Nordic Master's Programme in Chemistry with a specialisation in Arctic Environmental Forensics, 120 credits

Start term: Autumn 2022 (open)

Are you interested in knowing how chemicals reach the Arctic? Are you heading for a position where you can contribute to a sustainable environment? This education gives you tools to discover chemicals and investigate their effects in the environment.

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Specific entry requirements

A first-cycle (bachelor’s) degree of at least 180 credits with 90 credits of progressively specialised study in the main field of study chemistry or in another natural science main field of study. Students with 90 credits of progressively specialised study in another natural science main field of study shall, in addition, have at least 60 credits in the main field of study chemistry. Applicants with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering also meet the entry requirements. In addition, knowledge of English corresponding to the course ‘English 6’ or ‘English B’ from the Swedish upper secondary school is required.

Tuition fees

EU citizens

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: 56750 SEK

Total fee: 227000 SEK

Chemicals are transported to the Nordic and Arctic environments from the low latitude regions due to industrial and agricultural activities causing accumulation and toxic effects along the food-chain. The ongoing climate change leads to melting of icebergs that may release contaminants trapped in icebergs back to the environment. Here, we will study and investigate the consequences on human and environmental health.

Environmental forensics is a multidisciplinary science combining various disciplines for an increased knowledge on chemicals released into the environment and their effects on human and the environment. The programme offers an education in close connection to research related to chemical safety, health and the environment with a focus on the Arctic environment.

This is a joint master programme with collaboration between Örebro University, Norwegian University of Life Science and University of Southern Denmark. The programme covers a wide range of sciences focusing on environmental chemistry, field sampling, human and environmental health, and (bio)analytical and environmental analysis. The education ensures students gaining practical experience in the field and in the laboratories as well as computer modelling work and real-life cases adopted from industry and research projects. Problem-based learning (PBL) is used to encourage active-learning and to develop key competencies, as good problem solving and communication skills, for shaping a better future

Programme syllabus Nordic Master's Programme in Chemistry with a specialisation in Arctic Environmental Forensics, 120 credits

The education comprises 120 higher education credits given in collaboration between Örebro University (ORU), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and University of Southern Denmark (SDU).
The programme leads to a double degree from ORU and NMBU with a Degree of Master of Science, 120 credits, main field of study: Chemistry, from ORU and a Degree of Master of Chemistry, 120 credits, focus area: Arctic Environmental Chemistry, from NMBU.
Students are offered a broad, in-depth theoretical background to environmental forensics, including documentation of polluted areas, identification of pollution sources, transport modelling and analysis of pollutants. Aspects of human and environmental health, toxicology and bioanalytical methods for assessing effects of chemicals and mixtures, statistics, chemical safety and risk assessment are also covered. Students will participate in field sampling (e.g., (sub-) Arctic area) and real-life cases to gain practical experiences in combination with a problem-based learning approach. The programme has strong links to research at higher education institutions.

The programme begins in ORU with The Transport of Pollutants in Soil, Water, and Air (15 credits), followed by Analytical Methods in Environmental Forensics I (15 credits).
In term two, Organic Spectroscopy (10 credits), Environmental Pollutants and Ecotoxicology (10 credits) and Soil pollution and sustainability (10 credits) are offered at NMBU. Alternatively, students may take courses at the University Centre in Svalbard; availability is subjected to the courses.

The 2nd year of studies include:
• an independent work of 60 credits at ORU/NMBU, or

• an independent work of 45 credits combined with 15 credits of courses in the main areas of chemistry/environmental science at ORU, or

• an independent project of 30 credits at ORU/NMBU combined with 30 credits of courses in the main areas of chemistry/biology/environmental science at one of the universities.

Specific entry requirements: A first-cycle (bachelor’s) degree of at least 180 credits with 90 credits of progressively specialised study in the main field of study chemistry or in another natural science main field of study. Students with 90 credits of progressively specialised study in another natural science main field of study shall, in addition, have at least 60 credits in the main field of study chemistry. Applicants with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering also meet the entry requirements. In addition, knowledge of English corresponding to the course ‘English 6’ or ‘English B’ from the Swedish upper secondary school is required.

First semester: Autumn semester 2022

Pace of study: Full Time

Level: Second Cycle

Study places: 6

Selection: Selection is based on the applicants’ motivation letters, written in accordance with instructions provided, which will be assessed and ranked.

Study venue: Örebro

School: School of Science and Technology

Qualifications: Degree of Master of Arts/Science [60 credits], Degree of Master of Arts/Science [120 credits]

Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.

Head of programme: Leo Yeung

Application code ORU-M5202

Chemists with a 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, toxicology, chemical safety, and environmental management and consulting.
The Masters' degree qualifies for PhD studies for a possible academic career in advanced analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry.

Study Advisor: Ulla Stenlund

Phone: +46 19 303000 (switchboard)

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Selection to the Nordic Master´s Programme in Chemistry with a specialization in Arctic Environmental Forensics is based on the applicants’ motivation letters.

Use the template provided at www.oru.se/NMP-ArcticEnForce/Motivation-letter

Follow the instructions. Save the file as: Motivation letter Application No XXX.
Upload your motivation letter at www.universityadmissions.se February 1 2022 at the latest.