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The environmental science master program embraces the past, present and future and has the ambition to cross both academic and national boundaries. The program is interdisciplinary with a strong base in natural sciences, but with significant elements of technology and social sciences.
Environmental science is a young science that deals with human impacts on nature, on the cultural heritage, and on our health. Environmental science studies the threats to the common future on Earth, but also the opportunities that these challenges create.
The idea of this program is a threefold entity:
The students thus gain knowledge and competence regarding all aspects of an environmental problem (causes, emissions, impacts, effects and measures), and how those aspects interact. Another description is that the program, in a balanced manner, includes 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 program prepares the students for a career as an environmental expert in both business and public sectors as well as a career as Ph.D. student in Environmental science, to some extent depending on the student s choice of non-mandatory courses.
The program begins by a set of two common 7.5 hec courses, Global change - problem, analysis, measures , and Resource efficiency - energy, material flows and ecosystem services, which are mandatory.
Then, each student deepens his/her competence in fundamental environmental science by choosing one or two advanced courses (15-30 hec) in environmental science, depending on the background, e.g. Atmospheric Chemistry, Energy and Environment, Global Change Biology and Chemical Risk Assessment.
After that, comes a set of applied environmental science courses (30-45 hec), typically presenting tools, e.g. Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Economics (including policy instruments).
In the end of the program, the students are gathered in two mandatory courses, Advanced Environmental Methodology (15 hec) and the final Examination course (30 hec).Alternatively, the student may choose to take the Advanced Environmental Methodology course already during the first year in order to take a 60 hec Examination course during the entire second year.
A chance to fund your studies
The University of Gothenburg is 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.
There are a number of opportunities to get a scholarship if you apply to the University of Gothenburg. If you are obliged to pay tuition fees in Sweden, you can apply for our scholarship that cover from half, to all of your tuition fees for the entire study programme.
There are also scholarship programmes available at bachelor's, master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels, which are administered by the Swedish Institute. The scholarship programmes target highly qualified students from certain countries.