M.Sc. Enviromental Sciences

University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 14,400 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The environmental science master program embraces the past, present and future and has the ambition to cross both academic and national boundaries. The program is interdisciplinary with a strong base in natural sciences, but with significant elements of technology and social sciences.

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.

The idea of this program is a threefold entity:

* the knowledge about causes and nature of the environmental effects of anthropogenic impact are deepened
* the environmental problems are analyzed from many points of view, e.g. time trends, severity, geographical extent (local, regional or global), economic aspects and so forth
* many different types of mitigation possibilities are studied thoroughly, like e.g. new technology solutions, design and implementation of international agreement, company strategies and policy making at different levels of society.

The students thus gain knowledge and competence regarding all aspects of an environmental problem (causes, emissions, impacts, effects and measures), and how those aspects interact. Another description is that the program, in a balanced manner, includes 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 Ph.D. student in Environmental science, to some extent depending on the student s choice of non-mandatory courses.


The program begins by a set of two common 7.5 hec courses, Global change - problem, analysis, measures , and Resource efficiency - energy, material flows and ecosystem services, which are mandatory.

Then, each student deepens his/her competence in fundamental environmental science by choosing one or two advanced courses (15-30 hec) in environmental science, depending on the background, e.g. Atmospheric Chemistry, Energy and Environment, Global Change Biology and Chemical Risk Assessment.

After that, comes a set of applied environmental science courses (30-45 hec), typically presenting tools, e.g. Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Economics (including policy instruments).

In the end of the program, the students are gathered in two mandatory courses, Advanced Environmental Methodology (15 hec) and the final Examination course (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.


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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575

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