Master's Programme (60 credits) in Applied Environmental Science
As an environmental scientist, you can help solve humanity's major environmental challenges in the transition to a more sustainable future. The Master's programme in Applied Environmental Science prepares you to develop the useful interdisciplinary solutions needed to maintain nature's ecosystem services while society develops.
About the education
Innovative environments, methods and tools
The education at Halmstad University is characterised by our profiling as a university that drives innovation. You have access to state-of-the-art study environments, including the Bioanalysis Lab, which is part of the interdisciplinary Rydberg Core Laboratory (RCL).
In the Bioanalysis Lab, you can perform a wide range of biological and chemical analyses, including analysis of nutrient content in soils, tissues and water as well as gas composition and microscopy. The lab also contains an experimental wetland installation for testing wetland design and function as well as a biogas testing laboratory for assessing substrates for biogas production.
Courses and competencies in focus
The Master's programme in Applied Environmental Science is a unique educational programme with the focus on ecology, nature conservation, sustainable water resource management, ecosystem services and environmental risk assessment. An important part of the programme is how research results can be translated into practice and become green innovations and measures that counteract the effects of climate change and contribute to a sustainable future in both a local and a global perspective.
You gain valuable insights into environmental work that is being conducted all over the world. You can choose to focus on practical environmental work or research and you have the opportunity to put your skills to the test through practical tasks. In the concluding degree project, you can, among other things, get involved in research projects or work out a theoretical solution to a concrete environmental problem.
The programme is conducted in English.
During the second semester you can choose to include a placement period at a possible future workplace, instead of further theoretical study projects. The research or development-oriented degree project will then be done either in close collaboration with researchers at Halmstad University or in collaboration with an external organisation in business or public administration.
Bachelor’s degree (equivalent of 180 Swedish credit points/ECTS credits at an accredited university) in Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Biology with orientation towards nature conservation, Natural Sciences with orientation towards environmental issues. Degrees from other countries than Sweden must be at the same level as a Swedish Bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course 6 in Swedish Upper-Secondary School.
The courses listed below are included in the programme starting autumn 2020 and may be subject to change.
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All courses listed included in the programme main field Environmental Science.
- Ecology and Water: Applications and Innovations, 7.5 credits
- Environment and Health: Risk Assessment and Management, 7.5 credits
- Scientic Methods Oriented Towards Natural Sciences, 7.5 credits
- Research Methods in Ecology and Environmental Science, 7.5 credits
- Degree Project in Environmental Science, 15 credits
- Environmental Challenges and Green Innovation, 7.5 credits
- Sustainable Water Resources Management, 7.5 credits
- Practical Training in Applied Environmental Science, 7.5 credits
After the education
The programme leads to a Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Environmental Science.
Opportunities for further studies
After the programme, you are qualified to apply for doctoral or PhD studies.
The Master's programme in Applied Environmental Science gives you the opportunity to work on ecological and environmental issues as well as environmental and health protection in county councils, municipalities and other organisations. You can profile yourself so that your skills are particularly attractive to consultancy firms in the environmental protection sector.
The programme prepares you, among other things, to work with environmental development, or as an environmental coordinator at a company or a public authority.
Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Biology with orientation towards nature conservation, Natural Sciences with orientation towards environmental issues, or the equivalent, at an accredited university. Degrees from other countries than Sweden must be at the same level as a Swedish Bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course 6 in Swedish Upper-Secondary School.
Selection is made on the basis of the required educational background.
Language of instruction:
Teaching is in English.