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Programme Outline

Note that the LUMES programme is currently being reformed. This process will primarily affect the first and second semesters, both the current and old structure of which you can see below.

The LUMES programme has a total duration of 2 years, divided into 4 semesters.

The first term provides a foundation for understanding global to local sustainability challenges, providing both the basic knowledge required for understanding how natural systems functions and interact, and the social theories that help us understand our present societal development paths. In addition, the field of sustainability science is introduced and scrutinised.

The second term is comprised of perspectives in governance and development, using cases in global and local place-based contexts to both apply the programme foundations and provide a basis for the remainder of the programme.

The third term studies involve a choice of elective modules dealing with different sustainability themes. This semester permits the student to take courses that best suit his or her interests and future career or research paths.

The fourth term comprises a Master's thesis of 30 credits. The thesis is a synthesis of the knowledge and competencies that the students has acquired during the three previous terms of course work and undergraduate studies. 

To learn more about the content of each semester, click on the semesters in the left side panel or above.

Revised syllabus valid from autumn 2022:

Current syllabus valid for students that started in August 2019 until August 2021:

LUMES programme syllabus in English PDF (1458 kB)

LUMES programme syllabus in Swedish PDF (1356 kB)

Syllabus valid for students that started in August 2013 until August 2018:

LUMES programme syllabus in English PDF (159 kB)

LUMES programme syllabus in Swedish PDF (174 kB)

Read more about when courses start and end here. Click on "Course periods" and you can access the programme agenda for each batch.