Examination Course in Environmental Science

Master’s level
60 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 124 000 SEK
First payment: 62 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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In this education, we address issues related to sustainability. The content of the course or program fits into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance, and a guarantee that courses or programs contain a pronounced sustainability perspective.


The degree course gives you in-depth knowledge of environmental science in a specific topic that you have chosen together with your supervisor. The course prepare you for PhD education in environmental science as well as for work outside the academia. Special emphasis is placed on training in planning, implementing, analysing and reporting your own work. All this, gives you important knowledge for your coming working life.


During the Examination course, you do an independent work under the guidance of an appointed supervisor. During the course, you get both general guidance together with your classmates during seminars lead by the course leader(s) and individual supervision relating to your own work by your supervisor. You present your thesis, both as a written report and orally at a seminar. The examination is based on participation in the seminar series, the report and the final seminar.  
You carry out the work in the project at a department at the Faculty of Science within the subject area or externally at another university, company, institute, organisation or authority.

You exercise your ability to make environmental scientific assessments with regard to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects. You will also receive training in comprehensively analyzing and interpreting complex problems and issues.
The degree course gives you the opportunity to show your ability to independently perform a project and to present and defend the results for classmates and teachers both in writing and orally.
You can also choose to perform graduate work in environmental science with emphasis in one of the following areas:
- Earth Sciences (ES2514), 60 hec
- Chemistry (ES2515), 60 hec
For the courses with special emphasis, please contact the student counsellor in environmental science for the notification and additional information.
The final report from the work can be written either in Swedish or English, with a summary in both languages according to the instructions given. However all seminars and oral presentations are given in English (unless all participants are fluid in the Swedish language).

Prerequisites and selection


A Bachelor of Science (biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science-natural science, physics) or equivalent, and at least 30 credits within environmental science-natural science out of which at least 15 credits are at advanced level. 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.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.


The teaching is mainly conducted at the Botanical house (Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B), the Department of Biological and Environmental Science or at another department within the subject area.