Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
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 700 students from roughly 100 countries, with a graduation rate exceeding 90 per cent.
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 universityadmissions.se. You must also complement your application with the additional application documents found on the LUMES webpage (www.lumes.lu.se).
More information can be found at http://www.lumes.lu.se/
Student coordinator: Amanda Elgh, +46-46-2220470, amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se
What our graduates say about the Master's
We asked our graduates what the best thing about being a student at the Master's in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science is. Watch this video to learn what they answered.
Watch video: Environment and sustainability careers fair.
An undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) with a major (90 ECTS credits) in topics relevant for the programme. English 6/English Course B.
The final selection is based on academic grades and relevant work experience in addition to the statement of purpose written by the applicants and recommendations given.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under "Entry requirements"). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency - check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Start Autumn semester 2018
daytime Lund, full time 100%
August 29, 2018 - June 7, 2020
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
- Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
- Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline
*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.
*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se.
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit the following documents when you apply for this programme:
- A statement of purpose
- A CV
- Letters of recommendation
Watch on YouTube: How to apply for a Master's programme
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000
First payment: SEK 55 000
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada and UK student finance