The Swedish Higher Education Authority has evaluated 39 programmes in environmental science similar subjects, at 15 different universities. The majority (27) of the programmes were considered to be of "high quality”, eight were considered inadequate.
However, only three programmes were considered to be of "very high quality", and one of them was the centre's own SERSD programme. The evaluation is based on five assessment points, and the SERSD-programme received the highest review on all five.
"This is of course great news. The evaluation is very comprehensive and demanding and we are extremely pleased that we did so well," says director of studies Lisa Deutsch.
"Education is a priority at the centre, we have made big efforts to make the programme the best it can be, and it's great that it gets noticed," she says.
About the programme
SERSD is a 2-year Master’s programme that aims to enhance students' knowledge of the complex interactions between ecological and social systems. The programme attracts top international students and courses are firmly embedded in the research at the centre.
In the programme, students are introduced to multiple research approaches and methods for studying coupled social and ecological systems.
SERSD admits 15 students each year and includes one year of courses and a traineeship, and one year spent doing a Master's thesis. The four mandatory courses during the first year are designed to define the challenges we face today and reflect on how resilience thinking can be applied to social-ecological systems to solve real-life problems.
During the second year, students write up their theses. These are mainly incorporated in on-going research projects and are all related to one of the research themes at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
The programme starts in the autumn each year and application deadline is 15 January for all students.
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