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In this programme, you will be provided with the theory, concepts and methods to analyse and better understand the role of innovation in economic, social and sustainable development from a historical perspective. The unique focus on spatial dynamics/economic geography and economic history enables you to gain insights into how the areas of development and innovation interplay, evolve and shape the economy in different regions and periods of time.

Innovation is fundamental in the process of economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. You will then be better equipped to understand and analyse the grand challenges such as; climate change, food security and poverty alleviation. Innovation is also about the diffusion and incremental changes that yield economic, social and environmental benefits for society.

In this programme, you will learn the dynamics of both the macro- and microeconomics of innovation. You will get insights into how innovations are shaped by history in a path-dependent way as well as by the spatial context. You will learn about the linkages between innovation and capability-building, and economic, social and sustainable development over time and space.

The programme draws on frontline research in the field of economic geography, economics of innovation and economic history. Some of the key topics covered are innovation for sustainable development, economics of innovation and energy transitions.

Double degree option with Aalborg University

If you are enrolled in this programme, you will have an opportunity to apply for  a double degree with Aalborg University. After completing the first year in Lund, you take your third semester (30 credits of course work) at Aalborg University and return back to Lund for the fourth and final semester of your programme. You apply in February, during your second semester.

The program is collaborating with Aalborg University, and their MSc in Innovation, Knowledge and Economic Dynamics.

Career opportunities

With a MSc in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development, you will qualify for any profession that requires capability of intellectual judgement, evaluation and analysis of economic facts and ideas, and good communication skills. This programme will give you plenty of career opportunities both at national and international institutions such as the EU, OECD, ILO, World Bank, UNESCO, WTO, NGOs, governments and central banks, think tanks, multinational companies and consulting firms.

Graduates are well equipped for analytical and planning work in private sector, government and international organisations, as well as for work in non-governmental organisations, consultancy and research.

The programme also provides excellent prep­aration for PhD studies.

More information can be found at http://lusem.lu.se/study/masters/programmes/innovation-and-global-sustainable-development

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) with at least 60 ECTS credits in business administration, economics, economic history, history, social and economic geography or statistics or the equivalent. English 6/English course B.

Selection criteria

Based on previous university/college studies and Statement of Purpose.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under “Entry requirements”). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master’s studies or Bachelor’s studies in Sweden.

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