Environmental Sciences

University of Gothenburg

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
11910 EUR/year
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As a student of the Environmental Sciences programme of the University of Gothenburg, you will gain in-depth knowledge and competence regarding all aspects of environmental problems (causes, emissions, impacts, and mitigation measures), and how those aspects interact. You will be prepared to work as an environmental expert, working towards a sustainable future.



Scientific environmental knowledge is the foundation of ecological, social, and economic sustainability and is at the core of today’s crucial issues of climate change, air and ocean pollution, biodiversity loss, and poverty reduction. Society is in critical need of environmental scientists that are well-founded in natural science, but at the same time have a good understanding of the societal context for working with environmental issues. It is the goal of our programme to provide both.

An interdisciplinary exploration of environmental issues

Environmental science is a young field dealing with the human impact on nature, cultural heritage, and human health. The Environmental Sciences programme of the University of Gothenburg deals with environmental problems at different spatial (local to global) and temporal (the past, present, and future) scales and has the ambition to cross both academic and national boundaries. It is interdisciplinary, with a strong basis in natural sciences but with significant elements of technology and social sciences. Our strategy is to study environmental issues from three perspectives: 

  • Deepening the knowledge of the causes and nature of different types of anthropogenic impacts and environmental problems.
  • Analysing environmental problems from many different perspectives, such as temporal trends, severity, geographical extent, and economic aspects.
  • Studying many different types of mitigation possibilities, such as new technology solutions, design and implementation of international agreements, company strategies, and policy making.

Create your own specialized profile

Our programme offers freedom to choose your own specialization, with only two semesters of mandatory courses (including the thesis project). Several departments at the Faculty of Science offer courses on different environmental aspects (see some examples below). You may also choose elective courses from other faculties, for example Environmental Economics and Adaptation to Global Environmental Change. Internship projects are integral parts of some courses, where you will have opportunities to work with companies and authorities. An additional opportunity is to take part in an international exchange for one semester. We have established links and exchange programmes with several prominent universities abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Energy and Environment 
  • Plant Ecophysiology in a Global Change Perspective 
  • Chemical Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Management Systems 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 
  • Environmental Economics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor of Science (environmental science - natural science, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics), or equivalent from a university including at least 15 credits in Environmental science - natural science
  • These prerequisites can be waived if an applicant has verifiable equivalent knowledge/skills, for example for students with a Bachelor degree in geography - natural science
  • Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS
  • Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11910 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23820 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 242,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.


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