Master's Programme in Environmental Science, 120 credits

About the education

Environmental science is the study of our environment and the environmental problems which arise from human activities, as well as how we can identify, understand, and resolve those problems. Environmental issues are complex and environmental science is, by necessity, a multi-disciplinary endeavour which draws from both the natural and social sciences. As a student you will acquire a solid education in a natural science with environmental relevance, an understanding of the societal aspects of environmental problems, and learn about the tools you have in your disposal to resolve environmental problems in a scientific manner. The program starts with two mandatory courses. Experimental Studies in Environmental Science, 15 HEC, which deals with sampling and analysis techniques for environmental investigations, data quality, analysis, and compilation, as well as presentation techniques, and Environmental Science, 15 HEC, which deals with the analysis of current environmental issues, scientific research and basic statistics applied to relevant environmental problems. At least 30 HEC at the advanced level are to be taken within your own specialisation (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics). 30 HEC are optional and can be used either to broaden your skills or to deepen your knowledge within your field of specialisation. An individual thesis project of at least 30 HEC is mandatory. The program’s courses are normally given in English unless all participants are Swedish speaking. Degree and career options: The Master’s Degree in Environmental Science is of interest for all kinds of environmental work: research, environmental consulting, private industry, environmental authorities, etc.

Subject: Environmental Science

Climate changes, environmental pollutants, ozone depletion, poor air and water quality, changes in landscape, waste disposal, depletion of natural resources, loss of ecosystem services, resilience and biological diversity, etc. The list of environmental problems is long as we humans use the resources nature has to offer without knowing or paying attention to the consequences. Environmental Science is a multi-disciplinary subject which applies knowledge from both the natural and social sciences to identify, understand, prevent, and deal with environmental problems caused by human activities. The Bachelor and Master Programs in Environmental Science offer an education in a natural science with environmental relevance and a background to the societal aspects of environmental problems. The programs apply a systems approach to the study of environmental problems and to man’s relationship to his environment. More information can be found at the ITM homepage www.itm.su.se.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.