Master's Programme (60 credits) in Applied Environmental Science

60 credits

This programme is for students who wants to raise their skills and abilities and prepare for working on solutions for the challenging environmental issues of today and thereby participating in the process of making a better future for both humans and the environment. 

About the education

The studies focus on sustainable management of natural resources, with special emphasis on conservation, water management and environmental health assessment. The courses address future environmental challenges from different perspectives where ecological and environmental knowledge and green innovations are the tools towards a sustainable future.

A central issue is how scientific results can be applied to solve environmental problems by forming management procedures combating the adverse effects of human disturbances such as climate change, chemical pollution and eutrophication. Thus, scientific knowledge and applications will lead to a better environment in the future, locally and globally.

During the year, you will gain insight in environmental management projects with examples from all over the world. Courses include both theoretical and practical tasks and many subjects are thoroughly discussed during series of seminars including ongoing research projects lead by senior researchers within Environmental Science. You are expected to devote a large part of your time to working on case studies, individually or in small groups.

Finally, you will carry out your Master’s thesis which will comprise of 15 ECTS credits. It may be performed within a research project at Halmstad University. It can consist of an extensive literature study analysing in depth a subject or answer a question related to an environmental issue. This can be an environmental issue of specific importance e.g. in your home country.

Information on entry requirements can be found in the fact box for each semester – click on the plus sign to expand the box.

Programme content

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Semester 1

Ecology and Water: Applications and Innovations 7.5 credits

Environment and Health: Risk Assessment and Management 7.5 credits

Scientic Methods oriented towards Natural Sciences 7.5 credits

Research Methods in Ecology and Environmental Science 7.5 credits

Semester 2

Master’s Thesis within Environmental Science 15 credits

Elective courses:

Environmental Challenges and Green Innovation 7.5 credits

Sustainable Water Resources Management 7.5 credits

Practical Training in Applied Environmental Science 7.5 credits

Autumn 2019 (Campus based, Halmstad, 100%)
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Advanced level

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Entry requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Biology with orientation towards nature conservation, Natural Sciences with orientation towards environmental issues, or the equivalent, at an accredited university. Degrees from other countries than Sweden must be at the same level as a Swedish Bachelor’s degree. Applicants must also have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course B (Swedish Upper-Secondary School). This can be proved by grades from English education or by such tests as:

  • IELTS: score (Academic) of 6.5 or more (with none of the sections scoring less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL paper based: score of 4.5 in written test and a total score of 575
  • TOEFL internet-based: score of 20 in written test and a total score of 90

Selection rules:

Available for students within Study Abroad agreements.

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Language of instruction:

Teaching is in English.