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Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science

Programme overview

Do you want to work with complex sustainability challenges (e.g., climate change, food security, biodiversity loss) from local to global levels. Then the LUMES programme is what you are looking for. Building on the knowledge and experience students already possess, emphasis is placed on understanding present societal development patterns and the environmental problems they create, as well as approaches for formulating strategies for future sustainable pathways. LUMES does not concentrate on training practitioners; the foundation of the programme is rather an interdisciplinary and holistic perspective for comprehending the interactions between social, economic, and environmental systems across a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

Unique programme qualities

The LUMES programme is set in a unique interdisciplinary and international educational milieu, creating a setting that challenges students to broaden personal outlooks and sharpen critical thinking skills. Courses are taught in English by individuals from both the human and natural sciences with the aims of creating graduates that are able to grasp, analyse and formulate governance strategies for complex sustainability challenges. In addition, interpersonal and academic skills are developed through strong emphasis on group work, presentations and academic writing.

Since the programme started in 1997, LUMES has had over 600 students from roughly 100 countries, with a graduation rate exceeding 90 per cent.

Career prospects

Industries, governments, academics, and communities are recognising the significance of addressing complex social, environmental, and economic problems holistically. As such, the interdisciplinary training, gained through the programme, opens employment opportunities for a wide array of career paths in various private sector, governmental and non-governmental, and academic settings.

Note: It isn't sufficient to only apply via You must also complement your application with the additional application documents found on the Lumes homepage.

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January 2016
Last application date
Study period:24/08/2016 - 04/06/2018
Pace of study:100%
Form of study:Daytime
Level:Master's level
Application deadline:15/01/2016
Closed for applications