a total of 1-3 years’ work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
• 0 points: the equivalent of a total of less than 1 year’s work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
4. Demonstrated interest in the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability”
• 2 points: Manifests a clear interest in the programme and clearly describes how the relevant professional experiences or the personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability
• 1 point: Manifests an interest in the programme and describes how the relevant professional experience or personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability
• 0 points: Manifests no interest in the programme and does not describe how the relevant professional experience or the personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability.

WORKING METHOD

Applications that are accepted for examination based on the general admission requirements for the programme will be ranked according to the above by the programme admissions committee, consisting of teachers of the programm.

Qualification Awarded

On completion of the programme, students will be awarded the second cycle degree
Master of Science (60 credits).
Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.
Degree in Swedish: Filosofie magisterexamen.
Huvudområde: Strategiskt ledarskap för hållbarhet.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the program the student will:
  • demonstrate deepened knowledge about society’s sustainability challenges, be able to describe and characterize basic reasons for these and be able to explain and criticize responses to these challenges in academia, the business world and other parts of society.
  • demonstrate deepened knowledge about methodology for strategic sustainable development that supports structured and coordinated cooperation between different disciplines, organizational units and sectors of society, including a principled definition of ecological and social sustainability and strategic guidelines for how an organization can contribute to society’s transition to sustainability in a way that is economically advantageous to the organization.
  • demonstrate deepened knowledge about methodology for leadership in complexity, including systems thinking, organizational change, organizational learning, transformative change, dialogic organization development, organizational dynamics, mental models and facilitation of cooperation between different disciplines, organizational units and sectors of society.
  • demonstrate deepened understanding of how the two central fields of the program (strategic sustainable development and leadership in complexity) can be integrated with each other and with supplementary fields, concepts, methods and tools as support of strategic leadership towards sustainability.
  • demonstrate deepened methodology knowledge about research for strategic leadership towards sustainability, especially qualitative and design science methods, and be able to demonstrate broad insight into current research of that kind.

Abilities and skills
On completion of the program the student will:
  • demonstrate ability to integrate and apply the two central fields of the program (strategic sustainable development and leadership in complexity)for research and development work or other qualified activity, including being able to analyze and develop solutions and strategic plans and choose, combine and develop supplementary concepts, methods and tools.
  • demonstrate ability to independently identify and formulate problems of relevance to strategic leadership towards sustainability and with support of the central methodology of the program for strategic sustainable development and leadership in complexity plan and with adequate methods from supplementary fields carry out qualified assignments within given timeframes in academia, the business world and other parts of society.
  • demonstrate ability to orally and in writing in a way that is comprehensible to different groups describe and present the meaning of strategic leadership towards sustainability, argue for conclusions and engage other persons in work of change and organizational learning, facilitate and lead such work and reflect upon the personal leadership.

Judgment and approach
On completion of the program the student will:
  • demonstrate ability to make assessments of different solutions and strategic plans for how organizations can contribute to sustainable development, in view of relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects, and consider ethical aspect of research and development work for sustainability and especially of design science research for strategic leadership towards sustainability.
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of engineering and science as support of society’s transition to sustainability and how different stakeholders use science for their purposes, as for example in the discourse on climate changes.
  • demonstrate ability to evaluate and critically relate to different theories, concepts, methods and tools in the field of sustainability, including the central methodology of the program for strategic sustainable development and leadership in complexity.
  • demonstrate ability to, with support of the program’s central methodology for strategic sustainable development and leadership, identify needs of further knowledge.

Job profiles

Please see programme website www.bth.se/msls for more information.
Planning of the education

The study program combines different methods and approaches for teaching and learning. In the beginning of the program the emphasis is on lecture-based teaching, which later gradually passes into in more independent work for the students with supervision and coaching from teachers. To different degrees, all courses include lectures, possibilities for discussion, dialogue and reflection, supervision and coaching and written assignments and/or projects, individual and/or in groups, to apply the acquired knowledge. This setup makes possible a continuous and close dialogue with the students and integration of their interests and expertise. The teachers in the program represent many different scientific backgrounds, professional experiences and perspectives and are through their own research, development and concrete sustainability work well updated as regards the intensive knowledge development in the main field of study. This applies both to BTH personnel and guest teachers, who in many cases are internationally leading experts in their fields. The students in the program also represent a diversity of educational backgrounds, professional experiences and cultural backgrounds and have high competence in different parts of the sustainability field. Many opportunities are given for the exchange of knowledge and experiences between the students and with teachers, e.g., in large or small dialogue groups. This is an intentional part of the design and pedagogy of the program, which creates a unique learning environment. The students are given a general overview of the main field of study and deepened knowledge in certain parts and also insight into current research and development. Several of the sustainability researchers at BTH take part in the teaching and the external experts contribute from their perspectives and also impart a rich set of case studies from companies, municipalities and other organizations. The many project assignments give the students possibility to integrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills. During the entire program time and support is given for reflection on the student’s own learning.

Please see programme website www.bth.se/msls for more information.

Programme Evaluation and Programme Advisory Board

On completion of each course within the program, students who has participated in the course will be offered an opportunity to submit their experiences and understandings of the course through a course evaluation, which will be compiled and reported back to the students in the course. The feedback is used in the process to improve the contents and delivery of the programme.

The Programme Advisory Board is responsible for ensuring quality, development and education usability for labour market and consists of each subject area's representative, students, alumni and a representative for the labour market.

Courses in this program

Contact us

Programme manager: Elaine Daly

Student counsellor: Student counselling