Soil, Water and Environment

Published: 21 March 2024
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Information for those studying on the Master's programme (two-year) in Soil, Water and Environment. On this page you will find information about the programme, contact details and the documents governing the degree programme.

Welcome letter

Congratulations on your place at SLU and on the Soil, Water and Environment Master’s programme! We look forward to meeting you here in Uppsala this autumn.

The autumn semester 2024 begins with roll call and study information.

Date: Monday 2 September.

Time and place: On the pages for new students, you will find information about the study start and when the roll call for your programme begins.

On these pages, you will also find all the information you need as a new student at SLU, including information about the orientation days. The orientation days are not mandatory but we recommend that you attend them. They take place at the end of August, before the semester starts, and provide essential and useful information about your stay in Sweden and your studies at SLU.

Your first course will be Soil Water Processes in Agroecosystems. On the course page, you will find a timetable for your classes and other course-related information. Timetables and reading lists will be published at least four weeks before the course starts.

Read more about the programme syllabus and content here:
Soil, Water and Environment programme page

The next two years will be exciting, a lot of hard work and also a lot of fun. During your studies, you will take courses in different subjects at different departments, often together with students from other programmes. The SWE programme will provide you with advance knowledge in soil and water management and combines scientific training with applied knowledge. You will be trained in the ability to assess the effects of various types of soil use on soil and water quality and to design and apply relevant management methods. The programme covers in-depth elements in soil science and applied parts in sustainable soil and water use. Some courses focus on international aspects of soil and water management. The studies conclude with an independent project (degree project) where you will implement your knowledge on a current issue within the subject area of sustainable soil and water use.

Upon completion of the programme, depending on the choice of courses, you will be awarded with a Master of Science in either Soil science or Environmental science. After your education, your expertise will be needed within public authorities from local to national levels as well as within research or private companies such as consultancy firms, both nationally and internationally. You will also have good opportunities to become a PhD student.  

Once again, welcome to SLU!

Karin Hamnér & Hanna Friberg

Director of Studies

Independent Project

What are the rules for those doing an independent project as part of the Soil and Water Management programme?

In order to be awarded the degree of Master of Science, you must carry out an independent project/degree project at master level (A2E) worth at least 30 credits. All independent projects have a course syllabus and the course schedule indicates when these courses are offered.


Course subject area and level

Course syllabuses provide information about a course’s subject area(s) and its level and specialisation. The syllabus is available from the course’s webpage which you can search for here. If you are studying on a programme, you can in most cases click the course heading on the programme’s course schedule to go to the course page.


  • G1N: First-cycle level, only upper secondary entry requirements
  • G1F: First-cycle level, fewer than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirement
  • G2F: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement
  • G2E: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement, contains a degree project for the Degree of Bachelor
  • A1N: Second-cycle level, only first-cycle course(s) as entry requirement – at SLU, a minimum of 120 credits at first-cycle level is required
  • A1F: Second-cycle level, contains degree project for
    Master’s degree (60 credits)
  • GXX: First-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified
  • AXX: Second-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified

Course schedule academic year 23/24

Course schedule 24/25 (PDF)

Course schedule academic year 24/25

Overview picture Course schedule Soil, Water and Environment

Year 1

Year 2

Research internship

2024-11-01 - 2025-01-19
15.0 hp
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If you would like to apply for this programme

This page is for students currently studying on the programme. If you are not currently a student but would like to apply, you can read more about the programme’s content and the application process here.


Programme Director of Studies - Soil, Water and Environment

Karin Hamnér, researcher

Department of Soil and Environment, 018-67 12 36


Deputy Programme Directors of Studies

Hanna Friberg, researcher

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, 018-671876, 070-3931106