Reasons to choose

  • Broad training in methods for studying the complexities of social-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

Two years full time study, 120 credits, awarding an MSc in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development.

Courses in the first year have their emphasis on resilience, 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

Autumn Spring
Social-Ecological Systems: Challenges and Approaches Governance and Management of Social-Ecological Systems
Systems Theory and Resilience Thinking Resilience Reflections and Applications


Second year

Autumn Spring

Degree project

Degree project


Master’s degree projects are usually incorporated within ongoing research projects related to the current research themes at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Recent degree projects

  • Mapping the supply and demand of ecosystem services in the Helge å catchment area, Sweden

  • Learning to bridge conservation and development: A case study from the environmental monitors programme in Kruger to Canyons biosphere reserve

  • Revealing distal drivers in coral reef social-ecological systems. Mapping land grabbing and human migration at a global scale

  • Exploring tools to promote pro-environmental behaviour. Can behavioural insights from psychology and behavioural economics be utilized to increase the recycling of food waste in Hökarängen, Sweden?

Career prospects

The MSc programme serves as good preparation for continuation to PhD studies within social-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 companies world wide.


Social-ecological resilience for sustainable development is a transdisciplinary programme. Therefore we aim to achieve a student group with diverse backgrounds, as we believe this creates the best environment for learning about sustainability. This means that all majors are eligible for the programme. Your ability to explain why you feel that your background is relevant will, however, affect your chances of being selected (see Selection criteria).

We look forward to your application!