There is a need for professionals that have a holistic understanding of the connections in nature, who have a solid competence to evaluate the cause and extent of different human interference and who can evaluate which efforts should be carried out from a natural science background. The programme offers specialisation in five central areas of high relevance within natural environment (four specialisation in Norwegian and one i English: 1) Environmental pollutants and ecotoxins, 2) Soil and environment, 3)Limnology and water resources 4)Geology 5) Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development. Graduates will have a management competence that can contribute to 1) preservation, 2) Restoration/reparation and 3) use of environmental goods and natural resources in the best possible way (sustainability).Engelsk:The Master’s degree qualifies for jobs in the environmental departments of municipalities, counties and the central government, or for jobs in different consulting firms and institutes that develop practical solutions for both local and global environmental problems. The Master’s degree will also provide a basis for self-employment. The Master’s degree qualifies graduates to apply for Ph.D. programmes within fields of environment and natural resources and qualifies graduates for research positions.Admission requirements
Internationalisation, studies abroad and exhange agreements
The study programme will work towards a broad international profile, tied to contacts in relevant teaching institutions abroad. In the different courses of the study programme, international examples are utilised.Students have a large degree of flexibility regarding the possibility to study abroad. Exchanges are possible with institutions such as KVL Copenhagen (DK), SLU in Uppsala (S), University of Wageningen (NL),and University of Nebraska, USA, Lincoln University, New Zealand and UNIS Svalbard,
Many of the 300-courses which are relevant for the master can be taught in English at request.Related studies
A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in competence, knowledge and skills: Knowledge: View a comprehensive understanding of biogeochemical processes related to terrestrial and aquatic environments. Display a thorough knowledge about the interaction of nature with special emphasis on pollution and climate change. Skills: Applying their knowledge to contribute to: 1) preserve, 2) restoring, 3) stabilize, 4) use of environment and natural resources in the best possible (sustainable) way in one of these specialty areas: Pollutants and Ecotoxicology, Soil and Environment, Limnology and water resources, geology and Cardiovascular Technology Conducting interdisciplinary analysis of problems and solutions related to environment and sustainable development in collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines. Analyze and understand the methods and theories related to the environment, climate change, natural resources and land use. Be able to analyze technical issues on the basis of the history, traditions, character and community needs. Analyzing, structuring and think critically about information sources and scientific literature in the field. Can carry a limited project in an independent manner in accordance with ethical standards. General competencies: Control own learning related to the study, and show independence in carrying out practical and theoretical problem. To be able to apply their professional knowledge and skills in new areas to conduct independent projects. Mastering communication, team work and cooperation in the international academic community andTo a discussion with specialists and the general public Should be able to engage in public debate and still have respect and humility for the opinions of others. Conduct an independent and limited research under the guidance and thoughtful ethical stance on global imbalances with respect to the use of nature. Communicate more independent work in academic forums. Should know the Norwegian and English term within the field.
The study programme contains four specialisations (four in Norwegian and one in English): 1) Environmental pollutants and ecotoxicology, 2) Soil and environment, 3) Limnology and water resources 4), Geology, 5) Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development. For all specialisations, 30 credits on 300-level and an compulsary Master\'s degree thesis of 30 or 60 credits must be completed. The Master\'s degree programme contains the following obligatory courses within the different specialisations: Specialisation Environmental pollutants and ecotoxicology: Environmental pollutants and ecotoxicological effects (15 credits) and environment and resource techniques (5 credits). Specialisation Soil and environment: Advanced Hydrogeology (10 credits) and Global and local pollution (10 credits). Specialisation Limnology and water resources: Water pollution (20 credits, 300 level) and limnology methods (5 credits, 200 level). Specialisation Geology: Paleoenvironment and climate change (10 credits, 300 level) and excursion (5 credits, 300 level).Specialisation Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development: Ecotecnology Basics (200 level 10credits), Hydrogeologi (200 level - 5 cr), Health, Environment and Development (200-level - 10 cr), Advanced Hydrogeology (10cr), Ecological and Conventional systems for Treatment of Water (15 cr) and choose minimum one of: Treatment of Water and Sewage (200-level - 10cr), On-site Wastewater treatment - planning, design and impact assessment (200 level 10 cr)and Sustainable sanitation -decentralized, natural and ecological wastewater treatment. For the studyprogram courses up to 10 credits at 100-level can be included, those courses are: STAT100, JORD101 and GEO100.