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Sustainability labelled programmes

Since 2006, the University of Gothenburg has been using a special system for labelling those courses and study programmes that are related to sustainable development issues. On this site you can find international programmes labelled as either sustainability related or sustainability focused.

Sustainability focused programmes

These programmes have a focus on sustainability. The programmes are designed to fit into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance and a guarantee that the programmes contain a pronounced perspective on sustainability.

The master’s programme in Atmosphere, Climate, and Ecosystems adds resources to the understanding of and solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It provides you with the opportunity to study the complex global system made up of the atmosphere, climate, and ecosystems, and the related global challenges. As a graduate of the programme, you will be prepared to enter society with broad knowledge in natural science and special competence in a specialized field of science, intermixed with global challenges.

Read more about the master's programme in Atmosphere, Climate and Ecosystems here

During the master’s programme in Ecotoxicology you will obtain the skills necessary to identify problems related to the presence of toxic chemicals in the environment, develop appropriate problem-solving strategies and learn modern experimental techniques. You will also learn about the bigger societal context in which ecotoxicology operates. All of this will allow you to make a positive contribution to the work conducted at academia and industry alike, but also at governmental authorities and non-governmental organizations.

Read more about the master's programme in Ecotoxicology here

The online master’s programme in Education for Sustainable Development explores how education can support critical inquiry and be a positive force for transformation and change for a more sustainable future. As a student of the programme, you will be prepared not only to respond to local and global sustainability challenges, but to counteract them and contribute to more sustainable futures through education and research. Being entirely web-based, the programme allows you to study with students around the globe.

Read more about the master's programme in Education for Sustainable Development here

Environmental science studies the threats to our common future on Earth, but also the opportunities human society has to tackle these challenges. As a student of the master’s programme in Environmental Science, you will gain in-depth knowledge and competence regarding all aspects of environmental problems (causes, emissions, impacts, and mitigation measures), and how those aspects interact. You will be prepared to work as an environmental expert, working towards a sustainable future.

Read more about the master's programme in Environmental Sciences here.

Our master’s programme combines physical and human geography to explore geography’s role in modern society. Geography’s breadth goes beyond its stereotype of maps and state capitals to explore the interactions between landscape and humanity. Whether you’re interested in Geographical Information Systems, human rights, climate change, or city planning and resource distribution, you will develop the skills necessary to address future challenges with this modern science.

Read more about the master's programme in Geography here.

The master's programme in Global Health provides an interdisciplinary perspective to global development and health. As a student of the programme, you will develop a range of competencies necessary for promoting global health equality and equity. You will be prepared to analyse and problematize the spreading of unequal health and be able to carry out interventions and contribute to a sustainable future.

Read more about the master's programme in Global Health here. 

This Nordic master’s programme offers a deep and coherent integration of biological, environmental, social, legal, and spatial planning aspects of sustainable production and utilization of marine bio-resources collaboratively by four Nordic universities. As a student of the programme, you will develop knowledge and skills in marine food production systems and build networks and partnership opportunities with academic institutions, the industry, authorities and the seafood trade, and product and marketing institutions.

Read more about the Nordic Master's Programme in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources here. 

Public health science is a multidisciplinary field that focus on health and disease at population level.  The programme provides the skills you need to work strategically and practically with public health, both nationally and internationally. You will learn the individual and structural factors that impact health and what conditions ensure individuals have good health and health equality.

Programme page Public Health Science

A programme where students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners from different disciplines come together to learn, exchange, and create new knowledge about the sustainable use of the sea and its resources. As a student, you will benefit from this transdisciplinary approach and develop a broad skillset for a career in marine and maritime authorities, industry, environmental courts and multidisciplinary marine sciences, and be prepared to respond to increasingly complex challenges resulting from humans’ interaction with the sea.

Read more about the Master's programme in Sea and Society here. 

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In these programmes, issues related to sustainability are addressed. The content of the programmes fits into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance, and a guarantee that the programmes contain a pronounced sustainability perspective.

This interdisciplinary programme is about cultural heritage conservation in a societal context. It provides you with advanced knowledge, skills, and tools to address the tangible and intangible resources of cultural heritage, and deals with the complexity of their conservation. The programme is taught by scholars with experience from different fields of research and countries. It expands your professional career possibilities in Sweden and internationally, and prepares you for further academic research.

Read more about the Master's programme in Conservation

This programme is a practical conservation course. Laboratory-based learning is complemented by an internship in conservation practice. Research carried out in the second year of the programme will involve modern scientific inquiry and investigation. The course is taught in English and involves both theoretical and professional training to hone your technical skills and prepare you for a career in art conservation. The academic year 2022/2023 the focus will be modern materials.

Read more about the Master's programme in Conservation with Specialization in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects here

The master’s programme in Embedded Design encourages you to critically reflect upon your role as an embedded designer and meet the growing demand for innovative and disruptive design. You will become a maker of change and will learn to develop companies, organizations, and institutions by using a strategic and artistic design practice. The programme prepares you to follow both conventional and unconventional design careers, able to work as a collaborative partner while actively taking a critical stance and disrupting the status quo.

Read more about the Master of Fine Arts programme in Design with Specialisation in Embedded Design here.

Against the background of global change, modern society has an increasing need of citizen competence in Earth sciences. The accessibility of Earth science information is greater today, resulting in new areas of application and new methods to manage geo-resources on a local and global basis.

Read more about the Master's programme in Earth Sciences here. 

The Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice offers courses and opportunities for study in Sweden, Spain, England, and Norway and brings together legal, sociological, political, anthropological, and practical perspectives. Students are supported from the classroom to the job market, preparing you for human rights work in civil society organizations, governments, the public sector, and business. To apply, you should have a minimum of two years’ practitioner experience in the field of human rights.

Programme website Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Policy and Practice

The Master’s Programme provides the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of how globalization shape lives, environments, and possibilities for action and imagination. You will explore global issues and gain a critical understanding of the main challenges facing global society today, and contribute to finding ways forward. With a focus on current research and the possibility of practicing your skills and knowledge in an internship, you will graduate with the ability to work for a more equal, sustainable, and inclusive society.

Read more about the Master's programme in Global Studies here. 

This programme combines high-level skills in languages with intercultural communication and gives the student access to a broad labour market. The programme starts each autumn semester.

The main fields of study are African languages, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Read more about the Master's programme in Language and Intercultural Communication here.

The master's programme in Marketing and Consumption explores marketing, branding, meeting sustainability challenges, and understanding consumers in a global marketplace. It targets you who want to learn about the role of marketing and consumption in contemporary society, its cultural underpinnings, and global dimensions. Through cutting-edge, research-based courses, it gives you an opportunity to develop strategic thinking and top-quality skills in marketing and consumption.

Read more about the Master's programme in Marketing and Consumption here. 

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