Environmental risk management and problem-solving for a sustainable world


Environment, Sustainability and Global Development, Master Programme (INT)

120 credits




This two-year Master’s degree that combines natural and social sciences, focusing on multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required to analyse and address some of the world’s most challenging environmental and sustainability problems. You can choose between two different specialisations: Environment, Politics, and Global Development; and Ecosystem Management, Biodiversity and Climate Change.

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Careers involving the environment, communication, politics and health There is a growing need for professionals who can adopt multidisciplinary perspectives when dealing with issues relating to the environment and natural resources. The broad scope of this programme, where issues related to sustainable social-ecological systems, politics and global development are studied in a holistic way, is a good preparation for subsequent employment, spanning from the private sector (from small-scale enterprise to large corporations), over national and international NGOs, to politics and public administration at local, regional, national and international levels. This Master’s programme will also provide you with the necessary qualification for doctoral studies in Environmental Science or equivalent disciplines. Read about research in this subject
Multidisciplinary perspectives on the environment and sustainability This two-year Master’s degree programme combines natural and social sciences, focusing on multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, and has two specialisations: 1) Environment, Politics, and Global Development; 2) Ecosystem Management, Biodiversity and Climate Change. Some courses are common to both specialisations, including the final Master’s dissertation, courses on research methods applied to Environmental Science, as well as courses on environmental planning and on environmental risks. It is possible to receive a one-year Master’s degree, completing a 15-credit dissertation in the second semester. The specialisation in Environment, Politics, and Global Development draws attention to factors that include complex interactions and justice in global governance and decision-making. An important part of this specialisation trains you to communicate complex scientific arguments in ways that are adapted to different audiences. Ecosystem Management, Biodiversity and Climate Change targets ecosystem-based, multidimensional approaches that include the ecological, social, and economic aspects of resilient and sustainable social-ecological systems. There is a focus on understanding the role of ecosystem services in planning and decision-making for sustainable governance, the role of the EU in contemporary environmental governance, and implementing the UN’s global sustainability goals. Please check the semester overview for the specialisation you are interested in: Environment, Politics, and Global Development {"id":"10_552d81071864b7a1cbf8051_12_4a51d3151799e35bc3b159eb","isOffline":false,"isOnline":true,"baseRouteUri":"/appresource/4.1dfa69ad1630328ad7cbac18/12.4a51d3151799e35bc3b159eb","baseViewUri":"/english/sodertorn-university/programmes--courses/programmes/masters/environment-sustainability-and-global-development-master-programme-int?sv.target=12.4a51d3151799e35bc3b159eb&sv.12.4a51d3151799e35bc3b159eb.route=%2F","baseResourceUri":"/webapp-files/se.soleilit.ExpandableDecoration/1.1.2"} {"id":"10_552d81071864b7a1cbf8051","name":"Environment, Politics, and Global Development","level":"h2","openOnQuery":true,"queryParameter":"query"} !function(){var e=document.head||document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0],t=document.createElement("link");t.rel="stylesheet",t.type="text/css",t.href="/webapp-resource/4.1dfa69ad1630328ad7cbac18/360.6c094ee11884c7cc3597ce00/1686636485100/webapp-assets.css",e.appendChild(t)}(); Semester 1 Ecosystem management; Statistics; Environmental Health; Biodiversity and conservation Semester 2 Climate change and sustainability transformation; Analytical tools in environmental science; Sustainability, civil society and transnational governance; Communicating scientific knowledge and complex environmental issues Semester 3 Sustainability, policy and knowledge production; Research methods; Environmental planning for sustainable governance; Environmental risks, assessment and management  Semester 4 Dissertation in Environmental Science Course design Most courses on the programme are based around lectures and seminars given by researchers and guest lecturers from the university and external organisations. Group projects have members from different disciplines and are presented orally and in writing, developing international and interdisciplinary communication skills. Theoretical models and empirical data are brought together in a hands-on manner, using pressing environmental and sustainability issues as examples. There is an emphasis on integrative and reflective discussion. The final semester of the programme focuses on the production of a 30-credit dissertation.
A multidisciplinary approach to issues surrounding the environment and sustainability Are you interested in learning more about issues relevant for a sustainability transformation, such as policy, ecosystem management, and global development or the potential impact of environmental research on societal values such as democracy? This Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in environmental politics or ecosystem management. It focuses on helping you develop a multidisciplinary knowledge base, analytical skills and the ability to use theoretical approaches to major environmental and sustainability issues. The broad scope of this programme, in which issues related to environmental sustainability, politics and global development are studied in a holistic way, is a good preparation for subsequent employment or for further research. It also offers you the opportunity to identify and reflect on your own knowledge and attitudes in relation to different theories and ideas in the environmental sciences, generating both personal and academic development.