Mindfulness-Based Stress Management (7,5 cr)

We are happy to announce that in spring 2024, the free-standing course Mindfulness-Based Stress Management (7,5 hp) will be offered again, at the advanced level (180 credits). Please find the set-up and schedule for the spring 2024 course here

Mindfulness – a research-based practice for health and well-being

Mindfulness is about being purposefully aware, in the moment, without judgement. A large body of research demonstrates that the practice of mindfulness leads to a higher sense of control, lower perceived stress, and improved health and well-being. 

Programs developed at Massachusetts and Oxford universities

The new Uppsala University course departs from two evidence-based mindfulness programs: the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA, and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program, developed at Oxford University, England.

The program is taught at top universities around the world including the Ivy League universities in the USA, and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. 

What you will learn

Participants will learn to use mindfulness as an evidence-based tool for stress management, well-being, and health in their personal and professional life. This can be particularly helpful for students working in stressful environments and fields where they encounter different forms of trauma, such as healthcare, social work, sustainable development, aid in conflict zones and post-conflict peacebuilding.

When, where and how

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Management course will run at part-time (50%) over 10 weeks (January 15 – March 22, 2024), on campus.

The course entails the following elements:

The first eight weeks of the course (weeks 3-10): 

  • one session per week, Tuesdays or Thursdays, at 13:30-16:30
  • the silent retreat day on Saturday February 24, 2024, at 8:30am–4:00 pm. 

These sessions, including the silent retreat day, are mandatory. Between sessions, participants will practice guided meditations and yoga at home, for 30 mins to 1 hour per day. 

The last two weeks of the course (weeks 11 & 12):

  • a lecture day on Tuesday March 12, 9:15-17:00 (voluntary participation) 
  • two examining seminars March 14 & 15 (you will be part of one group) and March 22 (mandatory)


Please apply at antagning.se


Karen Brounéus

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Mobile phone:
+46 73 4697102
Last modified: 2023-12-05