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More about the programme

Atmospheric science is a subject covering many aspects and disciplines. It includes the understanding of human activity linked to physical and chemical properties of the atmospheric system.

The impact on the atmospheric system from industry, farming, forestry and the use of various fuels are considerable both on local and global scale. The area of atmospheric science also covers the environmental impacts on humans and ecosystems.

Currently hot areas are the understanding of the greenhouse effect, interaction of climate change and ecosystems and the effects of environmental impacts on human health. Other important areas are for example urban development and deteriation of material including our cultural heritage. The processes occurring in the atmosphere are fundamental and the tools used to study these processes are valuable also within other disciplines, e.g. analytical measurement methods.

The Atmospheric Science Program is strongly linked to research at University of Gothenburg and the Chalmers University of Technology. The authorities and relevant industrial partners depend on knowledge in emission, monitoring and control of air pollutants. Furthermore, the atmospheric science community has a long tradition in understanding and solving atmospheric issues on an international arena. The duration of the programme is two years that comprises 120 hec.

Carrier opportunities

The aim is to individually prepare students for either research or administrative tasks where solid knowledge in atmospheric science is of concern. Typically, the student after passing this master programme could initiate an academic career, conduct research on industrial applications or be an advisor expert within the governmental/administrative sector.

Outline of the programme

The year is divided in quarters, each representing 15 hec points, during which one or two courses are read. For most quarters there are several suggestions to ensure individual flexibilities. The programme consists of mandatory cources (15 hec), optional cources (45-60 hec) and the thesis works (45-60 hec) as described below.

Mandatory courses

Master thesis

60 hec in total (optional 45 hec). Can be initiated from quarter 2, year 1 and the work can be distributed over the two years or condensed during the last year pending on the nature of the thesis and selection of optional courses. However, it is recommended to be conducted towards the end of the master programme.

Optional courses (subject to changes)

From the list of optional courses the student can individually design their master by selecting corresponding courses. In standard case the students should take 45 hec of optional courses. Note that it exist coincidence (two courses are given at the same time) and that additional entrance requirements could apply for some courses which may limit the selection.

  • Aerosols 15 hec, Q4 (evey second year)
  • Applied climatology 7.5 hec, Q2 
  • Atmospheric chemistry 15 hec, Q2
  • Energy and Environment: Processes, Efficiency, and Impacts, 15 hec, Q4 (every second year)
  • Geographic information system 15 hec Q3
  • Global change biology, Q1, 15 hec
  • International environmental agreements 15 hec, Q3
  • Ocean and atmosphere circulations 7.5 hec Q3
  • Paleoclimatology 7.5 hec Q1
  • Remote sensing 7.5 hec, Q3

ABS programme

In addition the programme is part of the Nordic ABS program (Atmosphere - Biosphere Studies ) with additional cources at other Nordic univeristies. See ABS webpage for further information: ABS-homepage

Carrier opportunities

Typically, the student after passing this master programme could initiate an academic career, conduct research on industrial applications or be an advisor expert within the governmental/ administrative sector.

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-05-26