Photo: Cecilia Lundgren

Education for Sustainable Development - an introduction

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Mixed time
Location independent
Study form
Application period
Application code
Full education cost: 23 000 SEK
First payment: 23 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees

Application closed


In this 15 credit Master’s course you will critically and actively explore central concepts and perspectives in the field of education for sustainable development.

The course is entirely web-based with all teaching carried out online. Course langauge is English.


There is only one Earth. With global challenges such as climate change, mass extinction of species, rising inequity and a growing world population, the prospects for a quality life for all, seem rather bleak.

A central question in this course is the question: What is the role and responsibility of education in not only responding to sustainability problems but also in preventing them and in creating more sustainable futures?

In this 15-credit master’s course you will critically and actively explore central concepts and perspectives in the field of Education for Sustainable Development. The course content will be related to the participants’ own backgrounds, specific interests and prior experiences. 

Students with various study backgrounds (e.g. environmental sciences, social sciences, educational sciences, economics, arts and humanities) can enroll in this course as long as you have an interest in both sustainable development and education.

The course is an introduction to and a grounding for other courses within the Master's Programme in Education for Sustainable Development.

Prerequisites and selection

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's Degree of 180 credits, or a professional qualification specializing in the school system of at least 180 credits and an individual degree project/thesis of 15 credits within or outside the degree, or equivalent knowledge and skills. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.