Sustainable Water and Sanitation

Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources - Specialisation Sustainable Water and Sanitation

Do you want to work with one of the most pressing environmental problems worldwide – water and sanitation? Do you want to find sustainable solutions that give lower climate footprint, increased food security and climate resilience?

Duration: 2 Years
Start: Autumn 2019
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What can you use this qualification for?
The United Nations targets access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for all by 2030. The EU water directive has increased the activity in the water sector. This generates a need for experts that can design sustainable solutions. Students find employment in national and international institutions, municipalities, consultant companies, and industry or can start their own business.
What will you learn?

The program explores sustainable solutions for poor and rich countries. Students are provided an overview of technical solutions and advantages and limitations of different water and sanitary systems, as well as socioeconomic factors of relevance for successful implementation. Furthermore, the program aims to build necessary competence to design and implement decentralized and small-scale solutions for water and sanitation, including natural and source separating systems for wastewater treatment

Short description

The first year provides an introduction to sustainable water and sanitation, health and development, soils and hydrogeology, as well as the initiating your thesis project. The second year is dedicated to technical design of systems, advanced courses in hydrogeology, water pollution, limnology and/or water treatment treatment and your MSc thesis. The program has focus on problem based learing and solving of cases from different parts of the world in group work. Local cases are utilized to give “hands-on”experience. The MSc thesis project is taken over the last semester, but students are encouraged to start the work/data collection earlier. Thesis work in a foreign country is a great learning experience and is encouraged. The students have possibilities to take a semester or thesis work with for example one of our sister programs in Nepal or Pakistan or with research partners in Canada or Alaska.

The program offers an active and social student life. 

Examples of previous MSc theses

Study plan


For general admission criteria to NMBU master's programs please click here.

Program-specific admission requirements: Applicants should have an university bachelor degree equivalent to at least 180 ECTS.

The curricula should comprise basic courses in natural science (maths, statistic, biology, chemistry and physic) equivalent to at least 60 ETCS and advanced courses equivalent to at least 80 ECTS in the fields of geology, soil science, plant science, limnology, hydrology, environmental chemistry, radioecology, biology,ecology or natural resource management. Please note that students with a former master degree from Norway will not be prioritized

Application deadlines for non-norwegian applicants: 
December 01
How to apply

Application deadlines for 
Norwegian applicants:
June 01 
Application form