Master of Environmental Science

Master of Environmental Science

The master in Environmental Science integrates physical and biological sciences, the study of the environment and the solution of environmental problems. It gives you the knowledge you need to contribute to a better future.

Study level
Closing dates
EU/EEA: 1st of March
Others: 1st of December
Start up
Autumn 2019

Why master in Environmental Science?

Our world faces massive challenges, and the need for professionals with relevant knowledge is huge.

You can be one of those professionals.

This master provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems.


Semester exchange to USN

Within this programme there are several exchange opportunities for students from partner universities. Please contact our program administrator for details and course lists. Application deadline for exchange students is April 15 for Autumn semester and October 15 for spring semester.

What kind of job do you qualify for?

As a graduate you will qualify for positions in the field of natural resource management and research, depending on which topics are emphasized in your studies, particularly the MSc thesis.

Examples are:

  • Water resource management
  • Pollution control
  • Molecular genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Ecotoxicology

Working with the local business community

Students are encouraged to write their master thesis in cooperation with, or on behalf of, external actors in or outside the region.

What you will learn

Emphasis will be placed on how and why different management strategies can contribute to sustainable use, conservation / protection and the recovery of natural and environmental resources. The study programme is research and management oriented and provides thorough experience of laboratory and fieldwork.

The study programme consists of various courses (including but not limited to Ecology, Chemistry, Biology, Soil Science, Water, Geology and Atmospheric Science) comprising in total 60 ECTS and a Master’s thesis (60 ECTS). The teaching is largely based on one-week modules, and laboratory and field-oriented teaching. It provides a flexible study programme, and places high demands on students’ ability to work independently.

Combining theory and practice is central throughout the programme. This will provide the students with necessary theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience required to be prepared for employment or further studies. The Master thesis is based on independent study under the supervision of Professors.

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Further study opportunities

Students who graduate from this programme can move on to PhD programmes in environmental science, ecology and similar fields of research.

Admission requirements

A bachelor's degree which includes 80 ECTS credits within the relevant science/environmental science (ecology, biology, geology, limnology, or equivalent courses).

This master's programme is specially designed for international students with an educational background from a broad field of sciences related to environmental science.

In addition, we require a cumulative grade point average equivalent to, or better than, a C in the Norwegian system (we do the grade conversion).

English requirements.

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.


USN makes reservations in regards to the commencement of the study programme.

Study facts

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