Energy and Environment: Processes, Efficiency, and Impacts

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)


In this course you will learn about the global energy system and how our human needs for energy affect the Earth and environment. You will review some fundamental ideas related to how we form and transform energy and apply these in the context of modern energy systems.  You will investigate the consequences of human energy production and the implications for global climate and sustainability. This includes the balance of energy and how different energy resources and utilizations contribute to the global picture.  

This course is aimed at you if you are interested in the how humans create, transform, and use energy and the global consequences of our energy appetites.   

The course is given as a series of lectures, problem solving sessions and a literature review project that includes written and presentation components. The course is designed to provide you with a solid background for carrying out independent project work and for finding work within the field or for pursuing further high-level studies.

Prerequisites and selection


Alt 1: The entrance requirements are at least pass degree in the Courses 'Naturresurshushållning' (ES1300), 'Miljövetenskapliga metoder och projekt' (ES1203) (or ES1202), 'Föroreningars spridning och effekter på biologiska system' (ES1305) (or ES1303 + ES1304) or the equivalent. Alt 2: At least pass degree in the courses Atmospheric Science (NGN160) and Global change - problem, analysis, measures (ES2613) (or FIM900) or the equivalent. Alt 3: At least 90 credits in natural science (biology, earth science, chemistry, environmental science - natural science or physics) or technology out of which at least 30 credits in environmental science - natural science. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

After graduation

The course can be part of the following programmes: 1) Environmental Science, Bachelor's programme 2) Atmosphere, Climate, Ecosystems, Master’s Programme (N2ACE), 3) Environmental sciences, Master’s Programme (N2MVN) and 4) Chemistry, Master’s Programme (N2KEM).

The course provides you with relevant background for applying for project work within environmental science as well as work within areas such as environmental and energy consulting.  


Lectures and laboratory exercises are given on the Johanneberg Campus and at Botanhuset.

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