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Welcome to the University of Gävle and Master in Sustainability Science - Enviroment and Decision Making

On this page you can read more about your programme, the introduction for international students and how to get started with your studies!

Get started with your studies!

To be able to use the university web services, register for your courses, take out library books and more, you need to first go through our "Five steps to get started".

Introduction Day for all our international students Autumn 2023

About the programme

Programme information

Programme introduction and registration

Registration and an introduction to your programme will be held online on 25 August at 09.00-11.00 (Swedish time) on Zoom.
Programme introduction (pdf) Pdf, 2 MB.

Programme information from your programme director

Welcome to study the Master in Sustainability Science - Environment and Decision Making at the University of Gävle. This text gives you a brief introduction to University studies and about the programme details.

To study by distance

The Master in Sustainability Science – Environment and Decision Making is a full time (100%) online distance programme. You can study this distance Master programme regardless of where you are and as long as you have access to a working internet connection. However, studying by distance does not mean that you can fully decide for yourself when you study. Each programme course requires active engagement and attendance in real time. The schedule for each course will be available on the platform Kronox four weeks before the course starts. Instructions and details for each course are provided through the learning platform Canvas.

Program structure

The program comprises 120 higher education credits and leads to a Master's degree in Sustainability Science. One semester of full time studies corresponds to 30 higher education credits (credits). The full time studies are arranged in such a way that the students sequentially read courses of 7.5 higher education credits throughout the program, with a few exceptions, most notably the master's thesis, which comprises 30 higher education credits the last semester of the programme.

Read more about the start of autumn and spring term

Semester 1

In the autumn of 2023, you will study the following courses:

Week 35-39 Sustainability Science and Systems Theory (7.5cr)

Week 40-44 Philosophy of Science, Research Ethics, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (7.5 cr)

Week 45-49 Group Decision Making and Leadership for Sustainability (7.5cr)

Week 50-02 Natural Resource Management and Resilience Building of Social-Ecological Systems (7.5cr)

Good luck with your studies!

/Sofie Lindeberg
Programme director of the Master in Sustainability Science – Environment and Decision Making at University of Gävle

In preparation for your first courses

In preparation for your first courses

Below you will find welcome letters for the first course(s) that you will take as part of your programme. You will find information about course registration, links to the course syllabus and reading list, timetable and more in your course welcome letter. Welcome letters for courses are published at the latest four weeks before the course start date.

Welcome information - Sustainability Science and Systems Theory (7.5cr)

Welcome information - Philosophy of Science, Research Ethics, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (7.5 cr)

Ask a Student at the University of Gävle

Ask a Student

  • There are a lot of things that students know more about than teachers and administrative staff - how it feels to be a student at the University of Gävle for example.
  • Student Bill Blomster can answer your questions about what it is like to be an student in Sweden and at the University of Gävle.
  • Bill is available for questions weekdays 24 July–8 September.
    E-mail: studhigbill@gmail.com
Information from the Student Union

Information from the Gefle Student Union

If you are a new student who has just arrived to Gävle, you are not alone. Finding meeting places and new friends is often where the fun begins. The Gefle Student Union work in conjunction with student organisations to improve courses, student social environments and many of the entertaining aspects available to you during your study period. To become involved in the Gefle Student Union is therefore a great opportunity to take part in and be able to influence student life and at the same time get to know students studying other subjects.

Don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to the Gefle Student Union and make sure to follow their social media accounts.


If you have any questions about the programme, please contact the programme director, Sofie Lindeberg.

E-mail: sustainabilitymaster@hig.se 

Service and Support


You need to apply for accommodation yourself. Please remember to do it in good time before your arrival. The University of Gävle does not provide any student accommodation.

Free Microsoft Office

As a student at the University of Gävle you have the opportunity to install
Microsoft Office on up to five computers. The Office package includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Onenote.

  • Library

The library is located in the middle of campus and is open to everybody. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.

  • Residence permit
    • If you are a non-EU citizen you need to apply for a residence permit. Start the process of applying for a residence permit as soon as possible. This can be a slow process and take several months. It is therefore good to get started as soon as possible!

Student Centre

At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff that can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You will also find a café in this area and TV displays showing current information and the daily timetabling. If you have any study-related questions, you can contact the Student Centre at studentsupport@hig.se

Student Support

  • Sometimes you need help to manage your studies and student life. At the University of Gävle we have several support functions to help you deal with various study-related situations, such as, for example, study guidance counselling, student health and welfare, and support for disabled students.

Tuition fees

  • If you have any questions about tuition fees, please find more information in our FAQ.

Web meetings with Zoom

  • Zoom are a services for web meetings at the University of Gävle. You usually need a webcam and headset with a microphone.
  • Web meetings with Zoom

Wireless network (wifi)

Eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) gives you access to the Internet when you are staying on the University campus. It also provides internet access at other universities and colleges that are connected to eduroam. Eduroam also works at many airports, railway stations and hotels.

Published by: Veronica Liljeroth Page responsible: Satu Moberg Updated: 2023-08-25
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