Agricultural University of Iceland

Agricultural University of Iceland

If you have an interest in ecosystem level processes, and changes that happen at the nature-social interface  the Agricultural University of Iceland will be your entry point. In Iceland you will gain first-hand experience studying in a sub-arctic environment. If you choose AUI as your entry point you will spend the first two semesters of the programme in Iceland, including the second semester when all other EnCHiL students will be in Iceland as well. Your obligatory mobility period will happen in the second year, when you  go to one of the other degree-awarding universities (LU or UH; where from you can select among five different study track). In the last semester you can choose to come back to AUI, stay at LU or UH or do a thesis project at any of the other EnCHiL associated partner institutions. If the Agricultural University of Iceland is your entry point you will obtain a diploma from AUI and the other degree-awarding partner you choose to visit in the second year.

Overview of EnCHiL programme structure with AUI as the entry point

Below you can find a list of courses that you will take in the first year of the EnCHiL programme if your entry point is the Agricultural University of Iceland. Courses in blue are common to the EnCHiL programme. Number of ECTS for each course is indicated in brackets. Courses during the second year will be chosen in consultation with the local academic coordinator.

Autumn 1 *

EnCHil program I: e- welcome (0)

07.93.03 Icelandic Nature (5)

07.36.01 Arctic Circle (2)

07.94.01 Icelandic Nature field course (2)

* If students have already comparable courses in their earlier studies, the program coordinator will help them with replacing some of these courses with alternative ones.

07.85.03 Ecosystem Ecology and Sustainable Management (6) 

ATM308 Statistical tools for climate and atmospheric science (5) [distance learning]

ATM389 Living with changing climate (5) [distance learning]

ATM302 Climate Now (2+3) [distance learning]

Spring 1 *

08.31.03 Arctic forum (5)

08.32.01 EnCHiL forum (1)

08.34.03 Subarctic Soil Biology and Lateral Transport (6)

05.85.02 Communication in Environmental and Natural Resource Issues (4)

* These are the most frequently courses taught in the Iceland Spring, but there is some flexibility in the curriculum each year.

08.44.02 Governance and Sustainable Resource Management (6)

08.33.01 Arctic Planning and Environmental Changes (2)

07.12.01 Graduate Student Seminar (1)

08.35.02 Air-Sea Exchange of Greenhouse gases (5)

Autumn 2

Programme courses during Autumn 2 for students starting at AUI, but doing their mandatory mobility semester at the University of Helsinki (UH) or Lund University (LU). The number of ECTS credits is indicated in brackets. At AUI:UH students can select between two study tracks (ST-1 or 2) but the AUI:LU students can select between three study tracks (ST-1, 2 or 3). These tracks are indicative, and course selection within each track can also be modified in light of the students’ background and thesis topic, in collaboration with the local academic coordinators.

Suggested courses available during Autumn 2 for students starting at AUI and doing their mobility period at the University of Helsinki (AUI:UH) or at Lund University (AUI:LU)

AUI:UH Autumn 2



ST-1 Physical sciences

ST-2 Ecological sciences


ATM 301 Atmospheric and Earth Sciences today (5)

ATM 301 Atmospheric and Earth Sciences today (5)


ATM357 Atmospheric Radiation (5)

FYS2034 Basic of climatology (2)


ATM347 Boundary Layer Physics I   (5)

FYS 2031 Basics of meteorology (5)


FOR-208 Basics of Biometeorology (5)

FOR-208 Basics of Biometeorology (3-5)


ATM306 Basics of atmospheric chemistry (5)

FOR-228 Biogeochemical cycles and forest management interactions (5)


ATM309 Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedback (5)

ATM309 Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedback (5)


AUI:LU Autumn 2



ST-1 GIS skills

ST-2 Measuring and scaling skills

ST-3 Modelling skills

NGE-A11 GIS I (15)

NGE-N16 Biosphere-atmosphere interaction (15)

EGEN13 Programming for Applications in Geomatics, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science (15)

NGE-A12 GIS advanced (15)

NGE17 Global Ecosystem Dynamics (15)

MS-thesis work (15)

EnCHiL Nordic Master Programme

At the core of EnCHiL are universities and research institutions that have been successfully collaborating by offering individual online and field-based MSc and PhD courses in Iceland and Greenland over the past decade. The partners of the EnCHiL consortium have a long experience in process-based research and teaching.



Programme structure



Career prospects

Agricultural Univ of Iceland

Lund University 

University of Helsinki

The Programme is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers