Master's programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

60 ECTS credits (start autumn-12)

Overview

Profile - General Content

The society within the biosphere is to its nature a much complex system. To achieve success in this system, i.e. a sustainable society, knowledge of how success is defined and how it can be achieved is required. On the basis of a fundamental vision of a sustainable society, one can through “backcasting” formulate a strategy to reach the desired aim.

This programme extends over two semesters and concentrates on two integrated themes. The first of these themes is an internationally recognized and scientifically reviewed model (framework) of systematic work towards an attractive and sustainable society (strategic sustainable development). This is a universal model which can be used to work with sustainable development within many different fields globally, nationally, in companies, in municipalities, in whole societies and on the individual level.

This model gives a systematic method for: analysis of the present, visualization of solutions, finding strategies to reach sustainable solutions, choosing and developing general and supplementary tools to develop indicators for a sustainable development.

The other theme in the education consists of concepts related to organizational learning and leadership. These concepts are developed through studies of how different groups of people (for example organizations and societies) can use the framework that is described above to identify strategies to reach sustainability.

The above aspects and concepts will not only be described theoretically but will also be practiced during the programme. In addition to this, the students will find new paths to knowledge by using the framework.

Qualification Awarded

The education leads up to a higher education qualification for second-cycle studies with the description
Master of Science. Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.

Equivalent description in Swedish is
Filosofie magisterexamen.
Huvudområde: Strategiskt ledarskap för hållbarhet.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

12

Admission

Prerequisites

For admission to the study programme, a Bachelor's degree of 180 credits is required, plus English B.

Read about general admission requirements for second cycle.

Admission Criteria

In the case of more qualified applicants than available positions for the current programme start, a selection is made. This is done in the following way:
METHOD 9 Master’s Programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

GENERAL
This method is intended to assess the applicant’s motivation and preconditions for studies at the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability”.

SELECTION CRITERIA
- Curriculum Vitae
- An essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the programme, providing information about her or his relevant personal or professional experiences (maximum 5 pages, font size 12, double-spaced)
- 2 letters of reference (recommendations from two people who are familiar with the applicant’s ability and skills)
- Higher education grades

SPECIFICATION OF SELECTION CRITERIA
Ranking of the applicants will be based on the relative qualification level as regards:
- Academic results at prior higher education studies
- Relevance of degree (and of courses included) for scientifically based studies at Master’s level in strategic sustainable development
- Relevant professional experience
- Demonstrated interest in ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” (e.g. through choice of work, voluntary work, other community services or in other way)

HIGHEST TARIFF
A maximum of 8 points will be given, based on the following criteria:

1. Academic results at prior higher education studies:
- 2 points: very good results (i.e. a significant number of courses with grades well above average - e.g. ’first class’ or ’pass with distinction’)
- 1 point: good results (i.e. a significant number of courses with grades above average - e.g. ’second class upper division’ or ’pass with credit’)
- 0 points: weak or sufficient results (i.e. a significant number of courses with average grades or under - e.g. ’second class lower division’ or ’pass’)

2. Relevance of degree:
- 2 points: degree in science and/or engineering with a significant number of courses in environ-ment, sustainability, geoscience and/or socio-cultural studies or degree in economics with a significant number of courses in natural sciences, sustainability, engineering and/or socio-cultural studies
- 1 point: degree in social sciences or professional qualification with a significant number of courses in natural sciences or sustainability
- 0 points: degree in social sciences or professional qualification with few or no courses in natural sciences or sustainability
3. Relevant professional experience:
- 2 points: the equivalent of a total of 3 or more years’ work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
- 1 point: the equivalent of a total of 1-3 years’ work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
- 0 points: the equivalent of a total of less than 1 year’s work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee

4. Demonstrated interest in the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability”
- 2 points: Manifests a clear interest in the programme and clearly describes how the relevant professional experiences or the personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability
- 1 point: Manifests an interest in the programme and describes how the relevant professional experience or personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability
- 0 points: Manifests no interest in the programme and does not describe how the relevant professional experience or the personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability

WORKING METHOD

Applications that are accepted for examination based on the general admission requirements for the programme will be ranked according to the above by the programme admissions committee, consisting of teachers of the programme.

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

Read more about studying abroad.

Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

12

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content

The society within the biosphere is to its nature a much complex system. To achieve success in this system, i.e. a sustainable society, knowledge of how success is defined and how it can be achieved is required. On the basis of a fundamental vision of a sustainable society, one can through “backcasting” formulate a strategy to reach the desired aim.

This programme extends over two semesters and concentrates on two integrated themes. The first of these themes is an internationally recognized and scientifically reviewed model (framework) of systematic work towards an attractive and sustainable society (strategic sustainable development). This is a universal model which can be used to work with sustainable development within many different fields globally, nationally, in companies, in municipalities, in whole societies and on the individual level.

This model gives a systematic method for: analysis of the present, visualization of solutions, finding strategies to reach sustainable solutions, choosing and developing general and supplementary tools to develop indicators for a sustainable development.

The other theme in the education consists of concepts related to organizational learning and leadership. These concepts are developed through studies of how different groups of people (for example organizations and societies) can use the framework that is described above to identify strategies to reach sustainability.

The above aspects and concepts will not only be described theoretically but will also be practiced during the programme. In addition to this, the students will find new paths to knowledge by using the framework.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the study programme is achieved through the courses that are included in the higher education qualification. Assessment and examination take place at course level, and details concerning examination and grading are found in respective course syllabus.

In addition to the nationally regulated aims the following aims apply to the education. After completion of the education, the student should:

- have knowledge about and be able to apply the framework for sustainable development that is taught in the courses of the programme.
- have developed leadership skills and ability to inform and explain through an increased consciousness of organizational and personal learning.
- have developed his/her presentation, facilitation and coaching skills.
- be able to apply the two themes of the programme in different situations to analyze problems, create solutions and choose or develop supplementary tools and concepts.

By helping the students to reach these aims, the programme will contribute to create a worldwide network of professional actors within strategic sustainable development.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

12

Structure

Mode of delivery

Planning of the education
The implementation of the education follows the “non-linear approach”. This means that the five system levels that the programme is built up around and which build on principles for organizational learning will be presented during the first day of the programme. A gradual deepening of these will then take place during the following 4½ months. This leads to a learning method as the programme progresses. The concluding 4½ months of the programme will be primarily devoted to a degree project where the students in small groups obtain the possibility to apply their knowledge of the framework in a real company, in an organization or another project.

This non-linear method also gives a certain possibility to adaptation of how the courses are carried out through a continuous dialogue with the students. As the programme progresses, the students will obtain the possibility to specialize in all the levels of the framework while a connection of how the five levels are connected with each other will be discussed. Extensive group assignments and learning in groups will be encouraged.

Learning takes place primarily through application of concepts instead of through traditional lectures. Through this working method, the students are urged to mutually exchange knowledge and experiences with one another which also is a part of the assessment of the students' achievements. Simply expressed, powerful traits of character such as optimism and creativity will be openly encouraged as being a fundamental aspect in the development of leadership.

The programme will use the following methods for learning:
- Introductory lectures - which comprise lectures, break-out groups and informal insights and discussions about concepts and their usages.
- Both self-organized and structured group assignments and role play.
- Individual studies
- eLearning and reviews of relevant material.
- Supervision and workshops.
- The students teach one another and evaluate one another.

The students will take both compulsory and elective courses which are listed below. The programme is divided into four study periods of the same length. The two first study periods contain courses, of which the second period also contains elective courses, and the two last study periods a degree project.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses autumn semester 2012

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, 15 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of this course is to learn about core concepts of “strategic sustainable development” (SSD), including a thorough understanding of a structured planning and decision making model for application to real world issues.

Read all information about the course 'Introduction to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Strategic Management towards Sustainability, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of the Strategic Management for
Sustainability course is to provide technical and non-technical already advanced students with an overview of strategic management concepts and for students to apply a generic management system to an organization transitioning strategically towards sustainability. It is a response to the need to develop practical management tools and methodologies to realize a strategic organizational vision. This builds on the related overview content covered in Introduction to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.

Read all information about the course 'Strategic Management towards Sustainability' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Elective courses

Advanced Societal Leadership, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
This project-based course focuses on enabling both technical and non-technical students to (1) develop an understanding of the nature of transformational change in complex systems (with an emphasis on social systems), and (2) participate effectively in transformational change towards sustainability.

Read all information about the course 'Advanced Societal Leadership' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Engineering for a Sustainable Society, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of this course is to enlighten possibilities and limitations of engineering for supporting the transformation of society towards sustainability.

Read all information about the course 'Engineering for a Sustainable Society' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Thesis, Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, 30 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability programme is about holistic thinking.

For each thesis, the objective is for each groups to apply these concepts to examine a chosen topic – thereby employing a whole-systems, structured approach (i.e. within the context set by backcasting from basic principles for a sustainable society). Thesis groups use relevant strategic processes such as outlined in the ABCD Strategic Process and allow this structure to inform the applied tools and concepts, such as Strategic Life Cycle Assessment, Exergy Analysis, System Dynamics, etc.

Read all information about the course 'Thesis, Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Written Work

The programme is completed with a written degree project equivalent to 30 HE credits.

International element

Students in this programme are welcome to incorporate international case studies as part of their project work, both for smaller assignments as well as for the thesis project. Some international work and/or travel can be arranged in these cases.

Read about study abroad

Job Profiles

Students graduating from this programme can work in areas such as consultants or sustainability professionals (internal and external) within businesses, non-profit organizations and communities. This could be, for example, working as a project or programme leader, management, or strategic planner. Many graduated students have also started their own businesses after completing the programme.

The programme is especially interesting for students who want to work abroad, or who are interested to excel in international or multi-cultural work settings, as it will train many skills needed for collaboration in intercultural and interdisciplinary teams.
For more information, you can view the pages found here: http:www.bth.se/ste/tmslm.nsf/pages/alumni2005

Further Studies

Graduates from the programme can generally apply to study further on the research level (PhD positions) in a variety of subject areas, including, but not limited to: Business and Sustainability; Sustainability and Policy Development; Technical Solutions for Sustainability Challenges; Sustainable Product Innovation; Innovation Processes for Sustainability; Gender Issues, Policy and Sustainable Development; Education for Sustainability.

Programme Advisory Board

The program has a Programme Council that has the assignment of ensuring the usability of the education on and for the labour market.
The Programme Council consists of students, alumni, external representatives and teachers and representatives of the main field of study. The Programme Council meets 2 times a year. Contact for the Programme Council is: Stefan Sjödahl.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

12

Examination

Qualification Awarded

The education leads up to a higher education qualification for second-cycle studies with the description
Master of Science. Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.

Equivalent description in Swedish is
Filosofie magisterexamen.
Huvudområde: Strategiskt ledarskap för hållbarhet.

Assessment and grading

Assessment and grading vary between the courses in the programme. Information can be found for each course.

Programme Evaluations

Alumni

Alumni Example 1:
Georges Dyer (USA). Senior Fellow, Second Nature; Partner, Aedi Group.
''The MSLS program 'tied it all together' for me after years of trying to build the requisite experience to become a sustainability expert. The content, the network, the modes of thinking, feeling, and interacting, and most importantly the people gave me the confidence and support I needed to help bring about the dramatic progress towards sustainability that humanity so urgently needs.''

Alumni Example 2:
Andrew Outhwaite (Australia). Sustainability Officer, Geraldton, Western Australia; Founder, Arising.
''The MSLS program appealed to me because I knew I needed to become smarter, more strategic and creative to better serve the human and ecological communities in Western Australia. This need was absolutely fulfilled by MSLS, and I have learned more, been more transformed, and received more support than I could have imagined.''

Alumni Example 3:
Julia Ribeiro Pereira (Brazil). Director at Instituto Ecoar.
''It was a life-changing experience in all senses, professionally, emotionally and spiritually. To me the biggest pearl of it is the network of fantastic people (alumni and staff) that contributed, and continue to do so, to providing me limitless amount of inspiration to work with sustainability differently: being in really fun and very effective.''

The student-run Alumni Network can be found here: http:
www.bth.se/ste/tmslm.nsf/pages/alumni2005 Please note that there are additional alumni email lists, which are not viewable by the public.
Access to the MSLS Programme-initiated Newsletter called the “Trunk & Branches” can be found here:
http://www.bth.se/ste/tmslm.nsf/pages/trunk

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2013-June-03

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

12

 

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