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Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

Water with its numerous anomalies is the fundamental nutrient and ecosystem component for all living organisms. The aim of the MSc in Environmental Engineering is to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible water managers and engineers.

Facts
Duration

2 years/ 4 semesters

Number of study places

15 for local applicants 10 for international applicants

ECTS credits

120

Language of instruction

English

Study start

August every year

No tuition fees

This programme incorporates two specialisations:

Offshore Environmental Technology

Students that want to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry can choose the specialisation in Offshore Environmental Technology. The philosophy of this programme is to combine courses in offshore oil and gas exploration, production technologies and environmental management. The programme is suited for students that are interested in practical technological and administrative competences for sound environmental management in the offshore industries.

Water Science and Technology

The specialisation in Water Science and Technology is offered to students who want to focus on aquatic chemistry and ecology, and technologies for water and wastewater treatment. Being more natural science and research based, the programme provides students with fundamental and advanced competances in aquatic chemistry, environmental biotechnology and water process engineering.

With an MSc in Environmental Engineering, graduates will be able to suggest, design and operate adequate environmental process technologies based on profound understanding of recipient aquatic system, in both offshore and onshore companies.

Career prospects

On completing the master programme, candidates qualify for positions within environmental technology and management. For example, work in public and private research institutions, environmental management, or as a technical consultant / environmental advisor in industrial companies.

Candidates can qualify for a relevant PhD position.

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

After having completed the master’s programme in Environmental Engineering, the student shall have acquired the following learning outcomes, in terms of knowledge, skills and general competences:

Knowledge

K1: The candidate has advanced level knowledge in water chemistry and microbial Ecology of aquatic systems.

K2: The candidate has extensive knowledge of sources, conversion and transportation of vital chemical components for overall water quality in freshwater and marine recipients.

K3: The candidate knows how to characterise water quality and perform aquatic process analysis based on continuity principles and biogeochemical conversion processes.

K4: The candidate knows how to stay current in environmental science and technologies by applying information resources and industrial contacts.

K5: Candidates in WST have advanced level knowledge in technologies for treatment of potable water, and municipal and industrial wastewater.

K6: Candidates in OET have general knowledge on exploration, development, operation and decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations.

K7: Candidates in OET have advanced level knowledge of criteria for environmental risk assessment, including key parameters for fate and effect evaluations in receiving aquatic systems.

Skills

S1: The candidate is able to apply and evaluate disciplinary knowledge to diagnose aquatic ecological problems and suggest adequate solutions based on holistic ecological reasoning, including analysis and evaluation of field data.

S2: The candidate can apply basic field equipment for limnological and hydrological measurements including sampling techniques of sediments and free water masses. Furthermore, candidates know how to perform fundamental laboratory methods for water quality analysis and laboratory tests for design and operational analysis of treatment unit processes.

S3: The candidate is competent for work in water quality and ecotoxicological laboratories, and acquainted with methods for water quality characterisation and toxic analyses. The candidate can adequately document analytical results including formal reporting.

S4: Candidates in WST are able to perform advanced-level water and wastewater characterisation, including laboratory testing, and apply mass and energy balances for design, and operational analysis of treatment processes.

S5: Candidates in WST can use advanced computer tools and system models for simulation and system identification of aquatic systems and water treatment processes.

S6: Candidates in OET know how to apply key parameters for environmental risk management and apply environmental risk assessment tools to relevant problems in the oil and gas industry.

General Competence

G1: The candidate can contribute to original analysis, innovation and entrepreneurship via development and realisation of sustainable products, systems and solutions.

G2: The candidate has a profound understanding of environmental, human health, and societal consequences of ecological impacts on aquatic environments, and competences to view these in ethical and life-cycle perspectives.

G3: The candidate is able to communicate advanced technical and natural scientific knowledge to a wide range of audiences both orally and written. Furthermore, candidates are able to direct attention to the importance and consequences of environmental technology.

G4: The candidate can contribute to scientific discussions, show respect and understanding of other disciplines, and contribute to multidisciplinary projects.

Academic requirements

NB! The following admission requirements are now formally approved by the faculty for the academic year 2021/2022 :

A bachelor´s degree within one of the following disciplines is required:

- Environmental Engineering

- Chemical Engineering

- Biotechnology

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in related areas may also be considered if they have at least 30 ECTS credits in chemistry.

