Compulsory courses
Water Chemistry Year 1 / Semester 1
Water chemistry introduces the principles and use of calculations of equilibra in aquatic systems.
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Study points: 10
Course teacher:
Espen Enge
Natural Water Systems Year 1 / Semester 1
Natural Water System gives an introduction to the main water systems on earth - surface waters and water systems in soil and atmosphere - salt- and fresh waters. Emphasis is put on geo-/physical and biogeochemical conditions, transport processes and other aquatic ecological aspects. The course contributes to the knowledge base for aquatic environmental technology.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Steinar Sanni
Environmental Microbiology Year 1 / Semester 1
The main objectives are to introduce the general biology of microorganisms and general concept of microbial ecology. Furthermore, important microbial processes in natural and technical systems are studied.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Krista Michelle Kaster
Environmental Process Analysis Year 1 / Semester 1
The main objective of this course is introduction and application of quantitative methods and estimations used in bioprocess analysis, water and wastewater treatment technology and water quality analysis.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Ilke Pala Ozkok
Interfacial Water Chemistry Year 1 / Semester 2
The subject shall give an understanding of interfacial chemistry concepts: different surfaces and interfaces and related phenomena such as surface tension, adsorption, monolayers, and films, liquid interface and membranes, self assembly.
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Study points: 5
Course teacher:
Emil Lindback
Water and Wastewater Treatment Year 1 / Semester 2
By completion of the course the student should know the basic principles for treatment methods for potable water and municipal wastewater in addition to design and analysis of mechanical, chemical and biological wastewater treatment unit processes..
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Roald Kommedal
Separation Technology Year 1 / Semester 2
This subject will introduce the principles and design approaches of separation and physical purification technologies used in the oil and gas industry, for biomass handling in the water and wastewater sector and novel applications in biotechnology. Furthermore new advancements in the field are presented and the candidates are challenged to propose novel applications of standard and new separation technologies.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Gopalakrishnan Kumar
Master Thesis in Environmental Technology Year 1 / Semester 2
The master's thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies on solving a chosen assignment. It is through this assignment that you will show your abilities and qualities as a coming engineer. The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies. At this stage you will have acquired the knowledge and know-how needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in your studies.
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Study points: 30
Course coordinator:
Roald Kommedal
Methods in Water Science and Technology Year 2 / Semester 3
Methods in Water Science and Technology seeks to fill the gap between the theoretical courses of a master programme and the experimental and/or theoretical work to be conducted as part of the master thesis. Practical and theoretical introduction to experimental work will be given, including basics of the philosophy of science, literature work and methods development and validation. All activities undertaken as part of the course will be applicable for the candidate's individual master thesis, and will be planned, conducted and evaluated in cooperation with the candidate's master thesis advisor.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Roald Kommedal

Choose specialisation

Specialisation Offshore Environmental Technology
Compulsory course
Aquatic Ecotoxicology Year 2 / Semester 3
The aim of this course is to give the students an introduction to environmental science and ecotoxicology, and to contribute to the student's knowledge about how pollutant chemicals released in nature may cause adverse effects in organsisms, populations and ecosystems. Both terrestrial and aquatic issues are addressed in the course, although the main focus will be on aquatic environments.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Daniela Maria Pampanin
Recommended elective courses 2nd and 3rd semester
Environmental Biotechnology Year 1 / Semester 2
The course seeks to increase students' knowledge and understanding of environmental microbiology and its applications in addition to showing students how knowledge of microbial communities and their processes that can be of beneficial use, e.g. in the bioremediation of contaminated sites, and using our understanding of microorganisms in the environment to control their detrimental effects.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Krista Michelle Kaster
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Year 1 / Semester 2
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) lets us solve the governing equations for fluid dynamics for complex engineering problems. CFD is today used in a wide range of industries, some examples are:
  • air resistance for airplanes and cars
  • wind and wave loads on buildings and marine structures
  • heat- and mass transfer in chemical processing plants
  • consequence modelling of fires and explosions in the oil- and gas industry

