I chose the programme because having studied philosophy at undergraduate level, I'd become interested in questions of environmental and social justice, but I didn't yet know what I wanted to specialize in. The programme was broad, covering a diverse range of topics with teaching from three different departments, so it allowed me to get a grounding in all these areas before my second year, in which I could choose an area to focus more closely on.

Today I am a PhD- student at the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University.



I studied the Master’s Programme in Master's Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change at the Department of Human Geography.

Qustions and Answers

Programme structure

Question: How was the programme structured?

Answer: At the time that I was studying, the programme was split between 3 departments; Human Geography, Physical Geography and Economic History. For the first year, there was four 15 credit courses that every student on the programme took together to get a grounding in some of the main ideas in the different study areas. In the second year, we were free to choose courses from any of the three departments, and then we could choose in which field we would write our master’s thesis, assuming we had received enough credits from that department. Programme structures can change though, so it’s worth reading the programme structure online before applying!

Programme content

Question: What sorts of things did you study during your master’s programme?

Answer: The programme was very broad and covered a lot of topics. In my first year I learned a bit about climate science, the political economy and globalization, environmental and social issues in cities of the global south, as well as some training on working with theory and method. In my second year, I chose to study only courses within the Human Geography department, so I studied a course on migration and one on the social effects of different urban planning strategies. After that, I wrote my master’s thesis on questions of public space, migration and homelessness in Stockholm. One thing I would suggest is to start thinking early on about what you might want to write your master’s thesis on. During the first year you will have some time to learn about different things and to see what interests you, but the earlier you get an idea where you would like to focus for your thesis, the easier it will be to then pick courses in the second year that will help you in the right direction. And then when it comes to writing your thesis, you can have a lot of the ideas and theories already in place!