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 may 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/environmental science at one of the universities.