Jump to main content

Soil, Water and Environment MSc in Soil Science or Environmental Science

Soil, water and the environment are of major concern at all levels of society. This unique Master’s programme prepares you for a future career as a soil and water expert.
Apply now

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

Land and water use have been important and fundamental factors for the survival of humans for thousands of years. Nowadays, because of climate and demographic trends, they are more important than ever – both locally and globally. This Master’s degree programme will prepare you for the challenge of developing land and water management while minimising negative impacts on the environment and health. 

The programme has a natural science orientation and gives you the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the sustainable use of land and water resources and how they are linked. During the 2-year programme you will also learn about  efficient use of natural resources and nutrients, as well as environmental assessment as a way to understand and mitigate human-induced effects in our environment. 

SLU is the only university in Sweden that offers a degree in soil science and your studies will lead to a Master’s degree in either environmental science or soil science. After graduation, you will be able to work with soil and water issues as an expert, analyst or advisor in different organisations such as consultancy companies, or governmental authorities. You will also be able to continue your studies towards a PhD.

FACTS & REQUIREMENTS

Name: Soil, Water and Environment - Master's Programme
Level: Bachelor
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2023

Tuition Fees: Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees.

First semester: SEK 75000
Total: SEK 300000

Application deadline for international students: 2023-01-16
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2023-04-17

Study location: Uppsala
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: On-campus
Application code for Swedish students: 81052
Application code for international students: 81025

Requirements: Admission to the Master’s programme Soil, Water and Environment requires a first-cycle qualification comprising 180 credits and including specialised studies comprising 90 credits within one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains:
- biology
- agricultural sciences
- soil sciences, geo sciences
- environmental sciences
- forestry
- technology

In addition, knowledge corresponding to
- at least 15 credits within chemistry
- at least 15 credits within biology and/or soil or earth sciences.
-
Applicants with the equivalent qualifications obtained by means of a degree from another country, or with the equivalent knowledge obtained in some other way, may also be regarded as fulfilling the specific entry requirements.

This programme is taught in English. The applicant must further have a level of English equivalent to upper secondary school English, called English 6. An applicant with a first-cycle qualification from SLU comprising 180 credits automatically fulfils this requirement. Special rules apply for applicants with qualifications from one of the Nordic countries and some English-speaking countries.

Specific requirements apply for admission to the individual courses included in the programme.

Degree: Degree awarded on completion of the programme Masterprogrammet mark, vatten och miljö syftar till en masterexamen med huvudområdet markvetenskap eller miljövetenskap. Masterexamen är en generell examen. Kurserna i programmet kan möjliggöra även andra generella examina om kraven för dessa uppfylls. Se SLU:s lokala examensordning. Den student som uppfyller fordringarna för examen får på begäran ett examensbevis. Till examensbeviset knyts benämningen masterexamen med huvudområdet markvetenskap eller masterexamen med huvudområdet miljövetenskap (degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Soil Science eller with a major in Environmental Science). Degree requirements A degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in soil science is awarded to students who fulfil the course requirements (courses with a Pass grade) of 120 credits, of which at least 90 credits at second-cycle level, according to the following: - at least 30 credits of courses with specialised study in the main field soil science (A1N; A1F), - at least 30 credits from an independent project (degree project) in the main field soil science (A2E). In addition, the student must hold a degree of Bachelor or professional qualification of at least 180 credits or an equivalent qualification. A degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in environmental science as the main field of study is awarded to students who fulfil the course requirements (courses with a Pass grade) of 120 credits, of which at least 90 credits at second-cycle level, according to the following: - at least 30 credits of courses with specialised study in the main field environmental science (A1N; A1F), - at least 30 credits from an independent project (degree project) in the main field environmental science (A2E). In addition, the student must hold a degree of Bachelor or professional qualification of at least 180 credits or an equivalent qualification.
 
 

 

Admission: There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 16 January 2023. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.

CONTENT

This programme prepares students for the challenge of developing sustainable land and water management, while simultaneously minimising negative environmental and health impacts. It has a natural science profile.

There is a close link between the use and quality of soil and water resources, meaning they need to be understood together. The programme provides a comprehensive overview of the way soil and water processes interact from a landscape perspective.

Students explore how water, nutrients and other elements are transported to the atmosphere through soil and plants, and to ground and surface water through soil. The programme content draws on contemporary basic and applied research. Students will learn to evaluate how agriculture, forestry and urbanisation affect soil and water quality, and how to design and apply proper management methods to achieve important environmental objectives. Teaching tools include case studies from Sweden, European and subtropical and tropical countries.

During the first year, students focus on improving their understanding of the processes governing fluxes of water and matter in the landscape. They will study soil physics, soil chemistry and soil biology, as well as environmental monitoring and assessment from Scandinavian and European perspectives.

In their second year, students study how land use influences water quality and eutrophication. There are elective courses in soil classification, land evaluation, soil and water conservation, safe nutrient cycling in a wider international perspective.

In their final semester, students will complete a degree project (30 credits). The programme will lead to a Master of Science (120 credits) with a specialisation in either soil science or environmental science.

Visit the student pages to find out more and read the syllabus.

CAREER

Expert knowledge on minimising negative impacts on soil and water resources is essential for our survival. Global changes, population growth and more intensive land use are creating an increasing demand for skilled soil and water experts at all levels of society.

Graduates will be able to work as consultants or analysts in both the public and private sectors. The programme also provides the necessary qualifications to continue onto doctoral studies in subjects such as soil science or environmental science, at both SLU or other higher education institutions.

Degree awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a Major in Soil Science or Environmental Science.

Our researchers. Your teachers.

Marie Spohn is a professor of the biogeochemistry of forest soils. Watch the film and get to know her and her work better.
Central Uppsala in summer

Campus Uppsala

Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city, and the hub of SLU’s educational activities. Located just outside of the city centre, SLU’s Uppsala campus is spacious, leafy and picturesque. It is a fitting setting for Sweden’s only agricultural university, and possibly the most research-intensive of all universities. With two universities located in Uppsala, students can enjoy a lively, dynamic and stimulating atmosphere. 


Contact

Study and career guidance

Ask us about: courses or programmes, which education that suits you and how to reach your future goals, your study environment and get support in your career choises.

Do you have questions about the university or our programmes? Maybe you can find your answers here. FAQ: Frequently asked questions about studies

Email
studyguidance@slu.se

Telephone
+46 (0)18 67 28 00 

Telephone hours
Monday 10-12
Tuesday 10-12
Thursday 13-15

Page editor: study@slu.se
Loading…