Master of Science in Environmental Engineering - learning outcomes

Successful candidates will achieve the following learning outcomes in terms of theoretical and practical knowledge, and special and general competencies:


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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

General competence

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

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


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

Last updated: 20.07.2018