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EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science

DECISION

Programme code:
NM025

Date:
2010-10-20

Decision by:
Utbildningsnämnden

Revised by:
2017-10-11


Utbildningsnämnden

SLU Id:
SLU ua 2017.3.1.1-3795

Applies to students admitted in
1.    Autumn 2011 
2.    Autumn 2012 
3.    Autumn 2013 
4.    Autumn 2018 -   Visas nedan 

Board responsible:
Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)


PRIOR KNOWLEDGE AND OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science requires a first-cycle qualification comprising 180 credits and including specialised studies in natural sciences i.e. biology, agricultural science, forest science, geology, environmental science or another natural science discipline.

Applicants with equivalent qualifications obtained by means of a degree from another country, or with equivalent knowledge obtained in some other way, may also be regarded as fulfilling the specific entry requirements.

This programme is taught in English. The applicants must further document their English language proficiency. For more detailed information please see https://enveuro.eu/application-and-study-office/requirements-for-admission/ .
Specific requirements apply for admission to the individual courses included in the programme.

The programme at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (when this is the home university) has three different tracks: Water Resources, Soil Resources and Land Use and Environmental Management, where the constituent courses have differing specific entry requirements. A student who fulfils the specific entry requirements for the programme does not necessarily fulfil the entry requirements for all tracks. Further tracks are offered at the other universities within EnvEuro, where students study during year two.

To be admitted to the EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science, the student has to apply for and be accepted to the programme both via the SLU application system and through the EnvEuro Consortium.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

Objectives for a Degree in XX
In accordance with the annex to the Ordinance for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, for a degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall:

Knowledge and understanding
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
- demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.

Competence and skills
- demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
- demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
- demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
- demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.

Judgement and approach
- demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
- demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
- demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

DEGREE

Degree awarded on completion of the programme
Upon completion of the programme, the degree of Master of Science is awarded. Other general qualifications may be awarded, provided that the requirements for them are fulfilled. More information can be found in SLU´s degree regulations.

Students who fulfil the qualification requirements for a degree will be issued a degree certificate upon request. The degree certificate will specify the qualification as Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a Major in Environmental Science.

In addition to a degree from SLU, the student may apply for a degree (double degree) from one of the other participating universities.

Degree requirements
A degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in environmental science is awarded to students who fulfil the course requirements (courses with a Pass grade) of 120 credits, of which at least 90 credits at second-cycle level, according to the following:
- at least 30 credits of courses with specialised study in the main field environmental science (A1N; A1F),
- at least 30 credits from an independent project (degree project) in the main field environmental science (A2E).

In addition, the student must hold a degree of Bachelor or professional qualification of at least 180 credits or an equivalent qualification.

Requirements for a double degree: To earn a degree from the EnvEuro consortium the following requirements must also be fulfilled:
- pass on the course Environmental Management in Europe, distance course, 15 credits
- at least 30 credits of elective courses according to an approved study plan
- at least 30 credits of courses at one of the other ELLS-universities
- successfully completed an independent project within environmental science according to an approved study plan and instructions from the EnvEuro consortium.

CONTENT AND OUTLINE

Programme description
The aim of the programme is to make students, following completion of their studies, well prepared to work on environmental and natural resource issues linked to one or several of the areas soil, water and biodiversity, based on knowledge about European ecosystems and management of environmental issues in Europe. The programme offers various opportunities for specialisation, both to students interested in management and policy issues and to students interested in deepening their knowledge in the direction of natural sciences, through the three specialisations Water Resources, Soil Resources and Land Use and Environmental Management.

The programme is offered in cooperation with four partner universities:
- UCPH - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- UHOH - University of Hohenheim, Germany
- SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Sweden
- BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Science, Vienna, Austria

The programme is divided into four semesters, each corresponding to 30 credits, of which the first semester is the "basic semester package" (BSP). Semesters two and three are "advanced semester packages" (ASPs), and the final semester consists of an independent project (degree project). As part of the programme, all students study at two of the partner universities. The first year is at the home university, in this case SLU, and the second year at one of the other universities, the so-called host university.


Basic semester package (BSP)
The purpose of the basic semester package is to provide the students with a common base for and background to the courses in the advanced semester package, and to introduce and practis concepts, theories and tools that recur later on in the programme. The introductory course (EME) consists of one week when students and teachers meet up, but is thereafter mainly carried out at as distance learning. The purpose of the introductory course is to introduce the students to European circumstances in relation to natural resources and environments, including environmental legislation, environmental monitoring and policy issues, among other subjects. The remainder of the BSP consists of courses at SLU.

Advanced semester package (ASP)
Ahead of semesters two and three, students select their ASP and specialisation. At SLU, there is the opportunity to choose between three different specialisations: Water Resources, Soil Resources and Land Use, and Environmental Management. Provided that the student fulfils the entry requirements for the individual courses, there is no limit to how a student can combine the two different ASPs. The student can choose two ASPs within the same specialisation, or within two different specialisations.

Independent project (degree project)
The studies conclude with an independent project (degree project), where the student can implement their knowledge, abilities and approach to a current issue within the subject area of the programme. The work is carried out at the host university, but with a supervisor from SLU as well.

