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AE2801 Environmental Chemistry and Risk Assessment 7.5 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure, åk 1, Conditionally Elective


P2 (7.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 20

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AE2801 (Autumn 2014–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Geochemistry of contaminants in soils, sediments, groundwaters and surface waters. Adsorption and organic complexation models for metals. Field work with soil sampling including study visit to contaminated site. Methods for chemical analysis of contaminants in soils and waters. Basic ecotoxicology. Principles of environmental risk assessment, and application of the Swedish system for risk assessment of contaminated soils. Remediation technologies. Current research issues. Part of the course is project-based, in which course participants characterize soil and perform risk assessment for a contaminated site. 

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the students should be able to:

- estimate the geochemical fate of pollutants from basic information and by applying geochemical models

- interpret analytical measurements of metals and organic pollutants in different media

- interpret ecotoxicological information for contaminants

- understand the principles of environmental risk assessment

- apply today's risk assessment systems for contaminated soils and waters, although with a critical mind

- understand the principles of some common and successful soil remediation methods

- be familiar with some of the most important research issues in the field of environmental geochemistry.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in the field of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or another subject with clear relevance to the course, of at least 180 ECTS credits, which includes General Chemistry and/or Environmental Soil Chemistry (or equivalent) for at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Proficiency in English (English B or equivalent).   

Recommended prerequisites

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Gustafsson, J.P., Jacks, G., Simonsson, M. & Nilsson, I. Soil and water chemistry.

Rapporter från Naturvårdsverket.

Kompletterande litteratur som annonseras på kursens webbsida innan kursstart.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment, Environmental Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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