Master in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

Stockholm University

Program Description

Master in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

Stockholm University

Our Master’s programme in Socio-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development will introduce you to the complexity of interactions between humans and nature. You will learn how to use resilience thinking as an approach to managing socio-ecological systems and to help you solve real-world problems.

Reasons to choose

  • Broad training in methods for studying the complexities of socio-ecological systems
  • Emphasis on how resilience thinking can be applied to solve real-world problems
  • International and highly interactive learning environment where you develop skills and networks

Programme structure

Courses in the first year have their emphasis on resilience and reflect the challenges facing society and research at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The second year you will gain practical research experience while conducting your degree project.

First year

Social-Ecological Systems: Challenges and Approaches

Systems Theory and Resilience Thinking

Governance and Management of Social-Ecological Systems

Resilience Reflections and Applications

Second year

Degree project (60 credits)

Career prospects

The MSc programme serves as good preparation for the continuation of PhD studies within socio-ecological systems and sustainability. It opens up potential careers in governmental ministries and local administrative authorities, NGO’s and research institutes, or working with indigenous rights. In the private sector, job possibilities exist in consulting agencies and established companies worldwide.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the centre of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe, and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the programme we require the equivalent to Bachelor's degree and that you can show that you have background relevant to the subject either from studies or other experience. In addition, you are required to show English proficiency equivalent to Swedish high school level.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 30, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 3, 2018
2 years
Full time
140,000 SEK
per academic year
Sweden - Stockholm, Stockholm County
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