FAQ – questions and answers about the MSLS Programme
FAQ - questions and answers about the MSLS Programme
Below you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions we often receive from applicants. Please get in touch with us via email if you have questions which are not already answered here.
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Yes and No. For students who hold an EU/EEA citizenship, you will continue to have your tuition covered by the Swedish government.
For students with citizenships from other parts of the world, you will be required to pay tuitions fees for any programmes or courses starting after July 1, 2011.
Tuition for all programmes at BTH has been set at 120,000 SEK per year of full time (60 ECTS) studies.
You also need to have enough financial resources to cover your living expenses (see below) and need to budget 800 SEK for course books, photocopies, and other materials, in addition to the 1500-2500 SEK for field trips.
The cost of living in Sweden is similar to many countries in Europe and North America (slightly less expensive than some and slightly more expensive than others).
For example, rent for small student accommodation (10 – 30 sq. m.) ranges from 3500 – 5000 sek/month incl electricity, water and heating. Larger apartments in Karlskrona (45 – 65 sq.m.) may cost in the order of 4500 – 6000 sek/month. A nice lunch at the student cafeteria will cost about 65 sek and a monthly pass for the local transit system is about 380 sek/month. As of October 2022, 1 USD equals approximately 11.26 Swedish Krona (SEK). The Swedish Institute also provides information about the cost of living in Sweden.
Yes, in general, it does (from August 21st to June 15th not including winter and reading breaks). Even in periods three and four, group projects, tutorials and some seminars will necessitate attendance at BTH to gain the full learning experience. Some students may gain special permission to visit their project locations and/or their homes provided the visit can be shown to be significantly beneficial to their overall learning.
The programme is a one-year Master’s degree intended specifically for career professionals and those wishing to combine their undergraduate and prior training with a specialised sustainability/leadership competence.
It is fair to say that holistic sustainability education is a relatively new field, and so far there are a limited number of programmes available around the world. We are not aware of any other programmes that offer the international, transdisciplinary, science-based approach combining strategic sustainable development and leadership studies, that the MSLS programme provides. In this sense, the MSLS programme is unique and world-leading.
In Swedish, the degree title is ‘Magisterprogram i strategiskt ledarskap för hållbarhet‘ and the english title is ‘Master of Science (one year) in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability’. The Swedish Institute provides additional information about the equivalency of Swedish degrees in other countries.
Students are typically high calibre professionals in early to mid-career and come from a diverse range of personal, professional and academic backgrounds to represent the four corners of the world.
To date, students have represented over 90 countries (including Australia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Turkey, UAE and USA) and collectively speak more than 30 languages. They have brought to Karlskrona a wealth of experience in finance, architecture, management, the arts, teaching, chemistry, entrepreneurship, engineering, and many other fields.
For profiles of current and former students visit the MSLS website and read through our MSLS class biographies.
With such diversity in the class we can give no ready answer here. Our graduates have a shared vision and understanding of sustainability and are working in academia, business, government and the community, providing leadership and creating change.
Here are some examples of what they are doing now:
– creating their own sustainability consulting firms
– developing education and training programmes
– undertaking further research
– acting as freelance consultants in diverse fields
– undertaking green building design
– working as policy analysts
– preparing CSR / sustainability reports for some of the world’s largest organizations,
– campaigning for Greenpeace
– and so much more!
Check out our MSLS Alumni Stories from the Field to get a good picture of what our alumni do after they graduate from MSLS.
We highly recommend that you attend orientation week starting one week before the official semester commencement.
Information about the orientation week schedule will be provided to incoming students in early August.