I selected this programme to complement my undergraduate degree in Biology with methods and theories from sustainability science. The program accepts students from a diverse academic background, so if you want to learn more about sustainability and resilience, apply.

 

I studied the Master’s Programme in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Questions and Answers

Social and environmental aspects in the SRC programme

Question: Hello. I have been working in development cooperation for 20 years. I have completed a Masters in Sustainaible Development 8 years ago. How does SRC integrate social and environmental aspects in its teaching? What kind of methods?

Answer: In the program, students discuss and have group projects based from case studies, for example when the program covered how to conduct a resilience assessment. Students worked in groups on a case study (re-greening of the Sahel or drinking water availability in Stockholm) and wrote a resilience assessment.   Typically, there are sample case studies for each topic covered during the first year. Case studies readings is the main way SRI integrates social and environmental aspects in teaching.

As a student during your first year you are exposed to different methods (not in detail, but an introduction).  A few methods: (1) Social network analyses with UCINET, (2) Interviews (different types), (3) Causal loop diagrams (CLD), (4) Agent based modelling with NetLogo, and (5) Statistics.   During your second year, when students are working on their masters project then studenta develop skills in a certain methods.

Career prospects

Question: I would like to have specific information on career prospects and current alumni positions, employability, possibilities for working in sweden afterwards and the market demand on this program.

Answer: The sustainability field is growing in Sweden.  Companies have to complete sustainability reports.  The SRC focuses on resilience theory which is one way to approach sustainability.  If you are interested in learning a method that would make you marketable for employment. You can learn the method in detail when you conduct your thesis research during the second year.  The SRC masters program is research focus.  With that being stated, the research you learn can be applied in companies.  In addition, you have to consider the companies’ employment needs, is there a match between your skills and the companies’ current needs.

For who is the programme

Question: As someone with a master's degree in physics, and about 4.5 years of work experience in environment and development, I was wondering if the master's class has mostly mature students or fresh grads? Also, is there info on what alumni are doing?

Answer: Thank you for your question. There is a range of ages in the program. I was one of the older students, in my late 30s. There were a few students in their 40s. The master’s program is considered a professional degree so there is a level of maturity expected from the students.  I did enjoy the broad age range, with it comes different perspectives.  Unfortunately, there is no information about alumni on SRC master’s program website.