Master of Chemistry in Environmental Forensics offers an exciting education using active learning and providing practical experience in close cooperation with the industry and environmental researchers.
Specific entry requirements
This programme requires previous university studies. More information about requirements
If you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are NOT required to pay application or tuition fees.
Non - EU citizens
Tuition fee, first instalment: 52200 SEK
Total fee: 208800 SEK
Environmental forensics is the systematic and scientific evaluation using various disciplines for the purpose of developing defensible scientific and legal conclusions regarding the source, age and history of chemical pollutants released into the environment. You, together with industry and leading researchers, have the opportunity to develop the knowledge needed for you to contribute to a future resilient society.
The education offers insight in several disciplines including analytical and environmental analysis in order to characterize the source and amount of chemical pollutants in the environment as well as describing their history. In order to facilitate a broad understanding of the specialities involved in Environmental Forensics, the curriculum will include a wide-range of multidisciplinary expertise within natural sciences such as environmental science, isotope chemistry, environmental sampling, advanced statistics, and transportation modelling. To ensure that the students gain practical field experience, real-life cases are provided in collaboration with the industry. The education use problem-based learning (PBL) to encourage active learning and to develop problem solving abilities. These skills will be used to identify sources and history of environmental pollution.
The program is a two-year programme but can be finished after one year resulting in a 60 credit Master of Science degree in Chemistry. Year one deals with distribution of environmental pollutions, environmental toxicology, forensic analytical methods and environmental agreements. Year two includes advanced statistical methods, research methodology and project management. Both alternatives ends with a project work in a research group and/or with industry.
The transport of environmental pollutants in soil, water, and air, 15 credits
Environmental toxicology, 10 credits
Environmental toxicology and risk assessment, 5 credits
Multilateral environmental agreements, 7.5 credits
Global sustainable development, 7.5 credits
Advanced analytical methods in environmental forensics, 15 credits
Chemometrics, 7.5 credits
Scientific methodology and industrial interests in chemistry, 7.5 credits
Independent Project for the Degree of Master (120 Credits) in Chemistry, 45 credits
The programme will be integrated with the Man-Technology-Environment (MTM) Research Centre. This is one of Örebro university's strong research environments with a focus on applied research on chemicals in the environment and sustainable development together with regional, national and international stakeholders in business, government, universities and research institutes.
MTM also serves as a reference laboratory for the United Nation's Environmental Programme (UNEP).
The main research focus is aimed at persistent organic pollutants, metals and emerging pollutants, including perfluorinated chemicals, endocrine disruptors and plastic pollution. Using state of the art technology we analyse occurrence, speciation, fate, behavior and toxicity and health effects of these pollutants in all parts of the biosphere. MTM also works with technical solutions to environmental problems developing methods to extract valuable metals from waste and improved methods for better risk assessment and soil remediation of polluted areas.
The programme has been developed in close collaboration with several business partner including analytical laboratories (Alcontrol, ALS Scandinavia and Eurofins), Environmental consultants (WSP, Sweco Environment), Chemometrics companies (MKS Umetrics, Corpus Data & Image analysis) and others interested in the field of Environmental Forensics (Waters Sverige, IKEM – Innovations- och kemiiindustrierna i Sverige, EURENCO Bofors, Saab Dynamics, Ekokem, Stena Metall, Miljökontoret Örebro, NFC and Foyen law firm.
Programme content and important future competence of Master students have been discussed. The companies will also contribute to the programme with real-life cases, guest lectures, and possibilities for independent project work.
Exam and Career
The programme leads to a 60 (one year with eligible course) or 120 credit (two year) Master of Science in Chemistry. Chemists with focus on environmental forensics are sought for in business, industries, research and governments. The education makes you eligible for high-end work in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, food safety and work in connection to environmental law or consulting. The Masters' degree qualifies for Ph D studies for a possible academic career in advanced analytical chemistry.
Qualifications (degree awarded)
Degree of Master of Arts/Science [60 credits], Degree of Master of Arts/Science [120 credits]
Chemists with focus on environmental forensics are sought for in business, industries, research and governments. The education makes you eligible for high-end work in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, food safety and work in connection to environmental law and consulting. The Masters' degree qualifies for Ph D studies for a possible academic career in advanced analytical chemistry.
Level: Second cycle
Language of instruction: English
First semester: Autumn 2017
Pace of study: Full-time
Study venue: Örebro
School: School of Science and Technology
Study places: 10
Selection: Number of credits no later than on the closing date for applications.
Specific entry requirements: Bachelor of Natural Sciences or Chemical engineering with at least 60 ECTS in Chemistry. The applicant must also have qualifications corresponding to the course "English 6" or "English B" from the Swedish Upper Secondary School.
Application period closed
Application code: ORU-59714
School of Science and Technology
Phone: +46 19303000 (switchboard)
Head of programme: Ingrid Ericson Jogsten