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International Master's Programme in Environmental Social Science

  • 120 credits

Environmental social science is the interdisciplinary study of what governs people’s behaviour, beliefs and ways of organising themselves in relation to the natural environment.

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.

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It focuses on understanding the social processes that either lead to environmental change or are a reaction or adaptation to such change. The field of research explores how, where and at what levels of society decisions relating to the environment are made. How can various types of political, financial, social and cultural control of social processes affecting the environment be achieved at the local, national and global levels?

The programme in environmental social science discusses how science, policies and practices interact with power relations. How are environmental issues and their solutions defined and understood, and how does vulnerability create unequal conditions?

  • Programme overview

    The first semester of the programme includes four obligatory, interdisciplinary courses that provide an introduction to environmental social science research. The second and third semesters consist of optional advanced courses from various social science disciplines, in addition to obligatory method courses worth a total of 15 credits. In the second or third semester, it can also be possible to do an internship worth 15-30 credits. The degree project constitutes 30 credits and is written during the fourth semester.

    Since a degree can only be issued in a main field of study in which the student has been awarded at least 60 credits, the programme offers three possible master’s degrees: Human geography with a specialisation in environmental social science, Social anthropology with a specialisation in environmental social science, and Political science with a specialisation in environmental social science. In order to be awarded a degree in the main field of study, the student is required to have completed 15 credits of method courses, 15 credits of advanced courses, and 30 credits of a degree project in the relevant main field of study. The main field of study is chosen during the first semester.

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Period A

    Environment, Lifestyles and Individuals
    Course responsible teacher: Joost de Moor

    Period B

    Environment och Local Communities
    Course responsible teacher: Lowe Börjeson

    Period C

    Environment, Markets and Politics
    Course responsible teacher: Andreas Duit

    Period D

    Environment and Global Governance
    Course responsible teacher: Aysem Mert

    Semester 2

    Optional advanced level courses in Environmental Social Science

    Compulsory courses in Social Science methods


    Year 2

    Semester 3

    Optional advanced level courses in Environmental Social Science

    Compulsory courses in Social Science methods


    Semester 4

    Degree project

  • How to apply

    Admission to the International Master's Programme in Environmental Social Science is done once a year, for the autumn semester. All applications are to be submitted electronically through (English) or (Swedish).

    Please note that all parts of the application must be submitted directly to or No documentation should be sent to the department.

  • Meet us

    Meet our students

    An international program with students from all around the world

    Marco Kessler had finished his bachelor in economics and wanted to study something with a more holistic approach when he found the master’s programme in Environmental Social Science.

    Marco Kessler

    Why did you apply to the International master’s programme in Environmental Social Science?

    I have a Bachelor in business administration and economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany but felt that I wanted to change from economics to something else. I have a big passion for environmental questions and was searching for master’s programmes with that approach. That is when I found the master's programme in Environmental Social Science. I found the programme very appealing and interesting so, I decided to apply.

    What do you think about the program so far?

    I really like it and it has been very motivating. You start with four obligatory courses about how different levels in society can tackle environmental problems. The courses are interdisciplinary and were a good introduction to environmental social science research. It is also an international program with students from all around the world.

    What do you think about the student life here at Stockholm University?

    I am enjoying my time here. The good thing about Stockholm is that you have many options to make your student life fun. I especially like the campus with all its green areas.

    What is your plan for the future when you finished your studies?

    I have some ideas on what I want to do after my studies but no exact plan. Work places that I think can be interesting are The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Goverment Offices , the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, or the County Administrative Board. However, the most important for me is to study something I am passionate about and hopefully leads me to a job that I will find interesting.

    Do you have any advice for new students?

    If you think the social science perspective of environmental issues is interesting then you will like the programme. And do not worry about your background. Even if you, like me, studied economics before you will have no problem to follow the programme. During your first semester, you have to choose a track or main field of study. And my recommendations in terms of making that decision is to start thinking about it in time and contact teachers and discuss the different tracks with them.

    Name: Marco Kessler
    Studying: International master's programme in Environmental Social Science

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