Competence profiles

The programme has no tracks and there is in general a large degree of freedom for the students to select courses within the programme. Competence profiles are meant to be an advice on choice of courses and course sequences for competitive specializations. In each competence profile there is an inherent progression.

Water Technology

This competence profile is intended to provide specialization in hydraulic engineering and in surface water hydrology. It is important to note that one can become a hydraulic engineer in both this master's programme and in the master's programme Civil and Architectural Engineering. In our programme, the hydraulic engineering student will acquire advanced knowledge of hydrological processes, whereas in the other programme students are more focused on engineering mechanics. The courses in our sequence give a thorough knowledge on water and solute transport ( AE2201 Environmental Dynamics/Physical Processes ), hydraulics ( AE2612 Hydraulic Engineering ) and applied hydrology, such as urban hydrology ( AE2610 Applied Hydrology ). In addition to the three courses above those interested in hydraulic engineering are also recommended to take the course AF2609 Foundation Engineering , which is also included in the master's programme Civil and Architectural Engineering. However, it is important to note that only those who have passed AF1601 Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering , or equivalent, are eligible for this course. Students who are interested in the modelling of water-related processes are recommended to take the course AE2107 Modeling of Water Systems , in which different hydrological modeling tools are introduced and used.

Environmental Geotechnology

The competence profile in Environmental Geotechnology aims to satisfy a need in the industry, i.e. to educate civil engineers with an expertise in geology, geotechnical engineering and chemistry. These engineers can, for example, work with investigations of contaminated land. The course AE2801 Environmental Chemistry and Risk Assessment  provides knowledge concerning contaminant behaviour in the environment and risk assessment of contaminated sites. The AE2401 Engineering Geology  course gives detailed knowledge existing geological / geotechnical aspects and AF2609 Foundation Engineering  provides a good knowledge of foundations. These three courses are largely complementary, i.e. they are more or less independent of each other. Two examples of suitable additional courses for students interested in this field are AE2104 Environmental Measuring and Monitoring , where different techniques for environmental measurements (including geophysical techniques) are presented, and AG2800 Life Cycle Assessment , which introduces a life cycle perspective on natural resources (including geological resources).

Water and Wastewater Engineering

This competence profile provides advanced knowledge in sanitary engineering including water supply. After the course AE2801 Environmental Chemistry and Risk Assessment , students take an introductory course in sanitary engineering ( AE2304 Water and Wastewater Handling ). The following courses provide knowledge in the production of drinking water from ground water ( AL2301 Applied Hydrogeology ), and purification techniques for waste water and drinking water ( AE2302 Water Treatment Processes and Technology ). Appropriate additional courses may, for example, be AE2612 Hydraulic Engineering  and AE2610 Applied Hydrology , which provide knowledge of hydraulic aspects of, e.g., sanitary sewers. Note however that the prerequisite background A is required to join these courses.

Environmental Management and Information

This competence profile, together with courses in the competence profile 6, Environmental Systems Analysis, provide skills that are of interest in connection with environmental impact assessments for infrastructure projects, urban planning, establishing remediation and monitoring programs, etc. The competence profile focuses on the collection and processing of environmental information, which is essential for environmental engineers working with environmental data. The course AE2503 Environmental Data  provides theoretical and practical knowledge on environmental data collection and data processing in geographic information systems (GIS), as well as GPS. The AL2300 Natural Resources Management Tools  course contains advanced data treatment and analysis by GIS and other tools, for scientific modelling as well as for decision support. AE2104 Environmental Measuring and Monitoring  introduces other techniques for collecting and analysing environmental information, i.e. through surveys, field studies and monitoring as input for in-depth environmental analysis. 4

Sustainable Infrastructure

AG2143 Sustainable Rural and Urban Development  deals with starting points for sustainable infrastructure based on the UN Millennium Development Goals. The course emphasizes the interaction between different measures to achieve sustainable development. The AG2141 Urban Infrastructure  course deepens these issues with a focus on the development of technical infrastructure. The course puts infrastructure in a socio-technical perspective, which means that the development and management of technical infrastructure is viewed in a social context. The course AE2707 Governance of Land and Water Resources  is focused on how use of natural resources can be managed in the long term.

Environmental Systems Analysis

This competence profile provides students with knowledge and skills in the use of a number of important environmental assessment tools. AE2501 Environmental Impact Assessment  is an established legal tool used worldwide. AE2507 Strategic Environmental Assessment  concerns an internationally recognized system of procedures for strategic decisions on environmentally relevant issues. AG2800 Life Cycle Assessment  is a tool used to analyse the life cycles of substances and products, primarily in industrial processes.

Sustainable Societies

The competence profile Sustainable Societies address sustainability from a social perspective. In AG2142 Political Economy for Environmental Planners  global and economic mechanisms are analysed that affect the process of sustainable development. AG2811 Planning for Resilience  has its starting point in these questions and introduces the use of action plans / strategies to meet threats to sustainable development of societies. This knowledge is further strengthened in AG2803 Ecosystems Support and Environmental Justice , which puts action plans and strategies into concrete actions. These are evaluated from an ecological and societal perspective.

The courses in the EESI programme

The courses in the EESI programme have many more links to each other than described here. Further, they can be grouped according to their scientific content. The blue and purple fields embrace the courses that build on natural science and technology, the yellow field embraces the courses that build on social science, while the green field in the middle represents courses that are based on systems analysis, impact assessment and sustainability science, and/or has the ambition to bridge the science-policy interface in different ways.