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4th Semester

MESM02 Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science: Master's Thesis

Syllabus Swe Eng (revised on 2018-10-04, applies from 2019-01-21, Spring semester 2019). If you have been registered to the thesis (MESM02) course prior to Spring 2019 you have the right to be assessed according to the previous version of the syllabus until January 2020, please contact us for the correct version of the syllabus.

Literature list (established 2019-11-21, applies from Spring 2020 semester)

Previous: Literature list (established 2017-11-20)

During the fourth term of the LUMES programme the student is required to write and successfully defend a Master's thesis of 30 university credits. The thesis should be a synthesis of the knowledge and competences that the student has acquired during the three terms of course work and undergraduate studies. The work should develop the students' potential for professional work that places great demands on independence, or for research and development work by both developing the student's ability to independently integrate and use knowledge, and the student's ability to handle complex phenomena, issues and situations.

The thesis work should focus on a local, regional or global sustainability-related phenomenon or problem, and analyse it in relation to the different dimensions of long-term sustainable development. The work puts great demands on independence; during this period, each student has access to a qualified individual supervisor. The thesis will be defended in public at a final seminar with an opponent.

2020 theses defenses will take place online (Zoom) on Monday and Tuesday, May 25-26

Schedule available here (updated May 20, 2020).

The seminars are open to the public. To attend you need to register. Register here no later than Friday, May 22, and links + passwords to the seminars will be sent to your email on Sunday, May 24.


Here you can find LUMES theses.


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Course Convenor


Anne Jerneck
Associate Professor
anne [dot] jerneck [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se


Maja Essebo
Postdoctoral fellow
maja [dot] essebo [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se


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