There are two master’s degree programmes under the main subject of Environmental Science in Kuopio campus: Environmental Health and Technology (ENHET) and Biology of Environmental Change (BEC). The curriculums of both programmes consists of 120 credit points (Cp, ECTS), including language and communication skills studies, methodological studies, advanced level studies (including master's thesis (40 Cp), as well as alternative studies. The major subject studies are complemented with alternative studies in environmental science, biology or in other disciplines e.g. forestry, environmental law and policy, statistics, or sustainable development.
If a minimum of 20 ECTS is completed in one discipline, it will be marked as a minor subject in the degree certificate. All teaching is given in English.
The curriculum consists of lectures, exercises, book exams and hands-on training in research groups. Students will achieve comprehensive knowledge in at least one specialised subject, generic core competencies for scientific research, and skills to apply field-specific methods in the laboratory.
The Master’s thesis includes an experimental element. The aim is to improve the student’s skills in data collection, data analysis and to evaluate the student’s ability to report and discuss the observed results scientifically in relation to existing data and knowledge
In the beginning of the studies, a personal study plan (PSP) shall be prepared for each student with the assistance of the teacher tutor. In order to facilitate the preparation of the PSP, the courses are organised in modules based on their subject and level (basic/advanced).
Practical training in research institutes or other relevant work places (max 10 Cp) can be included in the degree.