Syllabus - Master's Programme in Environmental Engineering for Sustainable Development


120.0 credits

Programme code


Valid from

Autumn semester 2021

Decision instance

The Faculty Board



Registration number




Specific requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree from an institution of higher education of three years or more, equivalent to at least 180 credits with a major in engineering or science. Students with a degree in a subject other than engineering or science must have at least two years of working experience in an engineering field. A TOEFL test result, with a minimum score 575 with a TWE score of at least 4.5 (PBT) or 90 with a TWE score of at least 20 (iBT), or an IELTS test result with an overall band score of at least 6.5 and no band score below 5.5, or equivalent is required.

About programme syllabus

The programme syllabus applies to the entire education period, starting with the academic year and the semester you started your education. The programme syllabus contains goals for the programme, contents and arrangement, but also requirements for special qualifications, etc.


The overall goal of the Master's programme in Environmental Engineering for Sustainable Development (120 credits) is to provide students with advanced knowledge and abilities within the field of environmental engineering and sustainable development. The programme offers a dynamic and relevant on-line distance education, to meet the increased need of digitalisation, lifelong learning, flexibility and gender equality. The programme prepares students to meet the expectations of private and public actors in the field of environmental engineering. In addition, the programme prepares students for a research career in the subject.

Knowledge and Understanding

After completing the programme, the student should:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.

Aptitudes and Accomplishments

After completing the programme, the student should:

  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks with predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.

Ability to Evaluate and Assess

After completing the programme, the student should:

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for furhter knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English. This applies to all teaching, communication, readings, assignments and examinations of the programme.


The Master's Programme in Environmental Engineering for Sustainable Development is a two-year technical/science programme in environmental engineering, with engineers and other students trained in engineering or science as important target groups. The programme deepens the student's knowledge of environmental engineering and its technical applications. The programme is given on-line and comprises 120 credits in environmental engineering of which 30 credits are elective courses. The programme includes a degree project of 30 credits.

After completing the programme, the degree objectives presented above for the Master's degree (120 credits) are met. The elective courses strengthen and deepen the quality of the student's fulfilment of the degree and the programme objectives and prepare for the choice of focus and theme for the degree project. The final compulsory course consists of a degree project comprising 30 credits in Environmental Engineering. The programme focuses on preparing the student for problem solving in working life and a research career in the subject.

Teaching on the program consists of web-based lectures, seminars, project work and laboratory work. All teaching takes place on-line on distance, which means that the student is responsible for setting aside time for the studies based on the dates given for different examinations within each course in the programme. The courses are examined through digital written and/or oral exams, and/or continuously during the course through e.g. seminar reports and assignments.
Year 1
Environmental Engineering
Climate change and energy: past, present and future, 7.5 credits
Atmospheric pollution and air quality, 7.5 credits
Applied statistics in engineering, 2.5 credits
Scientific methods in environmental engineering, 5 credits
Fresh water treatment and management, 7.5 credits
Sustainable cities and infrastructure, 7.5 credits
Sustainable production and consumption, 7.5 credits
Resource recovery and solid waste management, 7.5 credits

Mathematics/applied mathematics:
Applied mathematics for environmental engineers, 7.5 credits
Year 2
Elective 15 credits
Environmental engineering:
Environmental economics, 2.5 credits
Industrial dynamics, 2.5 credits
Circular economy in context of environmental engineering, 2.5 credits
Digital remote sensing and GIS in environmental engineering, 7.5 credits
Multivariate data analysis in engineering, 7.5 credits
System modelling in environmental engineering, 7.5 credits 
Elective 15 credits
Environmental Engineering:
Humanitarian engineering, 7.5 credits
Biomass utilization and conversion, 7.5 credits
Real-time analysis in environmental engineering, 7.5 credits
Waste water treatment and management, 7.5 credits

Environmental Engineering:
Degree project in environmental engineering, 30 credits

Choices within the program

Year 2, semester 1 students choose two of the four courses offered in period 1, and two of the four courses offered in period 2.

University degree

The programme has been designed in such a way that its completion will lead to the fulfilment of the requirements for the following degree:

  • Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in Environmental Engineering

If the programme contains elective or optional parts, or if you as a student choose not to complete a certain course, the choices you make can affect the opportunities to fulfil the degree requirements. For more information about degrees and degree requirements, please refer to the local degree regulations published on the university website.


For every course offered at the University, the corresponding syllabus specifies, among other things, how the student's performance is to be assessed in terms of forms of examination and grades. The examination of a course is outlined in the course syllabus and is to be clarified and complemented with written information at the start of the course. The University has adopted rules and regulations for examinations, and these can be accessed via the university website.