Master's Programme in Sustainable Management

60 credits

The Master's Programme in Sustainable Management prepares you to work with sustainability in your future career. Through in-depth studies where organisational issues are put in a greater context, you will study the possibility for organisations to contribute and transition to a more sustainable world. With a strong focus on core academic practices, such as reading and writing, the programme also provides a good foundation for continuing doctoral studies.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Visby, 100%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Visby, 100%, On-campus, English

The Master's Programme in Sustainable Management is designed for you who are dedicated to questions around sustainability in society, business and other organisations. With a clear focus on the critical and creative mindset, you will, together with fellow students and the faculty members, explore different aspects of sustainability in responsible managing organisations.

During the programme, you can expect to

  • be a part of a diverse group of students, offering you the benefit of different perspectives in the classroom.
  • develop close relationships with faculty members who share your passion for interrogating critical sustainability issues.
  • meet previous students and take part in the active alumni association "United for Sustainability".
  • enjoy the inspiring and unique environment of Campus Gotland in the historic city of Visby, Sweden.

The programme is hosted by the Department of Business Studies, home to researchers who lead their fields in several research areas. You will also benefit from Sweden's outstanding reputation for innovation and social responsibility - values that inform all of our Master's programmes.

Student profile

Students in the programme have different disciplinary backgrounds and come from all different parts of the world. They are engaged in sustainability and thrive in an environment where these questions are discussed and debated.


The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics (60 credits) with Business Studies as the main field of study.

First semester

In the first semester, you will take four courses designed to give you a broad understanding of sustainability-related issues. Topics include:

  • ethics about nature, business and sustainability
  • relational thinking and behaviour in a more-than-human world
  • the role of the institutional setting in sustainable management
  • human geography and natural resources.

Second semester

In the second semester, you start with two courses that prepare you for your Master's thesis. They are a course in scientific research methods and responsible reading and writing. Your interest in sustainability highly drives both these courses. The final period of the programme will be entirely devoted to your Master's thesis and related seminars.

The programme ends with the Sustainability Symposium, where you present your Master's thesis to a public audience, and an alumni event where current students meet with graduated students to build a network and learn across student groups.

Courses within the programme

See the programme outline for courses within the programme.

The Master's Programme in Sustainable Management offers a collaborative learning environment, with the instructor often as a leader of the discussion rather than a lecturer. You will benefit from various teaching methods, including seminars, lectures, debates, panels and discussion forums. The format and contents of your courses are defined by each instructor's research, interests and personality, as well as those of you and your fellow students.

You will study at Uppsala University's Campus Gotland, located in Visby on the island of Gotland. The island is in the Baltic Sea between the mainland of Sweden and the Baltic States. Campus Gotland's educational environment is characterised by close professional relationships between professors and students.

Campus Gotland has a strong focus on sustainability. The campus offers unique possibilities for cooperation, networking and learning across a wide range of international Master's programmes focused on issues related to sustainability, research centres and dedicated researchers. Campus Gotland is small, and since students and teachers work together to create knowledge and inspire one another, you must engage in your studies and participate in on-campus activities.

All courses in the programme are taught in English.

Faculty and research

Faculty members in the programme in Sustainable Management are dedicated to helping you develop by supporting your strengths and by providing you with an advanced level of research-based education. Uppsala University has a long tradition of high-quality research in management and sustainability. Our Department of Business Studies is part of a national network that attracts researchers from academic institutions across Sweden to pursue their doctoral degrees.

With a Master's degree in Sustainable Management, you will be well prepared for a successful career in both the private and public sectors, in local and international contexts. You may choose to help ensure a company's accountability by leading strategy development or work as an analyst of the business's social and environmental effects.

The Alumni Network, consisting of previous students from the programme, is a supportive group that facilitates connections around the globe. Previous students work with sustainability issues in private organisations (such as Adidas, IKEA and Oatly), non-profit organisations (such as Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and Atmosfair), consultancy companies (such as PwC and SAP), and support agencies (such as Chamber of Commerce), to name a few. Several former students have also gone on to conduct doctoral studies.

The programme promotes critical thinking and helps you develop into a responsible future leader. Whether you choose a role within an organisation, start your own business, or continue your academic career.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career.