Two complementary Master programmes in Environmental Science will start this fall at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES).
Society faces many daunting environmental challenges. Global climate change, water and air pollution and loss of biodiversity are a few of many environmental changes that society need to tackle. Trying to understand and solve these problems are central and important tasks for environmental scientists.
To meet the growing demand for highly qualified environmental scientists, ACES is starting two new Master programmes in Environmental Science: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ES-ETC) and Atmosphere-Biogeochemistry-Climate (ES-ABC).
“Our new programmes will give students a robust and in-depth education in physical sciences, while also fortifying them with knowledge about the societal aspects of environmental problems that will be central to their ability to contribute efficiently to their management and solutions. Our ambition is that these programmes will provide our students with important scientific knowledge and a large toolkit for solving environmental problems based on solid science,” states Professor Magnus Breitholtz, head of ACES.
The programme focused on Atmosphere-Biogeochemistry-Climate will give students an environmental science perspective on the great societal challenges we face in securing air- and water quality and to tackle climate change. The students will be prepared to contribute to mitigate, manage and solve these large challenges to our society.
“The Program will prepare the environmental scientist of the 2020s to tackle the anthropogenic perturbations of the land, water, air and climate systems that constitutes some of the largest challenges to the sustainability of our societies,” says Professor Örjan Gustafsson, one of the instructors behind the new Master programme in ES-ABC.
The second programme, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, focuses on environmental contaminants. The students will learn how environmental factors and physical and chemical properties of contaminants affect their transport in air, water and soil, their fate in the environment and their bioaccumulation in food webs as well as the consequences of their being taken up in living organisms and interacting with important biomolecules.
“Students will learn to use new tools and methods within environmental chemistry and toxicology in an exciting new program with world-leading scientists as teachers,” says Professor Ian Cousins, one of the responsible teachers for the Master programme ES-ETC.
Environmental science is of world class at Stockholm University. Stockholm University was ranked third in a global list of universities for producing environmental science research of greatest impact (Times Higher Education) and fifth internationally within the area of Environmental Science and Technology based on research quality (Shanghai Ranking) in 2016.