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About Adult Learning and Global Change at Linköping University

The courses contain topics such as: Locating oneself in Global Learning, Adult learning: contexts and perspectives, Work and learning, Fostering learning in practice, Global/local learning and Understanding Research. 

Online learning and master thesis

All course activities will be done within an online learning plat form, and you will write a master thesis (15 credits) in which you apply your theoretical and methodological knowledge in the Adult learning area. Examples areas are professional development, work based learning and teaching the adult.

The characteristic feature of the programme is a dialectic between students' personal experience and the conceptual resources of the programme. 

Four universities - one programme

As a student at Linköping University you will learn together with students from other partner universities in a global class and you go through courses provided by the partner universities, making the programme truly international. All four universities are equal partners:

  • Linköping University, Linköping (Sweden)
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada)
  • University of Western Cape, Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (Australia).

The programme won the 2005 Curriculum Innovation Award, awarded by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and also The e-Learning Excellence Award(2015) at the  14th European Conference on E learning, held at Hertfordshire University, UK .

Selection will be based on academic grades and Letter of Intent.

The applicant should submit a Letter of Intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme (about 1000 words). The letter should include a summary of the bachelor essay/project, and a description of academic studies and work experience relevant to adult learning.

Following the final examination, you will have theoretical knowledge of globalisation and its impacts in different locations. This knowledge that is needed when you work in different formal and informal adult learning organizations.

Graduates of the programme will be able to: learn and teach globally, use global connective technologies, understand knowledge-based societies and their implications for learning, understand globalisation discourses, develop cultural sensibilities and sensitivities and develop an equality perspective for learning and re-framing their own professional practices.

Students may also continue their academic career in further projects.

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Notes about fees for this course

Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland must pay tuition fees for higher education in Sweden. Exceptions might apply. For detailed information please check Higher education studies for citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland are free of charge.

Generally, tuition fees at Linköping University are between SEK 80,000 and 136,000 per academic year.

Tuition fees at Linköping University include the following benefits:

  • Swedish language courses for beginners
  • The Swedish state's insurance FAS+, including accident and property cover
  • An accommodation offer

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, with a major in education, adult learning or other subject relevant to the field of adult learning


Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, and additional academic studies relevant to the field of adult learning 


Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, and additional documented work experience of at least three years in adult education.

English, corresponding to the level of English achieved in Swedish upper secondary education (English B/ English 6).


Degree requirements

Completed studies will lead to a Master’s degree; Master of Arts with a major in Adult´s Learning.  A diploma certificate will be issued on request after the reported completion of all prescribed courses and the concluding Master’s thesis provided that the student meets with the general and specific admission requirements. Students who do not fulfil all requirements to receive a Master of Arts will receive a Transcript of Record of courses completed satisfactorily. 

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