Global change - problem, analysis, measures

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 16 000 SEK
First payment: 16 000 SEK

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

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Scientific environmental knowledge is the foundation for promoting ecological, social, and economic sustainability and is at the core of today’s crucial global change issues. Society is in critical need of environmental scientists that are well-founded in natural science, but at the same time have a good understanding of the societal context for working with environmental issues. It is the goal of this course to provide both and to prepare you for working towards a sustainable future as an environmental expert.


On this course you will study the scientific basis of global environmental problems such as climate change and air pollution, but also the opportunities human society has to tackle these challenges. You will gain knowledge and competence regarding different aspects of environmental problems and how those aspects interact. As indicated by the course name “Global change – problem, analysis, measures”, global change issues will be studied from three perspectives:

  • Deepening the scientific knowledge of the causes and nature of different types of anthropogenic impacts and environmental problems.
  • Analysing environmental problems from many different perspectives, such as temporal trends, severity, geographical extent, and economic aspects.
  • Studying many different types of mitigation possibilities, such as new technology solutions, company strategies, design and implementation of international agreements and policy making.

The course attracts students from many different parts of the world, providing opportunities for valuable exchange of ideas and perspectives and enriching your network in the environmental field. You will be taught by experienced researchers with whom you will interact in lecturers, seminars and different types of exercises.

Prerequisites and selection

Entry requirements

One of the following: 1) 120 credits out of which at least 90 credits are in natural science (biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science-natural science, physics) or technology, and at least 15 credits in environmental science-natural science. Students with equivalent education can be allowed to enter the course. 2) Bachelor's degree in biology. All participants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/ English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School  or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized tests, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


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


Teaching is conducted in the Natrium building, on Medicinareberget in Gothenburg (Medicinaregatan 7B).