Degree: Master of Science (two years) in Environmental Science
Science for Sustainable Development is a two-year interdisciplinary master's programme. It consists of theoretical and empirical studies in the natural, social and technological sciences that relate to societal and environmental issues of global concern, such as climate change and energy and water resources management.
Issues of sustainability are inherently complex and constantly changing. It is therefore crucial to address these issues in an interdisciplinary way. Courses are designed to give a deeper knowledge in relevant fields, and at the same time widen the students’ perspective on questions and challenges related to sustainable development. Students also learn how to use relevant analytical tools.
Climate science and policy is one important focus of the programme, since successful mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change are closely linked to the possibilities of achieving sustainable development. As mitigation and adaptation possibilities are linked to energy and water resources management, these are another two important foci of the programme.
Environmental, social and economic aspects - the three ‘pillars’ of sustainability - of the energy and water resources sectors, as well as interlinkages between these, are studied also in historical contexts other than climate change, such as demographic, political and technological change, production of scientific knowledge and economic globalisation. The programme also draws on recent research results and analytical frameworks from the field of science and technology studies.
An individual student project, the master’s thesis, is an important part of the programme, allowing students to choose the area within which to develop expertise based on interest and with support from ongoing relevant research.
The programme aims to prepare students for work with sustainable development issues in international and national agencies, universities, municipalities, non-governmental organisations and international corporations. The programme should also make the student eligible for doctoral programmes in related fields.
As an international programme, the master’s programme in Science for Sustainable Development co-operates with similar programmes at universities in other countries, and offers the students the opportunity to study for one semester at one of these universities.