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Masters Degree Thesis in Environmental Science, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Examensarbete i miljövetenskap, för magisterexamen

This syllabus is valid: 2020-01-06 and until further notice

Course code: 5MH140

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Environmental Science: Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2020-02-12


During the course, the students carry out and report on a scientific study of the subject by applying the knowledge and skills acquired during the studies. This takes place in forms similar to the future professional role. The course also includes reviewing and commenting on similar work.

Section 1, Project description according to instructions, 1 credit
Section 2, Execution and seminar, 14 credits

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course for the grade Passed the student should be able to:
1 use their knowledge and skills to solve issues in the subject area
2 apply a scientific approach
3 plan and perform a scientific study in the main field.
4 present in writing and orally and defend a scientific study in the main field
5 critically review and comment on a corresponding work
6 in consultation with the supervisor, choose a relevant method (s) based on the current question
7 describe and analyze central theories and results within the chosen subject area
8 be able to perform a work whose workscope corresponds to the scope of the course

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
1 plan, execute and report on a project within the specified time.
2 independently obtain new knowledge to solve the task
3 independently choose a relevant method (s) based on the current question
4 present in writing and orally a scientific study with logical and communicative precision
5 constructively discuss one's own work
6 constructively oppose the other work

Required Knowledge

University: The course Transition towards a sustainable society, 15 credits and a bachelor degree thesis in environmental science, environmental and health protection, earth science / natural geography or biology. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

The thesis is carried out under supervision. The course structure is planned jointly by students, supervisors and course coordinator. The planning of the thesis must be approved by the course coordinator prior to the start. The thesis can be planned to be conducted in several sub-periods, but the total time should correspond to the time of a conventional course with the same number of credits. A supervisor for the thesis is normally appointed at an academic institution. For theses that are made outside the university will also be appointed a mentor / contact person in the workplace. The thesis is presented in a written report and presented and defended at a seminar. The student will also carry out a reveiw on a similar work. Student works individually.

Supervision is received during the period / periods of the approved work plan and to an extent according to departmental evaluation rules for theses.

Examination modes

Examination is caried out on the independent work as documented in a written report in accordance with the formalities relating to EMG's series theses. The examination also includes the report be defended at a seminar, and the reveiw on the other report. The course is graded Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG). For the grade Pass, the student must fulfill all expected study outcomes for the grade Pass. For the grade Pass with Distinction, the student must also fulfill all expected study outcome for the grade Pass with Distinction. Students who fail the examination have the right to resit them to pass (HF Chap. 6 § 22), and the student who twice failed an examination, have the right to the head of department of Ecology and Environmental Science to request a different teacher be appointed to determine the grade. Those who pass the tests can not resit the higher grades. To pass the course requires that all examinations and compulsory modules are approved. The grade is an overall assessment of the results of examinations of different parts and given when all compulsory parts are approved.

Departures from the form of examination can be made for a student who has a decision for educational support due to a disability. Individual adaptation of the examination form must be considered based on the student's needs. The form of examination is adapted within the framework of the syllabus's expected study results. At the request of the student, the teacher responsible for the course, in consultation with the examiner, must quickly decide on a suitable examination form. The decision must then be notified to the student.

Students have the right to have their previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in the profession tested whether it can be credited for the corresponding course at Umeå University. Application for credit is submitted to the Student Centre / Examinations. For more information on credit transfer available on Umeå University's student web,, and the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal of accreditation may be appealed against (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 12) to the University Appeals Board. This applies to the whole as well as part of the application if accreditation is refused.

Other regulations

In the event that the course plan ceases to apply or undergoes major changes, students are guaranteed at least three exam opportunities (including regular examinations) according to the rules in the syllabus that the student was originally registered for, for a maximum of two years from the date of expiry of the previous course plan or the course ceased being offered.


Valid from: 2020 week 1