Master’s studies

Syllabus for Degree Project E in Sustainable Development

Examensarbete E i hållbar utveckling

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 1GV038
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A2E
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2009-11-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-04-26
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 31, 2017
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree and, in addition, at least 30 credits in sustainable development at Master's level, including courses at Master's level that are necessary for the project.

    From the spring term of 2019, apply: A Bachelor's degree and, in addition, at least 30 credits in sustainable development at Master's level, including Interdisciplinary Practice or Energy, Water and Food.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to

  • show a deep knowledge within the chosen field of Sustainable development
  • search and in a critical way interpret and compile relevant scientific literature
  • in a creative way delimit a scientific problem, plan a scientific study, choose appropriate methods, carry out the study, interpret and evaluate the results and, if applicable, generate falsifiable a hypotheses to explain the observations all within given time frames
  • present the results in correct language for different target groups both in scientific and in popular form
  • give constructive criticism on texts within the study field


An independent project is carried out, where the knowledge from earlier completed courses are applied. The project is guided by a supervisor in close connection to ongoing projects in research or development.

To achieve the objectives, the student shall

  • under supervision delimit a scientific problem, investigate it, interpret and evaluate the results and present the project in oral and written form
  • search, evaluate and compile information relevant for the chosen problem
  • actively participate in seminars and other activities at the department where the project is carried out
  • comment and give constructive criticism on another student's project (opposition)


The teaching is devised individually dependent on the direction of the project. Supervision is provided individually or in group.


Oral and written presentation of the degree project is required. The written presentation should consist of a scientific report, a popular summary in Swedish or English as well as a scientific summary in English. The student must also act as opponent on another degree project within same main area or have participated actively at a research seminar.

Other directives

Before the course result is registered the report must be printed and registered in the database Diva.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.