Course description

This course is the common starting point for the two Master Programmes in Environmental Science. The course explores the composition and function of the environment, and how natural environmental systems are perturbed by anthropogenic disturbances.

The course consists of three course units:

  1. Global Challenges: This unit will give you an overview of global environmental challenges and the impact on the natural environmental system from society. You will become familiar with several basic concepts like biogeochemical cycles, the hydrological cycle, and large-scale energy balances. In addition, this unit introduces ethical and philosophical issues in human-environmental interactions.
  2. The Environmental System: This unit will give you an overview/review of the large-scale perturbations such as: contaminated water systems; air pollution; land use and land cover change and terrestrial ecosystems; climate change; contamination from synthetic chemicals; effects on ecosystems, organisms and human health. These perturbations will be evaluated from four perspectives: observed effects (problem description), sources, dispersion, and actions to be taken.
  3. Statistical methods: This unit will give you tools to evaluate environmental data

This course is compulsory in both Environmental Science master’s programs, but may also be taken as an separate course.


Preliminary schedule 2019

Course Litterature

Relevant littérature will be handed out

Special eligibility requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science or engineering, including 15 credits in mathematics or statistics. Proficiency in English is also required, corresponding to passing English in the Swedish upper secondary school course English B / English 6 (or equivalent).


Study counsellors

Environmental Science
Miljö- och hälsoskydd

Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry