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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Sociology, International Health, Media Communcation Studies or the equivalent

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

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  • Application AS18 week 36-03, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44803

Master's Programme in Environmental Science

Programme 120 credits

This programme combines natural and social sciences, training the next generation of interdisciplinary scholars and professionals who will address some of the world's most challenging environmental and sustainability issues. Students can choose from three specialisations: Environment, Communication, and Politics; Ecosystem Management; and Infectious Disease Control.

This programme has an earlier application period and is aimed at applicants who are non-EEA nationals. Application and tuition fees have been introduced for students with citizenship in countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Please consult www.sh.se/fees to find out more about application and tuition fees.

Programme content

Theoretical models and empirical data are brought together in a hands-on manner, using today's most pressing environmental and sustainability issues as examples. Multidisciplinary perspectives are adopted, while the need for integrative and reflective discussions is emphasised. Lectures and seminars are given by Södertörn University’s researchers, as well as guest lecturers from other universities, organisations, public authorities, and businesses. Students are given the opportunity to refine their skills in verbal and written presentations, as well as communication techniques. It is also possible to receive a 60-credit Master’s degree after one year of full-time study.

Environment, Communication and Politics (ECP) has a particular focus on the various forms of communication between stakeholders, authorities, international organisations, NGOs and business representatives, emphasising how interests, power, and expert knowledge shape the ways in which key environmental hazards are perceived and acted upon locally, nationally and globally. The gap between scientific expertise on the one hand, and practical environmental administration on the other, is further analysed. The issue of how to bridge this gap is given high priority.

Ecosystem Management (ESM) trains students in the integrated management and planning of interlinked human-nature systems, rooted in ideas and theories focusing on sustainable governance and ecosystem management. The students analyse the theories, tools and ideas presented in current research, as well as in national and international environmental and nature conservation policies and regulations. One particular focus is the role of ecosystem services and biological conservation, including the patterns and processes of biodiversity at different hierarchical levels, the societal problems involved in conservation processes, and the relationship between conservation and sustainable development.

Infectious Disease Control (IDC) bridges the medical, environmental, health science and socio-economic aspects of infectious disease control. The biological mechanisms behind infectious diseases, focusing on prevention, diagnostics and therapy, are discussed using a global perspective. The relation of local and global social, environmental factors and climate change to the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases is analysed, and a modern toolbox for the surveillance, evaluation and control of disease spread and epidemics is provided, including epidemiology, GIS, statistics, meta-analysis and mathematical modelling.

Degree

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in Enviromental Sciences

After the programme

There is a growing need for professionals who are able to adopt multidisciplinary perspectives when dealing with issues relating to the environment and natural resources. The broad scope of this programme, where issues related to the environment, communication, politics and health are studied in a holistic way, is a good preparation for subsequent employment, spanning from the private sector (from small-scale enterprise to large corporations), over national and international NGOs, to politics and public administration at local, regional, national and international levels. The specialisation in Infectious Disease Control also provides skills in the monitoring, planning and analysis of disease risk factors and health promotion for future careers in public health agencies, both nationally and internationally. This Master’s programme provides a good basis for future research.

Obligatory courses for each specialisation are provided in the semester overview.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2015

Semester overview

Year 1Semester 1Semester 2
IDC in Changing Environm. (IDC), Ecosystem Manag. (ESM), Env. Govern. and the Role of Experts (ECP), Statistics (ESM, IDC), Research Methods (ECP, ESM, IDC), Medical Geogr. (ESM, IDC), Media and the Environm. (ECP), ID Epidemiology (IDC), Biodiv. and Conserv. (ESM), Political Decision Making I (ECP)ID Epidemiology (IDC), Generation of Knowledge in Environm. Science (ECP, ESM), Analytical Tools in Environm. Science (ESM, IDC), Environm. Communication (ECP); Sustainability, Civil Society and Transnational Governance (ECP), Communicating Scientific Knowledge and Complex Environm. Issues (ECP)
Year 2Semester 3Semester 4
Multidisciplinary Research Project in Environm. Science (IDC), Research Methods (ECP, ESM, IDC), Statistics (ESM, IDC), Environm. Planning for Sustainable Govern. (ESM, IDC), Political Decision Making II, Environm. Risks: Assessment and Management (ECP, ESM, IDC)Dissertation (ECP, ESM, IDC)

Each semester covers 30 credits. Contents and order are subject to change. The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.

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