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Master of Science Programme in Environmental Sciences

  • Number of credits 60 Credits
  • Study time 1 year (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Spring Term 2021

The one-year Master's Programme in Environmental Sciences aims to develop your competence in working with environmental issues. You will study environmental issues from a scientific perspective – analysing causes, relationships and possible solutions to environmental problems. Sustainable development is a core theme within the programme, which will help you prepare  for your future career, whether you aim to work at a government agency or in the private sector.

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Sustainable development is a core theme in the Master's programme in Environmental Sciences.

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The master's programme in environmental science addresses current societal problems that are connected to global environmental and health issues. The transition to a more sustainable society is a major challenge, requiring joint efforts by universities, society and the private sector. The challenge is complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach.

The programme begins with a course focusing on the complex issues related to land use, where different interests such as natural resource management, land claims and ecological compensation are discussed. In order to achieve reality-related conditions, we use so called challenge-based pedagogy, where students develop innovative solutions for complex sustainability challenges in project form in collaboration with the public and industrial sectors.

Specialise or broaden your skills

Following the first course, you then choose between a variety of courses in the fields of environmental science, biology and geoscience, such as Freshwater management and Analyses of environmental changes. The teaching in our courses consists of lectures, seminars, group exercises, laboratory exercises and field exercises. You also have the opportunity to read up to 15 higher education credits where you broaden your education with courses in other subject areas.

You can also choose to do an internship, which can take place either in the public or private sectors. You finish the program with a degree project, which is usually conducted in cooperation with an authority or company.

Think globally, solve problems locally

An important part of the programme is to work with different forms of environmental problem solving. Important starting points include risk analysis, and analysis of the consequences of environmental changes. This includes work on adaptations to climate change and the transition to a sustainable future. The final degree project provides further opportunities for deepened problem solving in any part of the environment.

Programme overview

Autumn term
Transition towards a sustainable society, 15.0 hp.
Elective courses.

Spring term
Elective course.
Master's Degree thesis in Environmental Science, 15 credits

Examples of eligible courses:
Freshwater management (5BI222) 15 credits
Analyses of environmental changes (5MH091) 15 credits
Internship in Environmental Health (5MH064) 15 credits

Career opportunities

Many of our students work with national or global environmental and public health issues, often with elements of planning, coordination, investigation or supervision. The education gives you good opportunities to compete for jobs in, for example, the public sector or as a consultant in the industrial sector.

Examples of professions:
• Environmental Coordinator
• Sustainability coach
• Environmental Strategist
• Work Environment Engineer
• Environmental Consultant
• Environmental Manager
• Environmental Management Officer

Application and eligibility

Master of Science Programme in Environmental Sciences, 60 hp

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International admission round

Programme starts

Spring Term 2021

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognised university. Specific entry requirements are: 90 ECTS credits including a thesis work in environmental science, environmental health, earth sciences or biology. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M5061

Application

Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 17 August 2020.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK71,400

Total fee

SEK142,800

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Spring Term 2021

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognised university. Specific entry requirements are: 90 ECTS credits including a thesis work in environmental science, environmental health, earth sciences or biology. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-P5061

Application

The online application opens 15 September 2020 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 15 October 2020.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK71,400

Total fee

SEK142,800

Contact us

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Contact person for the programme is:
Tom Korsman