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Applied Environmental Modelling

  • 15 credits

Environmental issues are complex. A systems perspective is required in order to understand today’s multidisciplinary environmental problems, and to identify both long-term solutions and alternatives.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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The course is founded in systems science theories (system analysis and system dynamics) and approaches problem solving with the help of conceptual and quantitative modelling, and scenario techniques focusing on natural resource management, anthropogenic environmental impact and sustainability.

The course is part of Master's Programme in Environmental Management and Physical Planning but can also be read as a separate course.

  • Course structure

    The course includes both theoretical and practical components.


    1. Theory for Environmental Systems Thinking and Modelling, 7.5 credits
    2. Practical Systems Analysis and System Dynamics, 7.5 credits

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars, exercises and project work.

    Learning outcomes

    After taking the course it is expected that the student will be able to:

    • identify, represent and analyse environmental systems and associated dynamic structures
    • utilize system theoretical methods to conduct diagnostic and prognostic analyses of diverse environmental problems, including identification of sub-systems, processes, delays and non-linear behaviour
    • apply conceptual modelling on practical examples
    • use aggregated computer-based modelling
    • apply scenario techniques, analyse and evaluate scenario assumptions and results
    • analyse uncertainty, knowledge and values when assessing risks.


    For details see syllabus.


    Salim Belyazid

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Erik Hansson

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Salim Belyazid