Arctic Environment Forensics

Arctic Environmental Forensics

Master of science (2 year) Full time

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Are you interested in solving enviromental problems? NMBU's researchers are leading in environmental chemistry and natural science chemistry. Arctic Environmental Forensics is a study option under Master of Science in Chemistry.


BSc in Chemistry. Please read the admission regulations.

Application deadline:

April 15th
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Høst 2022
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In collaboration with Örebro University (Sweden) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), A Nordic Master Program in Arctic Environmental forensics" was established. This program is established as a part of NMBUs Master in Chemistry. You can apply for this Nordic Master via NMBUs Master in Chemistry.

As a student on Arctic Environmental Forensics your first semester will be at Örebro University, Sweden, whereas your second semester will be at NMBU, Norway. Please read more here.

NMBU cooperate with UNIS - the University Centre in Svalbard. Master students may follow courses at Svalbard during their second semester.  

Job opportunities

Knowledge in chemistry is an important competence for solving environmental problems. 

Master candidates in chemistry can work in the chemical industry, within science, or in chemical laboratories, in general. 

With additional pedagogy studies, you may teach chemistry at the Norwegian high school level. 

A master of science in chemistry may qualify for PhD studies.

Learning outcomes

Master students in chemistry typically study either environmental/inorganic chemistry or natural science/organic chemistry, but a combination is also possible. The study option in Arctic Environmental forensics will combine analytical chemistry, modeling, chemometrics (statistics), and source elucidation for fate elucidation of chemical contaminants and pollution in Northern and Arctic environments.In environmental chemistry you learn to assess the consequences of environmental pollution.

You study the sources and effects of pollution using advanced analytical methods in field or laboratory studies. 

Exchange opportunities

The study option in Arctic Environmental Forensics is built upon student exchange between The contributing Universities Örebro University (Sweden), the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), and NMBU. There is an opportunity to join graduate and post-graduate level classes at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) and conduct fieldwork in Northern Scandinavia and Svalbard.

Admission requirements

All applicants need to fill in a motivation letter and include it in their application.

Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations.
  • BSc in Chemistry, or equivalent, including 80 credits (ECTS) chemistry specialization.
  • Applicants with 60 credits (ECTS) of chemistry are also qualified provided that the final 20 credits of chemistry is included in the master degree.
  • The mean grade of the BSc degree must be C (ECTS) or higher. Certain BSc candidates, with low theoretical chemistry knowledge, may need a mean grade equal to B (ECTS) to get admission.