Master of Science with specialization in Energy and Management for Sustainable Development Linnaeus University
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Climate change has become possibly the world’s most serious problem, which needs our urgent attention. The problem is complex and multi-dimensional. Energy and its management are the key enablers in addressing not only the climate challenge but also other sustainable development goals. This master's program is tailored for you as an engineer or technologist to investigate and understand symbiotic and systemic relations between energy, climate, and sustainable development, and to implement innovative solutions.
Our current energy production and consumption patterns risk our future ability to support ourselves on the planet. Energy production and utilization systems must be renewable-based and climate-smart, and the whole system must be energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and economically efficient. The knowledge that you gain in this program will be instrumental in understanding and addressing the societal challenges relating to energy and the climate through innovation and business leadership.
Through this program, you will learn about the following:
- Various environmental paradigms and environmental analysis tools, life cycle analysis, environmental innovations, and environmental accounting, are important for making environmental decisions.
- How green financing is key to enabling inclusive growth and accelerating the shift to a resource-efficient society and decarbonizing the economy? This is to understand how the private sector needs to be engaged in climate-smart technologies, scale-up capabilities, transformative innovations, and green capital when governmental initiatives are no longer enough to meet the sustainability challenges at hand.
- How the external reporting of energy and sustainability-related actions extends accountability of companies to the society in which companies operate.
- Various energy policy instruments and innovation strategies, and their impact on investment decisions and public behavior from a sustainability perspective.
An interdisciplinary and experienced team with profound knowledge of sustainability and development issues will teach the courses. The courses are complemented by guest lectures by experts from industry, governmental and non-profit organizations.
Master of Science (120 credits) with specialization in Energy and Management for Sustainable Development. The main field of Study: Bioenergy Technology.
This is Linnaeus University
Linnaeus University is a modern, international university in the southeast of Sweden. We are located in two nature-loving cities, one by the Baltic sea and one surrounded by lakes in the greenest city in Europe. More facts about Linnaeus University:
- Founded in 2010 through a merger between Kalmar University and Växjö University;
- Located in Kalmar and Växjö;
- 44,000 enrolled students;
- 2,200 enrolled international students;
- 6th largest university in Sweden in terms of the number of students;
- 780 partner universities in more than 80 countries;
- 100-degree programs on the first-cycle level, 8 of them taught in English;
- 80-degree programs on the second cycle level, 35 of them taught in English.
Roughly 15 minutes by bike from the city center, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with a university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.
What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavor. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city center and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!
Several companies in the region support education in Energy and Management and will actively contribute to the program's various courses. This is what companies say about the program:
PWC: We see that the master's program in Energy and management for sustainable development is interesting to us based primarily on the focus of all our customers on these issues. Customers and contacts are increasingly demanding this type of advice.
IKEA: We see the master's program in Energy and Management as an important future competence resource. Energy will be an important future area where technology development and energy perspectives on future manufacturing and product development. The consumer perspective is also important, as consumers' basis for decisions and purchases, as well as providing more access to sustainable energy.
Volvo Construction Equipment: We see that the master's degree in Energy and Management for Sustainable Development is interesting to us because it can provide an increased range of resources with the knowledge to conduct work where the environment and social sustainability are well integrated into economic development. That competence is needed so that we can continue to be a leader in every industry with the resource challenges and adjustments that are ongoing and necessary for society.
VIDA: We see a great need for qualified expertise in bioenergy, from the forest along the entire production chain to various potential areas of use. The proposed master's program would also mean good opportunities for increased collaboration between Linnaeus University and the forest industry.
Bixia: We work actively to enable more renewable electricity in the electricity system. We view positively Linnaeus University's investment in increased competence and research in the field of energy and sustainability and the master's program in Energy and management for sustainable development.
At Linnaeus University, you have plenty of opportunities to broaden your international perspective. During the course of your program, you can choose to study abroad through exchange studies to gain international experience. If you do, you will conduct part of your studies at one of our many partner universities around the world.
Also at home, you can gain international experience. Many courses contain intercultural elements. For instance, in the form of course literature or guest lecturers from other countries. In your leisure time, you can get involved in associations together with students from a wide range of other programs and countries, or meet international students through our buddy program.
The program starts with a joint semester in technology and science-based courses on the climate situation, innovation systems, and calculation of environmental footprint. Term two consists of an economics block of specially composed courses for technicians, to develop the concepts of company organization and innovation, sustainability management, and financing.
Year 2 offers a focus on in-depth knowledge of product imprints, organizations' energy strategies, and development toward sustainable development. The student concludes with an in-depth degree project in the field, preferably in collaboration with companies. The courses in the program are given in English.
The courses in the program can, in agreement with the program manager, be exchanged for corresponding courses within the program's specialization. When exchanging courses, the program manager checks that the program's goals are still met.
Prerequisites for courses and the local rules for degrees at Linnaeus University must always be met.
Courses in the program
- Energy and Climate * (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Diffusion of Innovations for a Sustainable Built Environment* (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Environmental Analysis Methods * (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Scientific theory and method * (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Management of sustainable innovations in organizations, (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Circular Economy and Green Financing, (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Environmental Accounting, 7.5 credits, A1N)
Elective courses comprising 30 credits in the field of technology or business
administration, other courses can also be chosen in consultation with the program manager (taking into account any international exchange).
The following courses will be recommended:
- Energy policies * (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) * (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Energy management in the built environment * (7.5 credits, A1N)
- Independent work * (30 credits, A2E)
* courses in the main area
About the School
Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.
What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!