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Environmental Management in Europe

Environmental Management in Europe is an interdisciplinary online course offered by the University of Copenhagen, with contribution from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, the University of Hohenheim and the European Environment Agency.

The aim of the course is to provide a solid understanding of how environmental management in Europe is applied at different scales, from the EU level to the national, regional and local levels.

During the first part of the course the tools for environmental management in EU are introduced, including environmental monitoring, assessment, modeling and valuation, as well as EU environmental law and policy. In the second part of the course the key EU environmental directives are analysed and discussed, including the Habitat Directive, Water Framework Directive, Air Quality Directive, the EU Climate Action and Energy Package, as well as the integration of environmental policies across the directives.

MX0160 Environmental Management in Europe, 7.5 Credits

Miljöförvaltning i Europa

Syllabus approved



Environmental science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to:
- 120 credits at basic level
- English 6


The aim of the course is to provide a solid understanding of how environmental management in Europe is applied at different scales, from the EU level to the national, regional and local levels. Focus is on environmental management of soil, water, biodiversity and climate. The course addresses several UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on SDG3 (good health and well being), SDG6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG13 (climate action) and SDG15 (life on land).
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
- Summarise the background, the fundamental principles and the managerial approaches embedded in EU environmental law
- Identify how different tools and resources for environmental management can be used to acquire knowledge about the state of the environment and solve environmental problems
- Describe how insight and skills in natural sciences are used together with economics, law and planning in contributing to contemporary environmental management
- Reflect how environmental ethics and sustainability concepts of different stakeholders affect actual environmental policy in the EU
- Apply environmental management tools and resources to analyse environmental policy initiatives
- Compare the implementation of environmental policies in different EU member states
- Effectively identify, utilize and critically assess different forms of digital scientific information
- Cooperate and work independently with environmental management in the context of environmental policy
- Discuss how environmental management in Europe is applied at different scales, from the EU level to the national, regional and local levels


This is a compulsory course for the master’s program EnvEuro. The course is based on distance learning through a number of modules each with subject-specific lessons with weekly assignments.
The focus of the course is the management of natural resources (land, water, biodiversity and climate) from a European perspective. The course covers how the European Union (EU) establishes the policy framework for almost all environmental regulation in the member states, and how this framework determines both opportunities and limitations for implementing environmental management and developing solutions for the environment in the EU.
The course begins with an introduction to the overall concept of environmental management, and to the current state of the European environment. Students will learn about environmental management theory and application and how: - environmental monitoring and analysis, -environmental management including EU environmental legislation, -economic tools for environmental assessment and cost / benefit analysis as well as -EU environmental policy and lobbying are included in these.
The course addresses several of the EU environmental policy initiatives related to soil, water, biodiversity and climate (eg the EU’s green environment, the Habitats Directive, the Water Framework Directive and the Soil Framework Directive), and describes and analyses how these initiatives arose, and how they are interpreted and implemented from EU level to national, regional and local levels. The complex links between the environmental, economic and social consequences of the EU environmental policy are discussed and the course addresses the need for a combined system approach and environmental policy integration.

Formats and requirements for examination

To be eligible for the exam, students must complete a minimum 75% of weekly discussions from the online lessons, write a discussion summary, and actively contribute to a team assignment submitted as video. Students will be assessed on a portfolio of three individual written assignments. The first two individual assignments are focused on core environmental management (law, economics and policy). The third individual assignment is based on the development of ecosystem management. The final grade will be based on the content, quality and performance of the individual assignments.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course will be co-ordinated with, and run by the corresponding course at Copenhagen University.
In the beginning of the course all students will meet for one day to get to know each other, meet the teachers and learn about the online learning system. This introduction day is organised as blended online and onsite at one of the university campuses.

Responsible department

Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: MX0138
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Environmental science
Course code: MX0160 Application code: SLU-20172 Location: Uppsala Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment Pace: 100%