Master of Environmental Science


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Program Description

Why master in Environmental Science?

Our world faces massive challenges, and the need for professionals with relevant knowledge is huge.

You can be one of those professionals.

This master provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems.

Semester exchange to USN

Within this programme there are several exchange opportunities for students from partner universities. Please contact our program administrator for details and course lists. Application deadline for exchange students is April 15 for Autumn semester and October 15 for spring semester.

What kind of job do you qualify for?

As a graduate you will qualify for positions in the field of natural resource management and research, depending on which topics are emphasized in your studies, particularly the MSc thesis.

Examples are:

  • Water resource management
  • Pollution control
  • Molecular genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Ecotoxicology

Working with the local business community

Students are encouraged to write their master thesis in cooperation with, or on behalf of, external actors in or outside the region.

What you will learn

Emphasis will be placed on how and why different management strategies can contribute to sustainable use, conservation / protection and the recovery of natural and environmental resources. The study programme is research and management oriented and provides thorough experience of laboratory and fieldwork.

The study programme consists of various courses (including but not limited to Ecology, Chemistry, Biology, Soil Science, Water, Geology and Atmospheric Science) comprising in total 60 ECTS and a Master’s thesis (60 ECTS). The teaching is largely based on one-week modules, and laboratory and field-oriented teaching. It provides a flexible study programme, and places high demands on students’ ability to work independently.

Combining theory and practice is central throughout the programme. This will provide the students with necessary theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience required to be prepared for employment or further studies. The Master thesis is based on independent study under the supervision of Professors.

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Further study opportunities

Students who graduate from this programme can move on to PhD programmes in environmental science, ecology and similar fields of research.

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describes the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.

Link to the latest published study plan

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is headed by Rector Petter Aasen. USN was established as a university on the 4th of May 2018.

The University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is headed by Rector Petter Aasen. USN was established as a university on the 4th of May 2018. Read less
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