Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Are you interested in protecting the environment? Would you like to discover new ways to secure a sustainable use of our natural resources and to mitigate climate change? Do you think it is interesting to work in an interdisciplinary manner, with other students? The Master’s programme in Environmental Science at Aalborg University offers you the opportunity to participate in the development of new processes and technologies, that can ensure a sustainable use and management of natural resources, a reduced climate impact, and a better environmental quality.

One of the best engineering courses in the world

If you take an engineering education at Aalborg University, you will attend one of the best engineering education in the world! In 2018, our engineering programs were named the fourth best in the world by 178 experts surveyed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At the same time, AAU was named the best engineering university in Europe for the second time in six months. 

Academic content

The programme is interdisciplinary and you use your knowledge within chemistry, physics, biology, and microbiology to study and solve environmental challenges in cities, industries, agriculture and nature.

In your semester projects, you and your project group will explore complex and often interdisciplinary issues within the field of environmental science and you are challenged to use all of your knowledge to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to occasionally collaborate with external organisations and businesses in your projects to get an idea of the work processes and current issues in the industry. This can prepare you better for your own work life after you graduate, and it can provide you with a professional network. This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

The Master’s programme entitles you to the designation Master of Science (MSc) in Technology (Environmental Science). 

Within Environmental Science, you can for instance work with energy from biomass and waste, biological air cleaning in industry and animal farming, methods for rapid detection of bacteria in drinking water, biological methods for assessment of water quality in rivers and lakes and mitigation of greenhouse gases and recycling of nutrients.

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You can choose a career in

  • The public sector such as the technical department in municipalities or counties where you can work with regeneration of natural areas, management of contamination cases or environmental control of agriculture and industry
  • The private sector as a consulting engineer or in the industry where you may work with environmental management and optimisation of the production
  • Innovation, development and marketing of new green technology
  • Ministries or public governments where you can put your fingerprint on the future environmental policy
  • Research and teaching within the university system where you can be part of the invention and development of the methods and technologies that will form the basis for making our society more sustainable in the future. You will also be part of shaping the new candidates that are to bring this technology from idea to reality

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Studylife at aalborg university

PROBLEM based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.


Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.


At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.


The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.

studying in aalborg

As a university city Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.


Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.


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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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