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Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources - Specialisation Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)

Together with other research institutes established at Aas, UMB provides state-of-the-art knowledge based on a broad range of disciplines. UMB's main objectives are:

  • To be a major player in the field of life sciences, focusing on the core disciplines:
    • biology, food and environmental science
    • land use and natural resource management
    • as well as associated aesthetic and technical subjects
  • To actively contribute to business development and continue to strengthen the scientific basis for agriculture, aquaculture and other industries based on the utilisation of natural resources.

A broad range of study programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD level.

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Contact (person and/or unit) Ingrid Bugge
Telephone +47 64965525
Programme duration 2 years
Programme description The main objective of the programme is to provide the students with competence and skills raised by challenges related to inadequate water and sanitation with special focus on developing countries. It also aims at providing the students with an overview of potential technical solutions and knowledge of the advantages and limitations of different water and sanitary systems (large and small scale), as well as socioeconomic factors of relevance for successful implementation in different parts of the world.

Areas covered by the programme include:
- Water resources and water management
- Ecological engineering
- Conventional and decentralised wastewater treatment systems
- Natural systems wastewater treatment
- Health and development
Application deadline December 1 for international applicants

June 1 for applicants holding a Norwegian or Nordic degree, or a Norwegian Civic Registration number (fødselsnummer).
Nokut certification Yes
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Formal prerequisites Admission requirements:Applicants should have an university bachelor degree equivalent to at least 180 ECTS.

The curricula should comprise basic courses innatural science (maths, statistic, biology, chemistry and physic)equivalent to at least 60 ETCS and advanced courses equivalent to atleast 80 ECTS in the fields of geology, soil science, plant science, limnology, hydrology, environmental chemistry, radioecology, biology,ecology or natural resource management. Further have students to document sufficient English proficiency.

For admission to English-language Master´s programmes, one of the following special admission requirements for English apply:
a) foundation/level 1 course in English at upper secondary school (5 weekly periods) with the mark 4 or better (alternatively, a pass in the English Advanced course I and/or II)
b) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a result of at least 550 points for the Paper-based test (PBT), 213 points for the Computer-based test (CBT) and 80 points for the Internet-based test (IBT)
c) International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.0
d) other approved documentation following an individual assessment
Tuition No tuition fees
Subject area Natural Sciences
Degree level Master
City Ås, Norway
Credits 120
Language of teaching English
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