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The Master of Science in Engineering Programme in Environmental Management and Sustainability Science (EMSS) at Aalborg University is a great choice for students who want to make the world a more sustainable place to live in. Graduates of this Engineering Master’s programme are prepared to find solutions to aid organisations and societies increase their focus on creating a more sustainable future for themselves and others.

Why study Aalborg’s Master in Environmental Management and Sustainability Science?

Students will learn how to address social problems such as overpopulation, depletion of resources, climate change, insufficient environmental governance, and more. The Master in Environmental Management is great for training ambitious environmental managers who can face these challenges and implement sustainable solutions.

The study programme provides an understanding of best theories and practices for effective environmental management in the business world, public organisations and the broader society. Students learn how to apply environmental management tools and relevant knowledge, and to find out-of-the-box solutions to environmental problems affecting society. Top practical techniques students will learn to use include:

  • environmental planning,
  • environmental management systems (EMS)
  • corporate social responsibility CSR)
  • life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • environmental assessments (EIA and SEA)
  • eco-design

The Master in Environmental Management and Sustainability Science aims to combine the disciplines of environmental management and sustainability science in one relevant degree. Furthermore, the course provides data on environmental product design, cleaner production, spatial planning, and natural resource management.

Student benefits of completing this Master’s degree
  • Attending a degree led by a large team of passionate researchers on cutting-edge topics;
  • An informal international environment with high student-staff engagement;
  • Career opportunities in industrial companies, consultancy companies, NGOs, and government;
  • Opportunity to join a welcoming alumni network;
  • No tuition fees for EU-students;
  • Problem-based learning, group-based project work, and learning through real-world problems;
  • A strong tradition of collaboration with external organisations throughout the study, e.g. during an internship;
  • Diverse group of researchers allows students to benefit from personalised learning;
  • University actively engages future employers in advising the students on the relevant profile.

Our Master of Science (M.Sc.) keeps close ties with industry-relevant employers to keep the EMSS programme up to date. This results in graduates who met the demands of the job market present and future employers. We prioritise the internship semester as a way to match students and companies and to make the students get a head start at the job market.

Job and careers

Since environmental and sustainability issues transcend sectors and borders, EMSS candidates are employed in a variety of positions. Some examples include:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Assessment expert
  • Industrial PhD
  • Licensing engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Waste management officer

After completing the Master’s Programme in Environmental Management and Sustainability Science students will have an easier time finding a job in Denmark. However, they will need to speak the Danish language in addition to holding a Danish graduate diploma.

Programme Structure

Semester 1
  • Current Topics in Sustainability Research I The course module on Current Topics in Research on Sustainable Development aims at providing students with broad knowledge on current research and practice in regards to sustainable development. Topics that will be dealt with include Innovation, Stakeholder Relations, Organisation & Management, Partnerships & Networks, Finance, Climate Change and other environmental problems, Social Responsibility, Tool boxes, etc. The seminars will provide for interaction between research and practice and is intended to facilitate a link between more theoretical/scientific knowledge and more practical knowledge.
  • Tools and Systems of Sustainable Development The aim of this course is to provide the students with a thorough understanding of organisations and of the managerial and strategic implications of the environmental and social challenges facing businesses operating on international markets. The course will explain various management philosophies and tools that firms can apply in order to measure, assess, and communicate environmentally and socially responsible performance. Some of the tools included are: Environmental Management Systems, Life Cycle Assessment, Carbon Footprinting and Eco-design.
  • Theories of Science and Research Design The course module gives you an understanding of the different theories of science, and how they are connected to the choice of research design. It will make you capable of assessing and communicating choice of and background for research design.
Semester 2
  • Current Topics in Sustainability Research II The course module on Current Topics in Research on Sustainable Development aims at providing students with broad knowledge on current research and practice in regards to sustainable development.
  • Sustainability by Design The course provides knowledge about how different tools can be used to analyse and solve design-, planning- and policy-related problems and promote sustainable development. The course will focus both on the use of the tools as well as on critical analysis of their use and context.
  • Politics, Planning and Governance The course is focussed on power, politics and policy as well as stakeholders, institutions and discourses in relation to decision-making processes. The lectures will be based on current research and aim for critical reflections on planning and decision-making processes.
Semester 3

This semester will provide you with an opportunity to apply the theoretical insight and the methodological knowledge obtained during the 1st and 2nd semesters to a real life situation in a Danish or international setting.

Students can choose an internship on the basis of their interests. During the internship, you participate in the activities of an organisation and collect information for the project report. The project report is expected to have both a theoretical and empirical part relating to the actual experience of the internship.

Besides choosing an internship, the semester also offers a possibility for stays at other universities or the possibility of having the 3rd semester forming an integral part of an extended thesis. The students may also choose to stay at Aalborg University through admission as a guest student at another programme.

Semester 4

In the final semester, the main focus is on the writing of the Master's thesis. Students work individually or in small groups, under the guidance of supervisory staff. The Master's thesis, being the highest level of work undertaken, should aim at synthesising theories and methods in order to perform a potential solution for real life environmental planning and management problems.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    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).

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    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

You can study as a guest student on the first and/or second term or a Master's student following the entire two-year degree programme.
Students seeking to enrol in the programme are required to have the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor of science degree in engineering, geography or natural sciences.
  • Documented working knowledge of written and spoken English (verified IELTS score report with a minimum score of 6.5, TOEFL (paper based) 550, TOEFL (computer based) 230, TOEFL (internet based): 80 or Cambridge ESOL: C1.

All applications are evaluated individually. Please see the FAQ for answers to many specific questions regarding admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12402 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12402 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5790 - 8150 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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