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Contaminated soils - risk assessment and remediation

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Additional course evaluations for TE0020

Academic year 2020/2021

Contaminated soils - risk assessment and remediation (TE0020-10272) 2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Contaminated soils - risk assessment and remediation (TE0020-10106) 2019-09-02 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Contaminated soils - risk assessment and remediation (TE0020-10118) 2018-09-03 - 2019-01-20

TE0020 Contaminated soils - risk assessment and remediation, 20.0 Credits

Förorenad mark - riskbedömning och åtgärder

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Soil science Technology

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Theory module  10.00 1002
Project module  10.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to:
• 120 ECTS first-cycle courses, including
• 70 ECTS Technology,
• 15 ECTS Chemistry,
• 10 ECTS Biology,
• 10 ECTS Soil Sciences or Earth Sciences
• a level of Swedish equivalent to the general entry requirements to Swedish first-cycle courses and study programmes.


The general aim of the course is to make students capable of handling the chain of actions pertaining to remediation of contaminated land, ranging from investigation and risk assessment to design of soil remediation and control programmes; they should also acquire a good understanding of the underlying theories and assumptions of computing models used to estimate contaminant transport and risk assessment.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
• carry out a preliminary investigation as well as design a sampling protocol for contaminated land,
• carry out both a simplified and detailed risk assessments for areas contaminated with metals and/or organic substances,
• understand mechanisms of transport, turnover and effects in the environment of different organic pollutants and metals,
• use some common computer-based models for transport of contaminants in soil and groundwater,
• carry out an investigation and risk evaluation for different types of contaminated areas,
• account for preconditions and methods for remediation of contaminated soil,
• search and evaluate scientific information critically.


The course is part of the ‘Soil and Environment’ semester within the programme. It consists of a 10-ECTS project and a 10-ECTS theoretical part intimately connected to the project. The project part is carried out as case assignments performed by student groups and dealing with, for instance, land set aside for building and previously exposed to contamination from a petrol station, surface treatment of metals or wood impregnation etc. Although the project is introduced in the beginning of the course, its major part is performed during the second half of the course. The project is divided into parts that that reflect the phases of realistic treatment of contaminated land.

The course content follows the different parts of the project: site investigation, risk assessment, remediation design and monitoring programs. The site-investigation part treats data collection from existing sources, sampling techniques (soil, sediment, surface water and ground water), as well as design of a sampling protocol. Central concepts in the risk assessment part are soil- and water chemistry of contaminants, transport of contaminants in soil- and groundwater as well as toxicology. Strong emphasis is placed on The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s risk assessment protocol, which is used and critically examined during the course. The remediation-design part treats different methods for soil remediation, including the preconditions for soil remediation. New, ‘green’ methods, such as bio- and phytoremediation, are described as well as conventional methods like soil washing. The remediation-design part also includes general costing estimates for remediation, risk evaluation and design of control programs.

The teaching is given as lectures, case studies, study visits, computer exercises and seminars. The project work is carried out in collaboration with companies and/or public authorities and is followed by oral and/or written presentation. Also guest lectures by representatives from companies and public authorities occur. Active participation in exercises as well as implementation and presentation of project work are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

The following is required for a pass mark on course:
• passed written examination,
• passed presentations of exercises and literature assignments,
• passed written and/or oral presentations of the project,
• approved participation in compulsory components.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Soil and Environment
Cooperating departments:
Department of Molecular Sciences
Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: TE0011
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Master Programme in Environmental and Water Engineering Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 50738 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Soil science Technology
Course code: TE0020 Application code: SLU-10194 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Soil and Environment Pace: 65%