Environment and Natural Resources - Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
Do you want to work with one of the most pressing environmental problems worldwide – water and sanitation? Do you want to find sustainable solutions that give lower climate footprint, increased food security and climate resilience? Environment and Natural Resources - Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development programme is offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).


What can you use this qualification for?

The United Nations targets access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for all by 2030. The EU water directive has increased the activity in the water sector. This generates a need for experts that can design sustainable solutions. Students find employment in national and international institutions, municipalities, consultant companies, and industry or can start their own business.

What will you learn?

The  Environment and Natural Resources - Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development programme, offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), explores sustainable solutions for poor and rich countries. Students are provided an overview of technical solutions and advantages and limitations of different water and sanitary systems, as well as socioeconomic factors of relevance for successful implementation. Furthermore, the program aims to build necessary competence to design and implement decentralized and small-scale solutions for water and sanitation, including natural and source separating systems for wastewater treatment

Short description

The first year provides an introduction to sustainable water and sanitation, health and development, soils and hydrogeology, as well as the initiating your thesis project. The second year is dedicated to technical design of systems, advanced courses in hydrogeology, water pollution, limnology and/or water treatment treatment and your MSc thesis. The program has focus on problem based learing and solving of cases from different parts of the world in group work. Local cases are utilized to give “hands-on”experience. 


Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Environmental Pollution and Ecotoxicology
  • Geology
  • Soil and Environment
  • Limnology and Water Resources
  • Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development
  • Introduction to Development Studies
  • Global Environmental Changes
  • Writing Seminar
  • Political Ecology
  • Environmental Exposures and Human Health
  • Soil: GIS and Dynamic Modelling
  • Chemical and Physical Soil Analysis
  • Hydrogeology - Field Course
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Program-specific admission requirements: Applicants should have an university bachelor degree equivalent to at least 180 ECTS.

The curricula should comprise basic courses in natural science (maths, statistic, biology, chemistry and physic) equivalent to at least 60 ETCS and advanced courses equivalent to at least 80 ECTS in the fields of geology, soil science, plant science, limnology, hydrology, environmental chemistry, radioecology, biology,ecology or natural resource management.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

There are no tuition fees at NMBU. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 10,000 per month in order to cover basic expenses.

Living costs for Ås

  • 9420 - 15000 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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