Master in Environmental Science


Program Description


Developing solutions to our environmental challenges such as climate change, pollution, air and water quality, requires people who both understand problems holistically and can tackle them at the microscopic level. A Master of Environmental Science degree from Stockholm University will give you those tools, through an education in either Atmospheric Science, Biogeochemistry or Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The courses in Atmospheric Science and Biogeochemistry will provide the fundamental knowledge of the composition and functioning of the environmental compartments: the atmosphere – the freshwater and ocean – and the land systems. They also give the environmental systems understanding of how these compartments interact through transport, energy balances, the water and carbon cycles. Courses in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will give you an in-depth understanding of the journey of chemicals, covering principles and applications of analysis, physical-chemical modelling, toxicology and risk assessment of environmental contaminants.

Reasons to choose

  • A highly interactive international research and learning environment
  • Classes taught by world-class researchers with diverse research interests who are active in their fields.
  • An education adaptable to many career paths
  • In 2016, Stockholm University was ranked 3rd best in the world in driving environmental awareness in by the Times Higher Education
  • Environmental Science at Stockholm University is of highest international excellence: ranked third in the World of universities with environmental research of the greatest impact (Times Higher Education) and ranked in top 5 in the World in subject area “Environmental Science and Engineering” based on quality of research in 8 different criteria by the Shanghai Ranking.

Programme structure

A Master’s programme in Environmental Science covers two years and starts with a mandatory course discussing the global environmental challenges of the world. What follows depends on your interests: climate-related topics, biogeochemistry or environmental chemistry and toxicology. During the second year, you can opt for 30 credits in courses within your field or in other subject areas and a 30-credit, 45-credit or 60-credit thesis project.

Career prospects

A Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Stockholm University prepares you for a successful Ph.D. education, research career, as well as for stimulating careers in environmental management and consulting in private or governmental sectors anywhere in the world. Environmental Scientists are needed in numerous sectors of society, for example as environmental or sustainability specialists in the private sector and at Non-Governmental- Organisations (NGOs), as well as at government agencies.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields. Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the Stockholm city centre. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index and is consistently ranked in the top ten most livable countries.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the programme we require the equivalent to Bachelor's degree in the natural sciences or in engineering, including 15 higher education credits (ECTS) in mathematics or statistics. If you are interested in our courses in chemistry or toxicology you also need 30 ECTS in chemistry at the Bachelor’s level. In addition, you are required to show English proficiency equivalent to Swedish high school level.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-class education in a number of programs and courses, at the Master's level more than 30 study programs are given in English. Read less