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Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

SLU är ett universitet med samlad kunskap om ett hållbart nyttjande av de biologiska naturresurserna, inom miljö och inom livsvetenskaperna. Läs mer

Soil and Water Management

Land and water management are needed everywhere in society, with everything from local government to international organizations. This master's program prepares you to work as land and water expert or pursue a career in research.

Work on soil and water issues are becoming increasingly important in society. EU water of reduced eutrophication and pollution reduction puts high demands on people with good knowledge of the area. Other key elements that are important to take into account, for example, conservation strategies of land and assessment of markkolsområden based on the scenarios we face with climate change.

Land and water experts are needed for different types of authorities at the local to the national level and in research. Those aiming for an international career can apply for development agencies, research institutions, in organizations, consulting firms, national or international authorities.

What you read on the program

This program prepares you for the challenge of developing land and water management, while minimizing the negative effects on the environment and health. The program focuses on science, but you will be trained to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

The use and quality of land and water are closely linked and must be understood together. The program provides a comprehensive picture of how land and water processes interact in a landscape perspective. We are exploring routes for water, nutrients and other elements through the soil and plants to the atmosphere or through the soil to groundwater and surface water. The content of the program is based on modern basic and applied research. You will be trained to evaluate the effects of agricultural, forestry and urbanization on soil and water and to develop and use appropriate management techniques to achieve important environmental goals. Case studies from Sweden, other European countries and subtropical / tropical countries are used as educational tools.

The first semester focuses on improving your understanding of the processes controlling fluxes of water and matter in the landscape (soil physics, soil chemistry and soil biology). The second semester focuses on how land use affects water quality, including eutrophication, environmental monitoring and evaluations (mainly from Scandinavian and European perspective). Additionally, you can choose eg a 5 credit course in "biogeochemistry - cycle and climate change" and courses in GIS or systems analysis. The third semester includes courses in soil classification, land evaluation, ensure nutrient cycling and the risk of contamination from a broader international perspective. Optionally, you can choose 15 credits in the other disciplines (eg economics, environmental communication, management of natural resources). Finally, during the fourth semester you will complete your degree (30 credits).

The program provides a good foundation for continuing graduate to PhD degree in eg Soil Science and Environmental Analysis at SLU or in similar areas at another university. SLU hosts several graduate schools.

Future outlook
With global change, population growth and intensive land use is the need for expert knowledge on the question how to minimize the negative impacts on soil and water resources vital for our survival. This is why the demand for advanced land and water experts is increasing in society.

The program will provide you with a master's degree in soil science or environmental science - with focus on soil and water.