Master in Environmental Sciences


Program Description


Master of Science Programme in Environmental Sciences

The one-year Master's Programme in Environmental Sciences aims to develop your competence in working with environmental issues. You will study environmental issues from a scientific perspective – analysing causes, relationships and possible solutions to environmental problems. Sustainable development is a core theme within the programme, which will help you prepare for your future career, whether you aim to work at a government agency or in the private sector.

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The master's programme in environmental science addresses current societal problems that are connected to global environmental and health issues. The transition to a more sustainable society is a major challenge, requiring joint efforts by universities, society and the private sector. The challenge is complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach.

The programme begins with a course focusing on the complex issues related to land use, where different interests such as natural resource management, land claims and ecological compensation are discussed. In order to achieve reality-related conditions, we use so-called challenge-based pedagogy, where students develop innovative solutions for complex sustainability challenges in project form in collaboration with the public and industrial sectors.

Specialise or broaden your skills

Following the first course, you then choose between a variety of courses in the fields of environmental science, biology and geoscience, such as Freshwater management and Analyses of environmental changes. The teaching in our courses consists of lectures, seminars, group exercises, laboratory exercises and field exercises. You also have the opportunity to read up to 15 higher education credits where you broaden your education with courses in other subject areas.

You can also choose to do an internship, which can take place either in the public or private sectors. You finish the program with a degree project, which is usually conducted in cooperation with authority or company.

Think globally, solve problems locally

An important part of the programme is to work with different forms of environmental problem-solving. Important starting points include risk analysis and analysis of the consequences of environmental changes. This includes work on adaptations to climate change and the transition to a sustainable future. The final degree project provides further opportunities for deepened problem-solving in any part of the environment.

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Programme overview

Autumn term

  • A transition towards a sustainable society, 15.0 hp.
  • Elective courses.

Spring term

  • Elective course.
  • Master's Degree thesis in Environmental Science, 15 credits

Examples of eligible courses:

  • Freshwater management (5BI222) 15 credits
  • Analyses of environmental changes (5MH091) 15 credits
  • Internship in Environmental Health (5MH064) 15 credits

Career opportunities

Many of our students work with national or global environmental and public health issues, often with elements of planning, coordination, investigation or supervision. The education gives you good opportunities to compete for jobs in, for example, the public sector or as a consultant in the industrial sector.

Examples of professions:

  •  Environmental Coordinator
  •  Sustainability coach
  •  Environmental Strategist
  •  Work Environment Engineer
  •  Environmental Consultant
  •  Environmental Manager
  •  Environmental Management Officer
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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