Studies at SLU
Scientific approaches and scientific methods are practiced through the use of SLU´s broad research in lectures, seminars, field exercises and laboratories as well as through supervision. The students’ training in generic skills is an integral part of subject courses and the independent project. The ability to communicate orally and in writing is practised and developed in various ways throughout the programme, in dialogue with different groups within and outside SLU. The ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge is developed through work on complex issues, with particular focus on environmental and natural resource issues from a European perspective.

Courses in the programme
Main fields of study
MV = Soil Science, MX = Environmental science, BI = Biology, TE = Technique/Technology, LU = Rural development, LB = Agricultural science

Specialisation: Environmental Management
Year 1
Environmental Management in Europe, 15 credits MX, A1N
Environmental assessment, 15 credits MX/MV, A1N
Conflict, democracy and facilitation, 15 credits MX, A1N
Communication theory and strategy, 15 credits MX, A1F
Rurality, livelihood and gender, 15 credits LU/MX, A1N
Introduction to environmental communication – society, social interactions and communicative skills, 15 credits MX, A1N
Governance of natural resources, 15 credits LU, A1N
Land use and watershed management to reduce eutrophication, 7.5 MV/MX, A1N
Geographic information systems for environmental and natural science studies, 7.5 credits TE/TN, A1N
Sustainable technologies for agriculture in low- and medium income countries, 7.5 credits TE/MX, A1N
Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation, 15 credits BI/MX, A1N
Principles of Fisheries Science, 15 credits BI/MX, A1N

Year 2
Introduction to environmental communication – society, social interactions and communicative skills, 15 credits MX, A1N
The Context and Process of Research I: Theories and Methods LU/MX, A1N
The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods LU/MX, A1F
Governance of natural resources, 15 credits LU, A1N
Field course in collaboration and learning in natural resource management, 15 credits MX, A1F
The Process of Research: Qualitative Methods, Data Analysis and Academic Writing, 15 credits LU/MX, A1F
Soils of the world and sustainable water and soil management, 15 credits MV/TE, A1N
Safe nutrient recycling, 7.5 credits MX/BI, A1N
Land use and watershed management to reduce eutrophication, 7.5 MV/MX, A1N
Geographic information systems for environmental and natural science studies, 7.5 credits TE/TN, A1N
Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation, 15 credits BI/MX, A1N
Principles of Fisheries Science, 15 credits BI/MX, A1N
Independent Project in Environmental Science, 30 credits MX, A2E

Specialisation: Soil resources and land use
Year 1
Environmental Management in Europe, 15 credits MX, A1N
Soil biology and biogeochemical cycles, 15 credits MV/BI, A1N
Environmental assessment, 15 credits MX/MV, A1N
Soil water processes in agroecosystems, 15 credits MV/MX, A1N
Environmental geochemistry, 15 credits MV/MX, A1N
Land use and watershed management to reduce eutrophication, 7.5 MV/MX, A1N
Geographic information systems for environmental and natural science studies, 7.5 credits TE/TN, A1N
Sustainable technologies for agriculture in low- and medium income countries, 7.5 credits TE/MX, A1N
Agricultural cropping systems, 7.5 credits BI/LB, A1N

Year 2
Research internship MV/MX, A1F
Soil water processes in agroecosystems, 15 credits MV/MX, A1N
Soils of the world and sustainable water and soil management, 15 credits MV/TE, A1N
Environmental geochemistry, 15 credits MV/MX, A1N
Safe nutrient recycling, 7.5 credits MX/BI, A1N
Land use and watershed management to reduce eutrophication, 7.5 MV/MX, A1N
Geographic information systems for environmental and natural science studies, 7.5 credits TE/TN, A1N
Agricultural cropping systems, 7.5 credits BI/LB, A1N
Independent Project in Environmental Science, 30 credits MX, A2E

Specialisation: Water resources
Year 1
Environmental Management in Europe, 15 credits MX, A1N
Soil biology and biogeochemical cycles, 15 credits MV/BI, A1N
Environmental assessment, 15 credits MX/MV, A1N
Soil water processes in agroecosystems, 15 credits MV/MX, A1N
Environmental geochemistry, 15 credits MV/MX, A1N
Land use and watershed management to reduce eutrophication, 7.5 MV/MX, A1N
Geographic information systems for environmental and natural science studies, 7.5 credits TE/TN, A1N
Sustainable technologies for agriculture in low- and medium income countries, 7.5 credits TE/MX, A1N
Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation, 15 credits BI/MX, A1N
Principles of Fisheries Science, 15 credits BI/MX, A1N

Year 2
Research internship MV/MX, A1F
Soil water processes in agroecosystems, 15 credits MV/MX, A1N
Soils of the world and sustainable water and soil management, 15 credits MV/TE, A1N
Environmental geochemistry, 15 credits MV/MX, A1N
Safe nutrient recycling, 7.5 credits MX/BI, A1N
Land use and watershed management to reduce eutrophication, 7.5 MV/MX, A1N
Geographic information systems for environmental and natural science studies, 7.5 credits TE/TN, A1N
Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation, 15 credits BI/MX, A1N
Principles of Fisheries Science, 15 credits BI/MX, A1N
Independent Project in Environmental Science, 30 credits MX, A2E

The courses offered may change during the course of the programme. Decisions on the courses offered are taken well in advance of the next academic year.

For each course, there is a course syllabus providing more detailed course information. Information on when courses are offered is available on the SLU student web.

Possibilities for further studies
Students who complete the programme and are awarded a degree of Master have the option to continue their studies at doctoral level.