Our society is facing environmental challenges that urgently need large-scale efforts. These challenges call for professionals with solid training to take on important roles in local, regional and global governmental offices, NGOs, media, the private sector, schools and research communities around the world.

The ES-ABC programme at Stockholm University gives students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the environmental science perspective on current major environmental challenges such as air and water pollution, and climate change, as well as help prepare them to contribute potential solutions.

The environmental science perspective recognizes that the large-scale natural elemental cycles (e.g., the global carbon cycle, which includes exchange with atmospheric CO2, CH4 and black carbon/soot aerosols) is intertwined with human emissions of other pollutants such as greenhouse gases and aerosols as well as other perturbations such as land-use change. These combine to produce anthropogenic effects ranging from climate change to degradation of air and water quality. These in turn, may produce feedbacks and thus affect how the Earth system works (e.g., change the carbon cycle and nutrient dynamics, cause eutrophication and lake/ocean acidification). Students in the Stockholm University M.Sc. program in Environmental Science – Atmosphere-Biogeochemistry – Climate Change will become familiar with these complexities and equipped to contribute to solutions to “wicked” 21st century problems.

What you will learn

In this programme, students learn about the composition and function of atmospheric and land systems as well as the interaction between them through transport, energy balances, and the water – and carbon cycles (among others).

A central component of the programme is understanding how natural systems become disturbed and what can be done about it. For example, what type of emissions act as pollutants in the air and water? What are the effects of greenhouse gases and aerosols? What is the evidence of man-made climate change and how does it affect humans and nature? How can societies adapt to climate change?

Teaching tools and career options

The programme employs a variety of learning tools, including lectures by renowned researchers in environmental and atmospheric science, individual- and group assignments, “reverse classrooms” (peer instructions under mentor guidance), laboratory experiments, modeling and simulations, field excursions, soil,- water, –  and air sampling, and current analytical methods. The ES-ABC programme will also introduce students to several relevant agencies and stakeholders dealing with environmental and climate issues in an effort to help them build professional networks.

The ES-ABC programme at Stockholm University prepares students for rewarding careers in environmental management and consulting, both in private and governmental sectors, as well as a successful research career anywhere in the world.

Programme structure

The basic structure of the Stockholm University Master Program in Environmental Science: Atmosphere-Biogeochemistry- Climate Change.

Year 1
HT Large-scale Challenges for the Environment and Climate (15 ECTS)
Atmosphere-Biogeosphere-Climate Change (15 ECTS)
VT Env. Biogeochemistry (7.5 ECTS) Air Quality (15 ECTS)
Env. Biogeochemistry Project (7.5 ECTS)
Biogeochemical Cycles (7.5 ECTS) Aerosols, Clouds and Climate (15 ECTS)
Env. Field Studies (7.5 ECTS)
Year 2
HT Thesis and/or Optional Courses (15-30 ECTS)
VT Thesis (30-60 ECTS)

Compulsory courses:
MI7014 Large-Scale Challenges for the Environment and Climate, 15 ECTS
MI7016 Atmosphere Biogeosphere and Climate Change, 15 ECTS

Elective courses:
MI7007 Air Quality Outdoors and Indoors, 15 ECTS
MI8017 Environmental Biogeochemistry, 7.5 ECTS
MI8018 Project in Environmental Biogeochemistry, 7.5 ECTS
MI 8002 Aerosols, Clouds and Climate, 15 ECTS
MO7013 Biogeochemical Cycles, 7.5 ECTS
MI8021 Environmental Field Studies, 7.5 ECTS

Optional courses (a starting list of additional relevant courses)
MI4004 Aerosol Physics, 7.5 ECTS
MI4005 Aerosol Chemistry, 7.5 ECTS
MI2006 Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions, 7.5 ECTS
MI8020 Environmental Risk Management, 7.5 ECTS
MI7018 Organic Contaminant Partitioning, 7.5 ECTS
MO7014 Biogeochemical Cycles including Project, 15 ECTS
GE7077 Climate Model Simulations, 7.5 ECTS
GE7051 Permafrost – Interactions with Ecosystems and Hydrology, 7.5 ECTS
BL7028 Social-Ecological Systems: Challenges and Approaches, 15 ECTS
BL8049 Systems Theory and Resilience Thinking, 15 ECTS
GE7069 Traffic and Environment, 15 ECTS
GE7071 Case Studies of Environmental Impact Assessments, 15 ECTS
MO8008 Remote sensing in atmospheric science and oceanography, 7.5 ECTS
MI7017 Environmental Organic Chemistry and Modeling, 15 ECTS
MI7020 Environmental Degradation of contaminant, 7.5 ECTS
GE7072 Climate and Landscape, 15 ECTS
MO8011 Cloud Micro- and Macrophysics, 7.5 ECTS
MO8001 Meteorology I, 15 ECTS
MO8002, Meteorology II, 7.5 ECTS (50%)
GG8021 Climate change throughout earth´s history, 15 ECST


  • 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).

This programme is taught in English.

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