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

Programme - second cycle - 60 credits

Overview

Admission requirements

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

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!

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The programme helped me to conceive the concept of sustainability both theoretically and practically. The fact that Malmö is internationally recognized for its remarkable sustainability endeavours made it especially interesting to study there.” - Anton Shkarbatyuk, former student. 

Description

This multidisciplinary Master’s degree programme provides in-depth knowledge on sustainable development and sustainability leadership. The programme provide students with an understanding of organisation and leadership theory in the context of sustainability. It also provide students with an understanding of research methods for sustainable decision-making. The education lays a solid foundation for those seeking to work with management of sustainable projects and organisational development.

Selection

Once you have completed your application with your academic credentials and English proficiency, you also need to submit a supporting document by the last application date: 15 January for international students.

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

To complete your application, follow the steps below

  1. Create an account and apply to the programme via Universityadmissions.se.
  2. Upload your documentation as a pdf on Universityadmissions.se or send via post. You will need to show both a bachelor 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.
  3. The Supporting document must be uploaded to Universityadmissions.se by the last application date. Please observe that this date may differ from the rest of your documents.

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

Download the document to fill in here

For more information: please visit Universityadmissions.se

Content

What is Leadership for Sustainability about?

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

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

Based on these four premises, the programme bridges together the fields of organisation theory, leadership, project management, social innovation and social entrepreneurship so that together new ways of organising and leading sustainability can be created. This will enable students to rethink commonly held 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 even via the thesis work. This is a way to develop students’ professional, conceptual and human skills so that as for example 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.

Finally, embedded in this program is the idea that sustainability can be reached if individuals rethink commonly held perceptions of leadership and organisational development.

Teaching methods

TeachingLectures, seminars, and workshop enable interaction in small and large class. 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 the thesis work enable to focus and gain specific and in-depth knowledge to master the subject at hand.  

What 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 will be relevant for managers in local, national and international governmental bodies, the private and non-profit sector and in 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

“My studies led me all the way up to my current job.”

Anton Shkarbatyuk from Russia now works as Corporate Intelligence Analyst at KPMG Moscow.

Anton_Alumni_RussiaWhy did you decide to study at Malmö University?
– Swedish universities are known for high-quality education in a cosmopolitan environment. When I learned that Malmö University is one of the youngest in Sweden, I figured that it should have an even fresher perspective on post-graduate education. I made a brief online research of the university premises, which appeared properly facilitated. Particularly, the description of the libraries left no doubt that I’d enjoy studying there.

What do you think about your programme?
– Before I came to Sweden, I was not familiar with the concept of sustainability. The programme helped me to conceive it both theoretically and practically. The fact that Malmö is internationally recognized for its remarkable sustainability endeavours made it especially interesting to study there. You wouldn’t want to learn to ski in the Sahara, so studying sustainability in a sustainable city made sense to me. I also fancied the fact that it was an interdisciplinary programme, including many people with different professional, academic and national backgrounds.

How did your studies contribute to your current job?
– At work, I am engaged in the assessment of reputational risks. We help our clients to make sure they only engage with economically, legally and socially responsible companies. To a large extent, it was my studies that eventually led me all the way up to my current job. I wanted to work toward reinforcing my future company’s integrity because back in Sweden I had been firmly convinced that I wanted to do something more than merely producing financial wealth. For that, I am genuinely thankful to the programme as well as the students I studied alongside.

What do you miss the most of living in Malmö?
– Basically everything. During my time in Malmö, I was never even close to getting tired of this place. It’s a fantastic city, so unbelievably green, friendly and full of open-minded people. Malmö University and the city itself provide a lot of opportunities you can benefit from. If you have a business idea, for instance, Drivhuset will help you to turn it into reality. Also, there is an array of different student clubs where you can meet your fellow-thinkers. It might sound crazy, but sometimes I use Google Street View to have virtual walks from the Orkanen library to Celsiusgården. So you can imagine how much I miss the city.

I got the best of both worlds

Althea Spence from Jamaica is former student at the Master's Programme.

What had you studied before your master's at Malmö University?
Althea Spence– At the University of Technology in Jamaica I pursued a master's degree in Workforce Education and Development.

Why did you choose Malmö University and Leadership for Sustainability?
– I received an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and I wanted a master’s degree that would equip me with competence in project management as I was working on projects and in project management but had no certification - Malmö was the only university that offered this course in English. Further, the idea of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation were quite new to Jamaica, but very significant to my area of interest and Jamaica’s social and economic development. So I got the best of both worlds choosing Leadership for Sustainability as I was building my career, not just 'doing a Masters'.

– I believe it is a good programme as it was comprehensive. Excellent lecturers to build foundation on evolving leadership and leadership styles; hands on experience in writing project proposal and evaluation; face time, seminars, and field trips with social entrepreneurs - all this while building analytic and academic writing competence.

Do you have any advice for prospective students wanting to come to Malmö?
– Malmö is such a fun city with so many exciting things to do! Be careful to balance the academic side with the social side.

What are your plans for the future?
– I will continue my work in social and economic development specifically working on projects that will make a difference in the lives of people - especially Jamaicans. But this time around I don’t only have the experience but the academic capabilities to support or lead sustainable projects and development.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Other semesters:

Programme Code:
SALSU revision 8
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
18 November 2009
Date of ratification:
14 January 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017

Entry requirements

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

Organisation

The master programme "Leadership for Sustainability" is intended for students and professionals within a wide area of different backgrounds but with a common interest to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in leading projects and organisational development to reach sustainability.
The master programme “Leadership for Sustainability” is a multidisciplinary master dealing with the issues of organising and leading organisational development to reach sustainability. The standpoint of this master is that sustainability requires new forms of organising especially project-based organisations involving diverse stakeholders. Organising and leading sustainability thus require new and diverse leading and organising skills, understanding and knowledge for project managers and leaders. It also requires a new way of thinking sustainability within and between organisations. This new way is to be found in contemporary and on-going research in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. The master programme provides methodological and methodical knowledge, understanding and skills of research 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” (OL641E - 7,5 credits) and ”Leadership and Organisation for Sustainability - Research Methods” (OL642E - 7,5 credits) provide students with a common knowledge and understanding on organisation theories, leadership theories and research methods, with a focus on sustainability. The first semester ends with the course ”Project Management and Sustainability” (OL643E - 15 credits) that enables students to touch upon project management in theory and practice while students plan their sustainable project.
During the first part of the second semester students go in-depth into sustainability and sustainable development via the respective courses ”Sustainable development: Individual, Organisational and Network Perspective” (OL644E - 7,5 credits) and “Social entrepreneurship, social innovation and sustainability” (OL645E - 7,5 credits) 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” (OL646E - 15 credits). Here students, in pair, have the opportunity to focus on issues in organisation and leadership for sustainability in which they have a special interest.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2

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: 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 and 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.
  • 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 synthesize 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 end 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 organisations and leadership processes following scientific methodological and methodical standards in leadership and organisation studies.
  • 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 capacity to critically use his/her 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 organisational development and be able to reflect on the leadership role in areas suited to his/her competences.
  • argue for an approach to organisational development based on a developed understanding of its implications for sustainable development.
  • critically and reflexively relate to 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

Further information

Ola Püschel, Career Service
Phone: 040-66 58199
E-mail: ola.puschel@mah.se

Åse Falk, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-66 58039
E-mail: ase.falk@mah.se

Hope Witmer, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-66 57142
E-mail: hope.witmer@mah.se


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