FAQs about studying at Stockholm Resilience Centre

We've collected some of the most frequently asked questions about our master's programme and about studying at the centre.

1. What does it mean that the SERSD programme is research oriented?
We have developed the programme to train future researchers in this field. This does not mean that all of our students go on to do PhDs, but it does mean that the focus of the programme is not on application rather on research.

2. Is SERSD a full time programme?
Yes! The work load in the programme is heavy. You are expected to work Monday through Friday, 9.00-17.00 and the courses run back-to-back. There are two breaks: Christmas and Easter, and bank holidays are free.

While not all course time is in the classroom, most scheduled components are compulsory and there is a heavy emphasis on group work. This means that many of the working hours will in fact be scheduled. There is also a lot of reading material and assignments to address. This means that having a job on the side is very challenging, and taking vacation during courses is not an option.

It is an intense year, but very rewarding!

3. What are the courses in the programme like?
The courses in the Master's programme are developed to be a progression on each other.  This means that it is a prerequisite to have completed Course 1 in order to begin Course 2 and so on. For each exam there will be a re-examination opportunity within 2 weeks. This is very tough workload-wise as the courses continue, and if you still have not passed the course’s examination you will have to wait for re-examination until the following year and will not be able to continue the courses.

4. What can I write about in my thesis?
The Master’s thesis needs to be related to one of the SRC research themes. This is to make sure your thesis remains within the SERSD context. It is also a serious time investment for supervisors to take on Master’s students, so they will be looking for students who have research interests that match their on-going research projects and/ or capacities.

In your application you were asked to propose research ideas. If you had not researched the SRC website before writing these, I recommend you do this and review your proposal to see if you can identify people who could potentially supervise you. This is particularly important if you have specific areas of interest! Feel free to email researchers if you want to check ideas with them – do note that due to the summer holidays it may take time to get a reply.

5. Will the programmes "Ecosystem, Resilience and Governance" and "Sustainable Enterprising" run again.

No. Instead we are focusing our energy on the SERSD-programme.

6. Who can I contact if I have questions?

We try to post all necessary information on our website, please start with reading through the different pages. Many of the answers to your questions can be found there!

If you do not find the answer to your question:

Contact Tim Daw for questions concerning the programme or any other Bachelor or Master level courses.

Contact Jessica Slove Davidson for questions concerning the application process or administration.

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70

Organisation number: 202100-3062
VAT No: SE202100306201