Programme structure

The Master's programme in Development, Environment and Cultural Change (DECC) is a two year full-time study of 120 ECTS credits.

4. semester Work on SUM4091 – Master's Thesis in Culture, Environment and Sustainability
3. semester Work on SUM4091 – Master's Thesis in Culture, Environment and Sustainability
2. semester Elective course Elective course Elective course
1. semester SUM4200 – Key Issues in Development and Environment SUM4100 – Research Methods and Project Design
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits


The Master's curriculum offered by DECC follows this structure:

Compulsory courses (30 credits)

SUM4300 – Text Lab will be compulsory for program students beginning from august 2020 and onwards. 

Elective courses (30 credits)

The list is changed and updated annually in November. 

It is possible to apply for recognition of 20 credits taken in other subjects when these can be seen as relevant for the candidate’s Master's Thesis. Consult the Study Coordinator if you wish to do so. For students interested in energy and practice theory, and want a supplement to SUM4502 – INCLUDE – Socially Inclusive Energy Transition, we recommend the one week course Energy Society and Practices at Durham University

Masters thesis (60 credits)


Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods at the programme are based on lectures, seminars and workshops.

Forms of examination and assessments

Examination forms at the programme are mainly written, invigilated exams and term paper assignments. The evaluation of the thesis is based on an assessment of the written thesis as well as an oral examination, during which the students will have the opportunity to defend the thesis.

Diploma and degree

This programme leads to the following degree: Master of Philosophy in Development, Environment and Cultural Change. 

Courses formerly included in the program

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