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Environmental Communication and Management MSc with a major in Environmental Science

Welcome to a Master’s degree that will help you to understand and manage different types of communication processes in the area of environmental and natural resource management.


The management of environmental and sustainability issues requires communication and collaboration among many different actors in society. Through communication, different and often conflicting perspectives come together to address questions like what is a sustainable society, how should wildlife be protected, which environmental actions should governments prioritise?   

You will learn how to work with communication, facilitate dialogue and analyse governance processes; all of which are key competences for the management of environmental and sustainability challenges. Writing is an important component of the programme.   

Diversity is a strong feature of this programme and your fellow students come from many different countries, speak a wide variety of languages and have a variety of educational backgrounds such as natural science, social science and technology.  

As a Master’s graduate in environmental science you will have the knowledge required to work with environmental communication, both locally and globally, possibly as an environmental coordinator or officer, a facilitator of dialogue and conflict management or as a researcher in environmental sciences.


Tuition fees: Citizen of a countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees.
First semester: SEK 54 800
Total: SEK 219 000

Name: Environmental Communication and Management
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2022

Study location: Uppsala
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: Normal teaching

Application deadline for international students: 2022/01/17
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2022/04/19

Application code for international students: 81034
Application code for Swedish students: 81020

Selection: Högskolepoäng/
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 Credits) with a major in Environmental Science.

Requirements: Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree of 180 Credits including 90 Credits in one of the following subject areas:
- Natural Science
- Technics
- Social Sciences. (ie Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Human Geography, Media)

This programme is taught in English. The applicant must further have a level of English equivalent to upper secondary school English, called English 6.


There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 17 January 2022. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


In the ECM program we learn to organise and carry out communication and conflict management in the environmental and natural resource management area. Environmental communication is a truly interdisciplinary field of studies, involving theories and methods from sociology, social psychology, political sciences, media and communication, and with a continues reference to environmental- and natural sciences. In the ECM program we start with basic questions about humans, communication, society and nature: Why do environmental problems occur? What motivate humans to act environmentally destructive or friendly? To what extent can improved communication quality contribute to sustainable development and how can this high quality communication be reached?

In the next phase of the ECM program, we learn about methods for organising natural resource management in a constructive, collaborative, participative and democratic way, involving experts, politicians and local actors in a dialogue for learning and decision-making. We also learn about how to organise and pursue conflict management in natural resource issues and practice to play an active role as mediator in NRM conflicts. In this period we also learn about project management and how to coordinate competence and resources in a project. In the end of the first year we go deeper into communicative strategies, developing skills to plan and organise communication campaigns and interventions. 

In the second year of the ECM program we focus on planning and carrying out investigations of environmental communication, both as a preparation for the master thesis and as a preparation for working life, were evaluations of environmental communication and investigations of situations in which to intervene is an important task. We learn how to formulate questions for the investigation, to organise the study, to do interviews and observations in a valid way and to analyse and draw conclusions from your study. The last semester of the ECM program is dedicated to writing a master thesis, an independent work of relevance for environmental communication. The thesis can be carried out in combination with an internship in an environmental communication relevant organisation.

Want to know more? You can read the syllabus at the student web.


When graduated from the ECM programme there are good opportunities for being employed in private companies, consultancy offices, governmental institutions or non-governmental organisations. We can, based in our knowledge about the career of former students, identify four different categories of working tasks: 

  • Environmental officer: Your task is to monitor environmental consequences of other actors’ action and behaviour, to take decisions about permission and sanction and to explain your decision to the stakeholder, and to give advices. 
  • Environmental coordinator: Your task is to plan, organise and pursue communication in order to create environmental change. You investigate peoples motivation, you create information material and organise dialogue with stakeholders. You evaluate process and result of environmental communication. 
  • Facilitator of dialogue and conflict management: Your task is to organise dialogue between stakeholders with different views, needs and interests. You are able to help actors involved in conflict to improve their communication with each other. 
  • Researcher in environmental communication/sciences: Your task is to organise and pursue scientific studies of environmental communication. You organise investigations, write research reports and apply for research funds.

Contact the Programme Study Director to get a list of companies and job positions where some ECM alumni are employed.


Alumni Network

The Worldwide Environmental Communication Alumn* Network –WECAN- is a network for former and current students of the master program Environmental Communication and Management -ECM- at SLU.

WECAN organises periodical seminars and activities for current and former ECM students and serves as a platform to exchange knowledge, contacts and inspiration connected to environmental communication.

Send an email if you have any suggestions or if you want to get involved and remember to join the Facebook page!


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