Leadership for Sustainability, Master's Programme (One-Year)

Summary

This multidisciplinary master’s programme provides in-depth knowledge on sustainable development and sustainability leadership. The programme provides students with an understanding of organisation and leadership theory in the context of sustainability. It also provides students with an understanding of research methods for sustainable decision-making. The education lays a solid foundation for those seeking to lead or manage sustainable initiatives in the workplace, community and the world.

Admission requirements

Bachelor´s degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of Swedish secondary school English B / English 6.

Selection:

Applicants are selected in order according to precedence from submitted three-part supporting document.

Note
There are specific instructions regarding eligibility or selection on the next tab on this page, called Selection. Please, make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly!

About

What is Leadership for Sustainability about?

The master’s degree programme is grounded in four core premises:

  • that sustainability requires new forms of organising, especially when it comes to project-based organisation involving diverse stakeholders;
  • that organising and leading sustainability requires new and diverse leading and organising skills, understanding and knowledge for managers and leaders of sustainable projects;
  • that organising and leading sustainability requires a new way of thinking of sustainability within and between organisations. Current research on social entrepreneurship and social innovation can reveal new methods and strategies with regards to this; and
  • that methodological and methodical knowledge and understanding are needed to enable leaders to make sustainable decisions.

Based on these four premises, the programme bridges the fields of organisation theory, leadership, project management, social innovation and social entrepreneurship, so that new ways of organising and leading sustainability can be created. This will enable students to rethink common perceptions of leadership and organisational development.

What makes Leadership for Sustainability unique?   

In this programme, students are taught to reflect upon organisational and leadership challenges linked to organisational development and sustainability. This programme provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of current research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.

This master's programme is also focused on action and doing via diverse projects and thesis work. This is a way to develop students’ professional, conceptual and interpersonal skills so that as future sustainable leaders and social entrepreneurs, they will drive sustainable changes and have the capacity to make informed decisions about organisational and leadership issues in the management of sustainable organisations and projects.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, and workshop enable interaction in small and large classroom settings. Group work is used to generate discussions about sustainability, especially while doing case studies. Study visits and guest lectures connect learning with practice. Individual papers, individual studies and thesis work focus on in-depth knowledge and mastery of specific subjects. 

What kind of career will I be prepared for? 

This programme lays a solid foundation for those seeking to work as key players in project management and organisational development environments, and where the broader issues of societal development are important. The skills acquired during the programme will be relevant for managers in local, national and international governmental bodies, the private and non-profit sector and for consultancy work.

The entrepreneurial content of the course is designed to stimulate and encourage students to initiate projects, businesses or organisations with the purpose of working towards sustainable development.

 

Interviews

Selection

Once you have completed your application with your academic credentials and English proficiency, you also need to submit a supporting document. The deadline for the Supporting Document is February 1, 2018 for students applying in the First Application Round (International Application Round) and April 16, 2018 for students applying in the Second Application Round.

Please note that supporting documents submitted after this date will not be accepted.

To complete your application, follow the following steps:

  • create an account and apply to the programme via universityadmissions.se.
  • upload your documentation as a pdf on universityadmissions.se or send the document by post. You will need to demonstrate both a bachelor's degree and English proficiency to be considered eligible for the programme. Applicants in their final year, who will receive their diploma before the programme starts, can also apply but must follow specific instructions.
  • the supporting document must be uploaded to www.universityadmissions.se by February 1. For students applying in the Second Application Round, the supporting document must be uploaded to www.antagning.se by April 16, 2018. Please observe that this date may differ from the deadline for submitting the rest of your documents.

Please fill out the form below. Applicants cannot use documents from other universities. 

Download the document to fill out here

For more information, please visit universityadmissions.se.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2018

Programme Code:
SALSU revision 9.3
Swedish name:
Ledarskap för hållbarhet: Magisterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
18 November 2009
Date of ratification:
13 April 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
09 March 2018

Entry requirements

Bachelor´s degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of Swedish secondary school English B / English 6.

Organisation

The master's programme Leadership for Sustainability is intended for students and professionals from a wide range of different backgrounds but with a common interest in developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in leading projects and organisational development to achieve sustainability.
This is a multidisciplinary master's programme dealing with the issues of organising and leading organisational development to achieve sustainability. Our standpoint is that sustainability requires new forms of organising involving diverse stakeholders. Organising and leading sustainability thus require new and diverse leading and organising skills, as well as understanding and knowledge for project managers and leaders. It also requires a new way of thinking about sustainability within and between organisations. This new approach is to be found in contemporary and on-going research in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. This master's programme provides knowledge, understanding and the research methods needed to enable sustainable decision-making in organisations.
The programme is organised around six courses divided into two semesters. At the start of the first semester, the courses Organising and Leading Sustainable Organisations and Leadership and Organisation for Sustainability - Research Methods provide students with knowledge and understanding of organisation theories, leadership theories and research methods, with a focus on sustainability. The first semester ends with the course Project Management and Sustainability which enables students to explore project management in theory and practice while they plan their sustainable project.
During the first part of the second semester students delve into sustainability and sustainable development through the courses ”ustainable development: Individual, Organisational and Network Perspective and Social entrepreneurship, Social innovation and Sustainability which are taught in parallel. The end of the second semester is then dedicated to the thesis course Master Thesis with a focus on Leadership and Organisation for Sustainability. During this course students have the opportunity, in pairs, to focus on issues within organisation and leadership for sustainability in which they have a special interest.

Content

Course list:

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After a successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate insight into current research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development;
  • acquire a critical understanding of the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the challenges involved in organising and leading sustainable development as well as organisational development and project management;
  • acquire and develop a set of perspectives and tools for approaching the challenges of organisational development, particularly different approaches to project management, and demonstrate an understanding of how these tools relate to creating and sustaining a coalition of stakeholders;
  • demonstrate knowledge of a number of different models and techniques for broad stakeholder involvement;
  • discuss basic values underpinning social entrepreneurship and sustainability; and
  • acquire a critical understanding of philosophical, methodological and ethical approaches in research focused on leadership and organisation.
Skills and competences
After a successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:
  • find, evaluate and synthesise current research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development;
  • identify and assess ethical issues in balancing the interests of different stakeholders with an view toward creating sustainable development;
  • critically reflect on the roles of leaders and social entrepreneurs as change agents as well as on the roles of followers in the context of sustainable development and thus reflect on their future role in sustainable development;
  • develop organisation and leadership processes following scientific methodological and methodical standards in leadership and organisation studies; and
  • make informed decisions on choices of organisational and leadership models and strategies in the management of sustainable projects.
Judgement and approach
After a successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:
  • demonstrate the capacity to critically use their understanding of the current research in the fields of organisation and leadership, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development to identify a problem, analyse it and solve it via the generation of new alternatives/knowledge;
  • develop a multi-frame set of mind to address sustainable development in the context of organisation and leadership;
  • assess challenges in a sustainable project or in organisational development and be able to reflect on the leadership role in areas suited to their competencies;
  • argue for an approach to organisational development based on a developed understanding of its implications for sustainable development; and
  • critically and reflectively engage with contemporary research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.

Degree

Master's degree (60 credits).

Degree of Master of Arts (60 credits) with a Major in Leadership and Organisation.

Other Information

Each individual syllabus contains the entry requirements for advancing in the programme.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Urban Studies.

Further information

Ola Püschel, Study and Career Adviser
Phone: 040-6658199
Åse Falk, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6658039
Hope Witmer, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657142

Application

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 80000 SEK

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 80000 SEK