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Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme


Water is life. Based on the numerous and anomalous properties, this unique molecule is the most fundamental of nutrients, and comprises the main component of living cells. The Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, offers a postgraduate engineering programme in environmental technology, with two spesialisation options, both focusing on sustainable water technologies and aquatic ecosystems management. We aim to provide motivated students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible water managers and engineers. Successful candidates qualify for positions in governmental and private research institutions, public and private environmental management and technical consultants, and as environmental engineers within the industry.


The nominal length of study for the degree is 2 years, and it has a scope of 120 credits.


Content, structure and composition

The Master in Environmental Technology has two specialisations: Water Science and Technology (WST) and Offshore Environmental Engineering (OEE). The overall objective of the WST specialisation is advanced-level analytical and applied knowledge, and competences in aquatic ecology and water treatment. Candidates specialising in OEE will gain advanced-level knowledge in environmental technologies and administrative environmental methods applied in the offshore oil and gas industries. Core objectives for candidates in both specialisations include the ability to suggest, design and operate adequate environmental process technologies based on a profound understanding of recipient aquatic systems. Thus, the included courses provide:


  1. Advanced knowledge of biogeochemical and ecological processes in aquatic environments
  2. Environmental process analysis of technological and natural water systems
  3. Environmental risk assessment of key components in waste waters


Individual focus on 2) or 3) dictates specialisation within the programme.


Our master's degree specialisation in Water Science and Technology is offered to students who wish to focus on aquatic chemistry and ecology, and technologies for water and waste water treatment. As this programme is based more on natural sciences and research, it provides students with fundamental and advanced competences in aquatic chemistry, environmental biotechnology and water process engineering. Our approach is to use fundamental mass and energy balances for design and operation of water and wastewater processing technologies, and system analysis of pollutants in natural water systems. We encourage students to identify adequate available technologies in relation to the ecological mechanisms of receiving environments.


Students who wish to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, or among the many offshore-related service and research companies, are offered a full-time master's degree programme in Offshore Environmental Engineering. The philosophy of this programme is to combine courses in offshore oil and gas exploration, production technologies and environmental management. The programme is suited for students who are interested in practical technological and administrative competences for sound environmental management in offshore industries. Successful candidates will qualify for key positions in environmental engineering and management.


Both specialisations are based on courses that include compulsory and elective subjects. Students use electives and the final thesis to further their understanding of particular subjects of individual interest. We encourage students to look into our areas of research, and the research facilities we offer, for further inspiration.


A master's thesis is compulsory for all candidates and will be included in technical specialisation courses with 30 credits. The thesis should be anchored in real issues of society and industry, or research and development work.

Hva kan du bli

Successful candidates will qualify for key positions in environmental engineering and management, such as positions in governmental and private research institutions, public and private environmental management and technical consultants, and as environmental engineers in the industry. Candidates are also qualified for a Ph.D study in this field.


We meet our former students in oil and gas companies (Statoil, Conoco/Phillips, Shell, Total etc), in the offshore service and consultant industry (Baker-Hughes, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Vetco-Gray, Aker-Kværner, Veritas, Pöyry Energy etc.), in the water and wastewater public and private sector (IVAR, Spesialavfall Rogaland, Fylkesmannen i Rogaland, SFT etc), in the aquaculture industry (Nutreco, EWOS, Pan Fish) and in universities and research institutions (UIS, IRIS, Christian Michelsen Research AS, SINTEF, Bioforsk).


All courses that are part of the programme are evaluated using forms and/or discussion according to faculty guidelines.


Students are advised to travel abroad in the second or third semester. When going abroad you must choose courses that comprise a similar specialisation within your field, and these must be pre-approved before you leave. It is also important that the subjects you study abroad do not overlap in content with subjects already taken here, or to be taken later in your study programme. A good tip is to focus on your specialisation and field.


For the master program in Environmental Technology, the department recommends the following institutions:

  • Aalborg University (DK)
  • Lund University (SWE)
  • Technical University Denmark (DK)
  • University of California, Berkeley (USA)*
  • University of Minnesota (USA)
  • University of Newcastle (UK)
  • University of Wageningen (NL)


  • The University Centre in Svalbard (NO)


*Restricted number of places


Faculty of Science and Technology, telephone (+47) 51 83 17 00, E-mail: