University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science

Environmental Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    14181 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language

About

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 Environmental Sciences Master's programme is offered at University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science. 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.

Career

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.

Programme Structure

The program begins by a set of two common courses:

  • Global change problem, analysis, measures and
  • Resource efficiency energy, material flows and ecosystem services, 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, Energy and Environment, Plant Ecophysiology in a Global Change Perspective, or Chemical Risk Assessment. Examples of courses in applied environmental science, typically addressing modern environmental tools, are Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Economics (basic level course).

At the end of the program, the students are gathered in two mandatory courses, Advanced Environmental Methodology and the final Examination course.

Alternatively, the student may choose to take the Advanced Environmental Methodology course already during the first year in order to take a Examination course during the entire second year.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS 120 hec alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14181 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28362 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Application fee 900 SEK
  • Full programme cost 273 800 SEK
  • First payment 68 450 SEK
  • *Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.

Funding

We are convinced that education and research flourish in an international environment. A mixture of students from different cultures enriches the learning environment and the University believes that motivated students should have a chance to study here even if they dont have the means to cover all costs.

  • The University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship & New Scholarships from Adlerbert Scholarship Foundation
  • Swedish Institute's Scholarship
  • The Volvo Group Scholarship
  • The Richard C. Malmsten Memorial Foundation Scholarship

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.