Master’s in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development

MSc with a major in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development | 2 years | 120 credits

The Master’s Programme in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development enables you to pursue careers both at national and international institutions working on economic development and innovation, such as the European Union, OECD, World Bank, WTO, NGOs, governments and central banks, multinational companies and consulting firms.

In this programme, you will be provided with the theory, concepts and methods to analyse and better understand the economics, roots and drivers of growth and innovation. The unique focus on spatial dynamics 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. Grand challenges, especially those we are currently facing, such as climate change, food security and poverty alleviation, require new technical solutions, new social configurations, new economic models and, eventually, new socio-economic and technical transformations. 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

Students enrolled in this programme will have an opportunity to compete for acceptance to a double degree with Aalborg University. Both Lund University and Aalborg University excel in research on innovation and development worldwide.

Programme structure for Innovation and Global Sustainable Development

Next programme start

August 2019

Arrival day

20 August 2019

Application deadline

15 January 2019


2 years, tull time

Tuition fee

SEK 120 000 per year. EU/EAA citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

One year option available

The full programme comprises two years of full-time studies, but there will be a provision to leave after one year with a MSc (60 ECTS credits).

Contact for more information about the one year option.