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Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability


Course Description

The challenge
The results of unsustainable human development are evident worldwide - climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty, and inequality are deteriorating 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 the challenge that our graduates are prepared to meet.

“The question of reaching sustainability is not about if we will have enough energy, enough food, or other tangible resources – those we have. The question is: will there be enough leaders in time?”
- Dr. Göran Broman and Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, founders of the MSLS programme

Description of the programme
The programme is founded on the basic premise that a ‘whole-system’, transdisciplinary approach is needed to deal with the sustainability challenge of meeting our society’s needs today and into the future. The programme is delivered in a non-traditional educational setting with experiential and holistic learning methods. Two integrated streams are the focus: 1) a framework for strategic sustainable development; and 2) organisational learning and leadership required for sustainability decision-making.

Participants will gain:
• The scientific foundation and the practical skills for strategic planning towards a sustainable society;
• Experiential learning from one of the leading nations in sustainability practice (Sweden);
• Interaction with peers from diverse nationalities and professional backgrounds;
• Graduation into an active alumni network; and
• Career paths as sustainability practitioners in business, academia, government, and community organisations.

Programme specifics
• The programme is for early to mid-career professionals from any professional background and any nation. Preference is given to degrees related to natural science, engineering, business or the environment.
• Applications are open from November 1st to January 15th for international students, and from March 15th to April 15th for Swedish students. Late applications are considered.
• The programme runs for one academic year from late August to June.
• Tuition is fully sponsored by the Swedish government for EU and EEA citizens. Non-EU/EEA citizens pay tuition of 100,000 Swedish Krona, paybable in two installments (June and January).
• The programme is taught (and therefore requires proficiency) in English.

Contact us
www.bth.se/msls
[email protected]
Blekinge Institute of Technology
SE-371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden
+46 (0) 455 38 55 00

Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree in any discipline; interest in international, transdisciplinary, strategic approach to sustainability combined with organisational learning and leadership skills, Fluency in English.

Course Fees

Students must cover their living expenses, textbook, and one field trip.


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