Environmental Science MA, Methodology from a Systems Perspective, 7,5 Credits


Environmental Science MA, Methodology from a Systems Perspective, 7,5 Credits

General data

  • Code: MX003A
  • Subject/Main field: Environmental Science
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Natural science, Design, and Sustainable Development
  • Approved: 8/13/2007
  • Date of change: 1/13/2023
  • Version valid from: 7/1/2023


The student will acquire knowledge regarding a number of key methodological tools in Ecotechnology and Environmental Science.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:
- describe the conceptual structure of the discussed methods.
- explain the characteristics of the discussed methods.
- describe the usefulness, limitations and applications of the discussed methods.
- apply LCA methodology.


The course covers scientific methods applicable in the field of eco-technology and environmental science. Methods covered include among others energy systems analysis, lifecycle analysis, and ecological footprints.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor of at least 180 Credits (180 ECTS) or equivalent, with at least 30 Credits (30 ECTS) in Environmental Science or Environmental Technology/Engineering.
Proven language proficiency in English (English course B), for example shown from one of the following international English tests:
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 on a paper based test and not below 4.5 on the TWE
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 90 on internet based test and not below 20 on the TWE
- IELTS Academic Training with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score on the specific parts of at least 5.5.

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and various forms of exercises. Computer applications might be used.

Examination form

1000: Examination, 5.0 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

I100: Assignment, 2.5 Credits
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written reporting

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at www.miun.se/gradingcriteria.

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Other information

The course language is English.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Wrisberg, Nicoline and Udo de Haes, Helias A. (eds.)
  • Title: Analytical Tools for Environmental Design and Management in a Systems Perspective
  • Edition: 2002
  • Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
  • Comment: Or equivalet: "The CHAINET report" provided by the institution
  • Author: Grönlund, Erik and Longueville, Anna (eds.)
  • Title: Society's steering systems - a Friend book to Inga Carlman
  • Edition: 2016
  • Publisher: Dept. of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering, Mid Sweden University, Östersund
  • Comment: ISBN 978-91-88025-97-5
  • Author: Baumann, Henrikke and Tillman, Anne-Marie
  • Title: The Hitch Hiker's Guide to LCA
  • Edition: 2004
  • Publisher: Studentlitteratur, Lund
  • Title: Compendium in environmental systems methodology

The page was updated 9/2/2014