All applicants must have at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics/calculus.

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.

Application and admission

How and when to apply?

Deadlines, English requirements, documentation requirements and more

Contact

For inquiries regarding admission to international Master's programmes, send an email to: admissions@uis.no

Meet our international master students

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Study plan and courses
Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here

Student exchange

By going on exchange to one of our partner institutions abroad as part of your studies, you will have an opportunity to get a unique education. In addition to improving your career opportunities, you grow as a person and gain the ability to greater reflect on the topics you study as part of your degree. All about exchange

Exchange semester

3rd semester

Exchange scheme

Students can go on a study abroad experience during the 3rd semester of the master's program. Both specializations have 20 credits of electives and 10 credits of compulsory subjects. During the exchange semester you can choose subjects similar the master program specialization. The courses you want to take abroad must be approved by the department. It is important that the subjects/ courses from abroad not overlap with subjects you have already taken. It’s advisable to consider your specialization and your field of interest.​

More possibilities

In addition to the recommended universities listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at UiS, provided that they find a relevant subject offering. 

Within the Nordic region, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks. Find out more.



Students can also choose to take courses at The University Centre in Svalbard (Norway).  



Contact person

Guidance and pre-approval of courses:

Hannah Kate Hondebrink



General information about exchange: Exchange guide in Digital student service desk

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Student exchange
  • All countries

    Lund University

    Lunds Universitet sin historie går tilbake til 1666, og det rangeres jevnlig blant verdens 100 beste universiteter.

    Faculty of Engineering, Lund University

    Lunds Universitet sin historie går tilbake til 1666, og det rangeres jevnlig blant verdens 100 beste universiteter.

    Estonian University of Life Sciences

    Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) har røtter tilbake til 1848 og er et grønt universitet, som både forsker og underviser i bærekraft. Her får du sjansen for å oppleve det moderne Estland og samtidig bo i en historisk by.

    UniLaSalle

    Wageningen University

    Wageningen University er i en årrekke blitt kåret til det beste universitetet i Nederland. Et utvekslingsopphold ved Wageningen er en unik mulighet til å studere interessante fag i et internasjonalt studiemiljø.

    San Diego State University

    San Diego State University (SDSU) ligger helt sør i California, på grensen til Mexico, og bare et par timers kjøretur fra Los Angeles. Dette er en svært populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter.

  • Sweden

    Lund University

    Lunds Universitet sin historie går tilbake til 1666, og det rangeres jevnlig blant verdens 100 beste universiteter.

    Faculty of Engineering, Lund University

    Lunds Universitet sin historie går tilbake til 1666, og det rangeres jevnlig blant verdens 100 beste universiteter.

  • Estonia

    Estonian University of Life Sciences

    Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) har røtter tilbake til 1848 og er et grønt universitet, som både forsker og underviser i bærekraft. Her får du sjansen for å oppleve det moderne Estland og samtidig bo i en historisk by.

  • France

    UniLaSalle

  • Netherlands

    Wageningen University

    Wageningen University er i en årrekke blitt kåret til det beste universitetet i Nederland. Et utvekslingsopphold ved Wageningen er en unik mulighet til å studere interessante fag i et internasjonalt studiemiljø.

  • United States

    San Diego State University

    San Diego State University (SDSU) ligger helt sør i California, på grensen til Mexico, og bare et par timers kjøretur fra Los Angeles. Dette er en svært populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter.

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Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering

The department is focused on research, innovation, and education in the natural and life sciences.

The Department of Chemistry, Bioscience, and Environmental Technology is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The department has the following three main missions: Research, Innovation, and Education. 

Research activities are broad ranging from synthetic chemistry to molecular biology. The department aims at being a partner in regional, national and international research, and holds facilities with state of the art equipment for cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

Innovation is key in the technical sciences. The department strives towards new ways of thinking, the development of new methodologies and being up to date on current research within our fields of interest.

Education represents the cornerstone in society. In research and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. The department aims to provide first-class education from undergraduate to postgraduate research training. We are also involved in public outreach activities, informing the general public of our research and educational areas.  

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