Master of Science (Environmental Science)


It is well recognized that rapid economic development brings with it serious environmental problems such as deforestation. soil erosion, loss of biodiversity. pollution and climatic change. In most developing countries in Asia, where environmental problems are arising faster than they ever did during the industrial revolution in the West. environmental problems often go undetected until it is too late to solve them.

The program provides students with the basic tools and concepts of, environmental monitoring and emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment, analysis and solving of environment problems in developing countries. Students who successfully complete the program will be competent in such activities as pollution monitoring, land use planning. ecosystem rehabilitation and the preparation of environmental impact assessments for development projects.





1. To develop the knowledge and technology needed to solve emerging pollution problems and to plan for their prevention.

2. To carry out research to determine the fate of pollutants in ecosystems and to determine the risk of their detrimental effects on human health and agriculture.

3. To train students in surveying and monitoring techniques to determine the original condition of ecosystems and to enable rapid assessments to be made for hazard prevention.

4. To promote research to encourage the proper use of natural resources that minimize waste and hazards to health and the environment.



The program takes 2 years (40 credits) to complete. Courses are organized in three sections: core courses, elective courses and a research thesis. The language of instruction for all courses is English.



Core courses are designed to provide a common grounding for students entering the program from different backgrounds. The following courses are compulsory for all students.

Concept of Ecology and Environmental Science

Biomonitoring Techniques and Management for Tropical Ecosystems

Laboratory on Environmental Biomonitoring Techniques

Environmental Analytical Chemistry for Environmental Science

Standards and Regulations in Environmental Law

M.S. Seminar in Environmental Science

M.S. Seminar in Environmental Science II



The program allows enrollment in a minimum of two elective courses totaling at least six credits.

The purpose of the elective courses is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of subjects of particular interest. Students are advised to consult the guidance committee in order to formulate their study program on enrollment.



To complete the program a student must submit a thesis for an acceptable standard based on original research.



The students will have a wide choice of research topics for their thesis. The followings are examples of research interests of the staff.

- Bioindicators for water, air, soil and forest quality

- Reforestation technologies

- Environmental effects of power plants

- Quality of underground water and hydrogeology of underground water

- Risk assessment for health from drinking water and household water

-Water pollution monitoring and waste water treatment

-Chemical hazardous waste monitoring

-Chromatographic techniques for environmental samples analysis




Applicants should have a bachelor degree in biology. chemistry. geological sciences, geography. agriculture, environmental science, environmental engineering of related fields.' Admission to the program is determined by

1) the applicants previous academic record

2) letter of recommendation

3) work experiences

4) proficiency in English



S. Natalabhochai, V. Anunsarnsunthorn, P. Asnachinda,

S. Bowornsombat, S. Chantara, P.Chantaramongkol,

S. Elliott, K. Grudpan, A. Jatisatienr, T.Jetiyanukomkul,

S. Karntawanichkul, J.F. Maxwell, Y. Peerapornpisal,

T. Prapamontol, B. Ratanasathien, M. Rayanakorn.

W. Roongruangwongse, W. Saipunkaew, C. Sangpakdee.

N. Sitasuwan, S. Sonthichai, M.Sukchotiratana,

S. Suwanaratana, P. Thavornyutikarn, S.Traichaiyaporn,

U. Vinitketkumnuen, S. Wangkarn, S. Watanesk,

Assoc. Prof. H Mosbeck



The Chairman, Environmental Science Program Faculty of Science

Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai 50200, THAILAND

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