Do you want to work with energy transition and help society to move towards a more sustainable energy future? This transition occurs both locally and globally, and requires interdisciplinary competence with a broad understanding of the social, technical, economic and environmental challenges. This programme is for you who sees leadership as exciting and wants to contribute towards a sustainable energy transition domestically or internationally.
The interdisciplinary character of the programme stimulates wider understanding and enables you to combine knowledge from different disciplines in order to handle the complex topics of energy, energy transition and sustainability holistically. You will also get training in critical analysis which involves evaluating problems and solutions from different sustainability perspectives. The programme is taught at Uppsala University’s Gotland Campus which offers a well-coordinated education environment and is positioning itself as a campus with focus on sustainability.
Why this programme?
The challenges of transitioning towards a sustainable energy future are complex and occur both locally and globally, and require individuals with a broad understanding and interdisciplinary knowledge in order to communicate and work with people across both cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Do you see yourself in such role? If yes, then this programme is for you.
The Bachelor Programme in Energy Transition – Sustainability and Leadership is designed to give broad knowledge and holistic understanding of the challenges and solutions for sustainable energy, from social, economic and ecological points of view. You will study energy systems from natural, social and technical science perspectives and explore technical possibilities while at the same time learning about relevant economic and political policies. Your studies will also address the roles that social change and participation have in a sustainable transition.
It is our goal to offer an interdisciplinary education that reaches across different academic disciplines in order to stimulate a wider understanding. It also grants the ability to work with energy transition and sustainability in a holistic way, together with experts like engineers, spatial planners, economists or environmental scientist.
The programme is given in English and is looking at energy transition from a national and international perspective. This orientation will broaden your intercultural proficiency and train you to work in an international environment and to communicate in the global market.
Besides providing theoretical knowledge in the different fields, practical work in various forms plays a major role in many of the programme’s courses which allows you to practice your skills in communication, teamwork and leadership. This combination of theoretical and practice skills better prepares for your future career in tackling today’s and tomorrow’s challenges of energy transition.
Student profile If you are interested in renewable energy and sustainability questions and want to contribute positively towards a sustainable energy transition, then this programme is right for you! You are additionally curious to explore the topic from different discipline perspectives – natural science, social science and engineering – in order to understand the extremely complex and interlinked challenges of transitioning towards a sustainable energy future. You see a leadership role as exciting and are ready to train your communication skills and deal with different types of expertise and personalities in group work as well as during collaboration with different stakeholders.
The international nature of the programme means that you will be studying together with students from different countries and with different backgrounds - natural, social and technical sciences. This diversity benefits the interdisciplinary character of the education. The class size is limited in order to facilitate active student participation.
Uppsala University – Campus Gotland Uppsala University – Campus Gotland offers a well-coordinated education environment and profiles itself as a campus focused on sustainability. Campus Gotland is also a small campus, which will allow you to develop personal relationships with your classmates and teachers, as well as with students in other programmes and the local community. Campus Gotland and the Department of Earth Science conduct research in a wide range of energy related topics and teach the well-established Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management at Campus Gotland.
Campus Gotland is located on the island of Gotland. You will study in the historic UNESCO world heritage town of Visby, which is also a popular holiday spot for both Swedes and foreigners. The town is at the same time a modern, diverse and safe place with a wide range of cultural and sporting activities.
You will be responsible for your own life and learning, including organising your living (self-catering and accommodation) and studies in an independent way. The university offers some guidance through university services, the university student health office and the student organisation called Rindi.
The programme leads to a Bachelor of Science, with Sustainable Energy Transition as the main field of study.
During the programme’s three years you will study courses from three subjects. Apart from courses in the major subject area of sustainable energy transition there will also be courses given in environmental science and industrial technology, with a focus on leadership. These additional areas can serve as possible minor subjects in your exam.
Year 1 The programme begins with courses designed to give you a broad understanding of the field of sustainable energy transition with focus on energy and energy systems and on the three dimensions of sustainability – social, economic and environmental. Knowledge and skills in project and leadership as well as scientific methods are introduced early so they can be used throughout the programme.
This is followed by courses where you will discuss in more detail environmental and climate change, one of the main driving forces behind the need for an energy transition, and companies’ responsibility for sustainable energy development. Commonly used concepts and tools, such as cooperate social responsibility, life cycle assessments and ethical leadership will also be introduced.
Year 2 During year 2 you will further develop your skills in understanding, analysing and managing the interdisciplinary challenges and solutions linked to a sustainable energy transition. In the main subject area, sustainable energy transition, you will deepen your knowledge studying energy conversion and usage from a sustainable systems perspective before exploring the technological possibilities further. Alongside this you will broaden your knowledge in the subject of environmental science by putting sustainability into a broader context through studying topics such as planning and environmental justice, environmental and ecological economics and leadership, participation and social change. The final course in this year will be devoted to a project which provides you the chance to enhance you skills as a future leader by combining what you have learned about energy systems and leadership in an interdisciplinary way.
