M.Sc. Enviromental Sciences

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR14400 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Faculty of Science | University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science | Gothenburg, Sweden
Environmental science is a young science that deals with human impacts on nature, on the cultural heritage, and on our health. Environmental science studies the threats to the common future on Earth, but also the opportunities that these challenges create.

Description of Enviromental Sciences

This environmental science master program deals with environmental problems at different spatial (local to global) and temporal (the past, present and future) scales and has the ambition to cross both academic and national boundaries.

The program is interdisciplinary with a strong basis in natural sciences, but it also includes significant elements of technology and social sciences. The idea is to study environmental issues from three different perspectives:

  1. the knowledge of the causes and nature of different types of anthropogenic impacts and environmental problems is deepened;
  2. the environmental problems are analyzed from many different perspectives, e.g. time trends, severity, geographical extent (local, regional or global), economic aspects and so forth;
  3. many different types of mitigation possibilities are studied thoroughly, such as new technology solutions, design and implementation of international agreement, company strategies and policy making at different levels of society.

The students thus gain in-depth knowledge and competence regarding all aspects of environmental problems (causes, emissions, impacts and mitigation measures), and how those aspects interact. The program aims to, in a balanced manner, include all parts of the internationally approved framework for description of environmental issues, namely DPSIR (Drivers, Pressure, State, Impact, Response) developed by the European Environmental Agency.


The program prepares the students for a career as an environmental expert in both business and public sectors as well as a career as PhD student in Environmental science. Career opportunities of course depend on the student’s choice of non-mandatory courses.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 14400 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

Full programme cost 265 200 SEK. First payment 66 300 SEK. Tuition fee does not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The program begins by a set of two common 7.5 hec courses: Global change – problem, analysis, measures (ES2613) and Resource efficiency – energy, material flows and ecosystem services (ES2614), which are mandatory. Each student then deepens her/his competence in fundamental and/or applied environmental science by choosing a number of advanced courses in environmental science.

Depending on background, the student may want to take fundamental advanced courses in, for example, Atmospheric Chemistry (KEM170) 15 hec, Energy and Environment (ES2417) 15 hec, Plant Ecophysiology in a Global Change Perspective (BIO506) 15 hec, or Chemical Risk Assessment (ES2413) 15 hec. Examples of courses in applied environmental science, typically addressing modern environmental tools, are Environmental Management Systems (ES2611) 15 hec, Environmental Impact Assessment (ES2419) 7.5 hec and Environmental Economics (basic level course) (ES1601) 15 hec.

At the end of the program, the students are gathered in two mandatory courses, Advanced Environmental Methodology (ES2616) 15 hec and the final Examination course (ES2500) 30 hec. Alternatively, the student may choose to take the Advanced Environmental Methodology course already during the first year in order to take a 60 hec Examination course during the entire second year.

Requirements for Enviromental Sciences

Entrance Requirements:

Bachelor of Science (environmental science - natural science, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics), or equivalent from a university including at least 15 hec in Environmental science - natural science. These prerequisites can be waived if an applicant has verifiable equivalent knowledge/skills, for example for students with a Bachelor degree in geography - natural science.Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credit points from previous university studies, maximum 225 hec.

Work Experience for Enviromental Sciences

No work experience is required.

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