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Environmental Field Studies

Field studies are vital in environmental science to monitor the state of the environment and push our current understanding of ecosystem compartments and processes.

Course period spring 2022: Monday 2 May - Friday 3 June

In this field excursion course, you will get a chance to familiarize yourself with the composition and structure of different environmental compartments such as soil, inland waters, coastal systems and the lower atmosphere.

The course will offer hands-on experience with sampling and measurement of core environmental properties of soil, water and air, as well as demonstration of state-of-the-art techniques.

The course is compulsory in the Environmental Science Master program focusing on environmental toxicology and chemistry, elective in the Environmental Science Master program focusing on atmosphere, biogeosphere and climate, but may also be taken as a separate course.

Course given in English unless all students speak Swedish.

Field sampling in Tyresta National Park, one of the course’s excursion sites.
  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The teaching focuses on field excursions followed by seminars and exercises where biogeochemical concepts and processes are evaluated.

    Lectures will be given where e.g. the principles of planning and conducting field investigations are discussed. Participation in field excursions and any associated integrated instructions is compulsory. Lectures and field excursions will primarily be led by researchers from Stockholm University.


    Knowledge assessment takes the form of written assignments and a written exam.


    Cheating and plagiarism

    Cheating of every kind is wholly unacceptable and Stockholm University takes this matter extremely seriously.

    By cheating is meant, for example, that students cooperate in an unauthorized way, use unauthorized resources or otherwise try to cheat in the examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures.

    Read more about the rules and regulations here:
    Guidelines for Disciplinary Matters at Stockholm University
    Your rights and responsibilities as a student
    Regulations for written seated examination

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Course period spring 2022: Monday 2 May - Friday 3 June


  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Study counsellors

    Department of Environmental Science

    Course coordinator

    Sofi Jonsson,
    Department of Environmental Science, Unit Biogeochemistry