Year 3 During your fifth semester, you can choose between elective courses at Uppsala University or exchange studies at one of our partner universities abroad which allows you to pursue a specialisation. There is also the possibility for you to conduct an internship based course, which involves arranging the internship with the employer in question yourself. Before completing your degree by writing a 15-credit Bachelor's thesis that contributes to research or practice in the field of energy transition, you will be deepen your knowledge in scientific methods and in interdisciplinary work by executing a project in collaboration with students from other programmes - putting you in direct contact with a real-life project.
Learning experience There is a strong programme goal that you as a student will develop the relevant knowledge and skills related to energy transition that will support a sustainable development of the society. To reach this goal the programme offers a combination of theoretical and practical studies. Both written and oral communication skills training, as well as working and learning in groups are central to the programme.
The teaching methods of the programme have been specially designed to build knowledge and develop skills which will prepare you for your future career. Your ability to work and think in a interdisciplinary way will be enhanced by the design of the programme, which includes a number of assignments which require a interdisciplinary approach.
Two of the corner stones of the programme – active student learning and interdisciplinary studies – are meant to give you the knowledge and practical skills that with be of most use in your future careers:
Active student learning benefits you by providing a wide range of varying teaching methods - including lectures, tutorials, interactive seminars, debates, project presentations, role plays, expert in teams, and guest lectures. These methods together create an active learning environment where you as students are in the center of the learning process, participating and engaging, with the instructor often serving as a discussion leader rather than a lecturer. Group work in various forms plays a major role in you learning as it will allow you to practice your skills in communication, teamwork and leadership – all of which are skills sought after by employers.
Interdisciplinary studies stimulate a wider understanding and system thinking which allows you to exercise your knowledge and ability to understand and handle complex challenges holistically. These studies also provide you with training in critical analysis which involves many perspectives on different problems and solutions. This interdisciplinary competence functions as the foundation for being able to understand and lead work involving different types expertise and stakeholders. This is in part accomplished by through joint studies with other programmes as well as with regular meetings and activities involving representatives from groups involved in the energy transition.
During your fifth semester, you can choose between elective courses at Uppsala University or exchange studies at one of our international partner universities which allow you to pursue a specialisation. You also have the possibility to do an internship based course during your fifth semester, which presupposes that you organise this with a relevant employer yourself, giving you a valuable work experience and contacts.
Examination Assessments in the programme take several forms, adapted to the course content and goals, and range from traditional written and oral exams to case studies and problem based learning. Your knowledge and skills will be evaluated both individually as well as in groups.
Language All courses in the programme are given in English and you will study together with students from across the world, broadening your intercultural proficiency and training you to work in an international environment and to communicate for a global market.
The programme is recommended to you who want to develop and lead this energy transition within the broad and fast-growing field of energy transition. Employment opportunities can be found in national or international companies (utility companies, electricity companies, large private businesses which have sustainability incorporated into their core activities, housing companies, transport companies, consultancies) as well as not for profit organisations and governmental authorities on different levels. The energy sector provides you, as a professional, with many opportunities to work in graduate positions such as:
Sustainable energy officer at authorities
Renewable energy consultant
Environmental communication officer
Renewable energy or sustainability programme coordinator
All the sectors of society, including both public and private, ranging from the local to the global level, require competence based on holistic understanding. This is necessary in order to take climate action to the next level and drive a sustainable energy transition which includes the human and social dimensions. Having received an interdisciplinary education you are able to handle these complex questions, and that makes you well suited to take the role of, what we would like to call, a “transition pioneer”. Your broad knowledge allows you to engage with experts from various fields and be able to communicate and manage people across boundaries, in both culture and background. The fact that the energy sector is highly complex and globally interlinked makes the international character of the programme even more valuable.
Continue your studies at the Master’s level As a graduate of the programme, you will be able to continue your studies at the Master's level in or outside of Sweden. Here at Uppsala University you can, for example, you could for example study one of the following programmes:
Master Programme in Entrepreneurship
Master Programme in Sustainable Destination Development
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management
Quotes about the labour market A new report from IRENA finds that the renewable energy sector employs 9.8 million people worldwide (International Renewable Energy Agency, 2017): “Renewables are directly supporting broader socio-economic objectives, with employment creation increasingly recognised as a central component of the global energy transition. As the scales continue to tip in favour of renewables, we expect that the number of people working in the renewables sector could reach 24 million by 2030, more than offsetting fossil-fuel job losses and becoming a major economic driver around the world,” comments IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.
University World News (om World Future Energy Summit 2013): ”We need broad-based education, but this is actually lagging behind the momentum for renewable energy in society.”
General entry requirements and Mathematics 3b/3c, Science Studies 2, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 or Mathematics C, Science Studies B, Civics A
Students are selected based on:
their completed upper secondary (high school) grades (67%)
Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (33%)
Students who have completed their upper secondary (high school) studies outside of Sweden are selected based on their upper secondary grades. Students who have completed their upper secondary studies and have taken the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (only available in Swedish) are selected based on their upper secondary grades and their Scholastic Aptitude Test results.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.