Environmental Change
The Environmental Change study track (30ECTS) comprises of disciplinary modules. Most of the the modules are 15 ECTS.

You can choose two different modules (15 + 15 ECTS credits) to complete the required 30 ECTS credits for your advanced studies. Some modules also offer the possibility to expand the module with elective studies to 30 ECTS credits for more in-depth competence within the module.

Ag­ri­cul­ture and en­vir­on­ment

Having completed the study module in Agriculture and environment, each student is able to describe the agricultural ecosystem and key features about main farming systems. Students have a solid understanding of the agricultural production process and are able to list and describe the main categories of environmental impacts of agriculture.

In the Agriculture and environment study module students learn to interpret research reports considering environmental impacts of agriculture, ecological efficiency and use of natural resources. Students are able to position impacts of agriculture as a sub-system within the broader production and consumption system. 

Aquatic sci­ences

Study module in Aquatic sciences offers students comprehensive knowledge on the functioning of aquatic ecosystems, both marine and freshwater, including their food webs, and biological, chemical and physical regulatory mechanisms.

Students acquire skills in planning and carrying out aquatic ecosystem research, including both experimental and field studies. The Aquatic sciences study module also teaches students to diagnose the main environmental problems of aquatic ecosystems and to apply research-based solutions; e.g. management and  restoration planning. 

Northern ecosystems and environment

In the study module of Northern ecosystems and environment  students will develop an understanding of specific environmental issues related to the Arctic and knowledge of long-term perspective on Arctic environmental changes and human activities. Students get familiar with real-world problems and abilities for their management and solving.

The Northern ecosystems and environment study module deals with central theories, concepts and glossary of Arctic research, including the questions of resilience, bifurcations and critical transitions. Students also learn key research methods and approaches and data acquisition means and become familiar with Arctic literature and topical research reports. 

Chemical pollution

Study module in Chemical pollution teaches students to evaluate the functions of drinking water and wastewater treatments, waste recycling, and related bioreactors and bioenergy production. Students learn to evaluate remediation needs and performance (contaminated air, water, soil) and to understand the employability skills, or commercialization possibilities of own competences.

Within the Chemical pollution study module students also learn legislation related to environmental biotechnology, relations between bio- and environmental technology and social sciences, and the basics of biotechnology product development. 

En­vir­on­mental soil science

After completing the study module in Environmental soil science the student has in-depth knowledge of the advanced concepts and theories of Environmental Soil Science and can apply them in new contexts. Students learn advanced research methods in Environmental Soil Science and can apply them independently for research work. Students also learn to apply theoretical knowledge of Environmental Soil Science for solving advanced practical problems. 

Baltic Sea

This module offers an overall framework for understanding, analyzing and solving regional environmental problems, using the Baltic Sea as a case study. The students will gain understanding about the causal interactions between the human and natural system:

  • multiple anthrophogenic and natural drivers and pressures that affect the marine ecosystem
  • contribution of marine ecosystem services to human welfare
  • role of mitigation and adaptation measures, national and international policies and marine governance

The students will learn central concepts and tools from relevant disciplines (natural sciences, environmental economics and social sciences) needed in the analysis of sustainable marine management and governance. The student will learn to work as a group to access collective intelligence and multidisciplinary balanced view to marine management.

Urban sciences

The aim is to introduce students to the basics of urban ecology and to help them become aware of the impacts of urbanisation on nature, the world and human beings. Both theoretical and practical courses will prepare the student to meet urbanization challenges, such as ecosystem degradation, policy issues, and management and planning. After completion, the student will be able to identify urban environmental/social problems, and have the toolkit to meet these challenges and solve the problems with other interested parties.