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.


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. See course details for the module.

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. See course details for the module.

In the study module of Arctic studies 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 Arctic 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. See course details for the module.

Study module in Bio- and environmental technology 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 Bio- and environmental technology 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. See course details for the module.

Study module in Changing environments gives students knowledge about environmental changes: what are the history and causes of these changes, and what are the consequences for ecosystems. Students acquire understanding of different study approaches used in environmental changes studies. Students learn concepts and theories in several different areas of environmental sciences, and to critically read research studies on these subjects.

After completing the Study module in Changing environments students will be capable of working in expert professions where knowledge of environmental research is needed. See course details for the module.

Upon completion of the Study module in Environmental chemistry and toxicology, students will be able to understand the interaction between environmental chemicals and organisms, and how this impacts on populations and ecosystems. Study module teaches to understand fate of chemical compounds in nature – air, water, soil, organisms, employing a wide variety of analytical methods.

In the Environmental chemistry and toxicology study module students learn to master a broad set of knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic and advanced areas of environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology. Student will become an expert on specific field of environmental sciences and will be capable to find solutions to the challenges of toxic substances in the environment. Students demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to apply the scientific method in gaining technical expertise and laboratory skills and to critically evaluate and interpret scientific data, information, and laboratory results. See course details for the module.

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. See course details for the module.