In this course you will get an introduction to computational fluid dynamics. The first part of the course deals with fundamental theory and numerical methods. The second part of the course introduces use of the practical CFD software OpenFOAM. The course ends with a group project where you select a problem of your own choice to simulate in OpenFOAM.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Knut Erik Teigen Giljarhus
Operations and Maintenance Management Year 1 / Semester 2
The course deals with operation and maintenance management of equipment, machinery, production systems. Basic theory, maintenance strategies, relevant standards, as well as tools, methods and maintenance strategies are discussed. The focus is especially directed towards the Oil & Gas industry, renewable energy, and since it is project-based the student group are free to select relevant industrial application to their background.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Idriss El-Thalji
Instrumental Analysis Year 2 / Semester 3
The course provides an introduction to instrumental analysis with focus on the entire analytical process from raw sample to calculated result.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Cato Brede
Oilfield Production Chemistry Year 2 / Semester 3
The course will teach about the chemical processes, chemical problems and chemical treatments that are used in the production phase of oil and gas fields, both onland and offshore. This includes some downhole stimulation methods, flow assurance issues in the well and flow lines and processing problems. Environmental issues will also be discussed.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Malcolm Andrew Kelland
Organic Waste Treatment Year 2 / Semester 3
This course introduce the fundamentals/basic theories and technologies for processing of organic wastes to biofuels and biochemical products via biotechnological unit processes. Additionally, methodologies and concepts for valorisation of wastes, biotechnological processes and bioproducts are discussed.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Gopalakrishnan Kumar
Risk analysis and risk management Year 2 / Semester 3
The course covers basic topics in risk analysis and risk management. What is risk and risk analysis? Risk perspectives. Uncertainty analysis. How to plan, execute and use risk analysis? Risk analysis methods. Risk management principles. Cost-benefit analysis. Cautionary and precautionary principles. Risk acceptance criteria. ALARP. Decision-making under uncertainty.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Terje Aven
Other elective courses 3rd semester
Bioprocess Modelling Year 2 / Semester 3
The overall objectives of the course is to transfer knowledge on the principles of modeling and simulation of biosystems, and enable the engineer to construct models of biochemical processes carried out in activated sludge systems. In addition, techniques for calibration and verification of the biochemical models will be covered, and applications on simulation based design of carbon and nutrient removing activated sludge systems will be exemplified.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Ilke Pala Ozkok
Modeling and Computational Engineering Year 2 / Semester 3
This course introduces numerical methods and modeling techniques used to solve practical problems. The course provides insights and skills in computational thinking and programming techniques
You will learn the most common numerical methods used to solve complex physical, biological, financial or geological phenomena. Examples of methods are numerically derivation, numerical integration, Monte Carlo and boot strapping methods, inverse methods, numerical solution of common differential equations, simulated annealing, and colony optimization, lattice Boltzmann models, random walk models, box (compartment) models.
The primary programming language is Python. Through assignments, you will learn how to set up mathematical models of a phenomenon, develop algorithms, implement them, and investigate the strength and limitations of the solution method and the mathematical model.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Aksel Hiorth
Specialisation Water Science and Technology
Compulsory course
Environmental Biotechnology Year 1 / Semester 2
The course seeks to increase students' knowledge and understanding of environmental microbiology and its applications in addition to showing students how knowledge of microbial communities and their processes that can be of beneficial use, e.g. in the bioremediation of contaminated sites, and using our understanding of microorganisms in the environment to control their detrimental effects.
Read more about Environmental Biotechnology
Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Krista Michelle Kaster
Recommended elective courses 3rd semester
Instrumental Analysis Year 2 / Semester 3
The course provides an introduction to instrumental analysis with focus on the entire analytical process from raw sample to calculated result.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Cato Brede
Aquatic Ecotoxicology Year 2 / Semester 3
The aim of this course is to give the students an introduction to environmental science and ecotoxicology, and to contribute to the student's knowledge about how pollutant chemicals released in nature may cause adverse effects in organsisms, populations and ecosystems. Both terrestrial and aquatic issues are addressed in the course, although the main focus will be on aquatic environments.
Read more about Aquatic Ecotoxicology
Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Daniela Maria Pampanin
Organic Waste Treatment Year 2 / Semester 3
This course introduce the fundamentals/basic theories and technologies for processing of organic wastes to biofuels and biochemical products via biotechnological unit processes. Additionally, methodologies and concepts for valorisation of wastes, biotechnological processes and bioproducts are discussed.
Read more about Organic Waste Treatment
Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Gopalakrishnan Kumar
Bioprocess Modelling Year 2 / Semester 3
The overall objectives of the course is to transfer knowledge on the principles of modeling and simulation of biosystems, and enable the engineer to construct models of biochemical processes carried out in activated sludge systems. In addition, techniques for calibration and verification of the biochemical models will be covered, and applications on simulation based design of carbon and nutrient removing activated sludge systems will be exemplified.
Read more about Bioprocess Modelling
Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Ilke Pala Ozkok
Other elective courses 3rd semester
Modeling and Computational Engineering Year 2 / Semester 3
This course introduces numerical methods and modeling techniques used to solve practical problems. The course provides insights and skills in computational thinking and programming techniques
You will learn the most common numerical methods used to solve complex physical, biological, financial or geological phenomena. Examples of methods are numerically derivation, numerical integration, Monte Carlo and boot strapping methods, inverse methods, numerical solution of common differential equations, simulated annealing, and colony optimization, lattice Boltzmann models, random walk models, box (compartment) models.
The primary programming language is Python. Through assignments, you will learn how to set up mathematical models of a phenomenon, develop algorithms, implement them, and investigate the strength and limitations of the solution method and the mathematical model.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Aksel Hiorth

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.