Logo UHasselt


CMK - Centre for Environmental Sciences


CMK - Centre for Environmental Sciences

Logo UHasselt Universiteit Hasselt - Knowledge in action



The CMK is involved in trainings in the 3 UHasselt faculties. Besides the professors and assistants, there are also several doctoral students and post-doctoral collaborators who participate in education.

Training bachelor biology

93 credits (52%) of the 180 credits of this training are offered by the CMK members as compulsory courses. 25 credits are offered as an optional course and the students have the possibility to use 10 credits for their thesis. 25 % of these components belong to the field of biodiversity, 18 % to the field of physiology and the molecular biology, 16 % are components concerning environment and 5% of these components belong to the other fields.

Training bachelor chemistry

In this training, CMK contributes about 20 credits.

Training biomedical sciences

Several CMK partners contribute to the education in 1st and 2nd Bachelor BMW (Biomedical Sciences). Both the attractive minor (10 credits) and the major (15 credits) programmes are offered in the third bachelor BMW in the field of environment. Besides this, the CMK laboratories also take care of a significant number of thesis students and internship students. The laboratories can use the available infrastructure for this purpose.

Environmental management in the TEW (Applied Economics) faculty

Academic year 2006-07: 2nd lic TEW-option Policy Management: 'Environmental Policy' (4 credits)
Academic year 2007-08:
2nd Ma lic TEW-option Policy Management: ‘Environmental Policy (6 credits)
1st Ma HI (commercial engineer)-option Technology, Innovation & Environment: 'Sustainable Development' (6 credits)
1st Ma HI-option Technology, Innovation & Environment: 'TIM-management' (6 credits)
2nd Ma HI-option Technology, Innovation & Environment: 'Environmental and process technology' (6 credits)
the necessary basic courses chemistry in support of the higher courses 2nd Ba HI 'Chemical Technology' (6 credits) and 3rd Ba HI 'Industrial technology' (6 credits)
European Environmental Law (Erasmus)

Environmental aspects in the Bachelor/Master Transportation Sciences

Environmental aspects are offered in both the bachelor and the master years (12 credits in total).
Bachelor/Master Transportation Sciences offer the possibility to explain the important environmental aspects in an integrated, multidisciplinary way that fit in with a number of existing CMK research topics. 

New trainings

Starting a master “Environment and health” in the biomedical sciences from the academic year 2008-2009
As mentioned before, a master offers the possibility to identify and recruit good students for the application of doctoral scholarships via a pro-active policy. Until recently, the main subject ‘molecular health sciences’ \was only offered at Maastricht University, with a programme that bears close resemblance to the main subject ‘clinical molecular sciences’. Considering the clear interest of the bachelor students BMW in the research within the CMK, it is opportune to also organise the main subject ‘molecular health sciences’ at UHasselt with a clear profiling to ‘environment and health’. Such master will also have a great attraction for biology and chemistry students with an interest in environment. On the analogy of the other masters in the biomedical sciences (for example Bio-electronics and nanotechnology) we aim at a broad intake from the biomedical and especially the classical sciences. This master will also be unique in Flanders and it will undoubtedly realize an intake of students from other universities. The presence of a second cycle will certainly cause an increase of the intake in the bachelors biology and chemistry. Obviously, the different CMK partners will participate in the organisation of this master; we will also cooperate with research groups within BIOMED, the UM, the Vito (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) and possibly other research institutes. 

Post academic training

Environmental co-ordinator level A


From 4 July 1996, a major number of companies of class 1 has to appoint an Environmental Co-ordinator – level A: this is a consequence of the decree of 19 April 1995 (Belgian Bulletin of Acts, Orders and Decrees – 4 July 1995) concerning in-house environmental care. In-house environmental care has a double objective: stimulating sustainable production patterns and controlling and limiting the environmental burden caused by a company. For this, the government bases its policy on the principle: “prevention is better than cure”. The Environmental co-ordinator plays an important role in this case.

Admission requirements

Academic masters of universities and university colleges or equivalent diplomas can acquire a postgraduate certificate Environment Co-ordinator – level A. Candidates who do not comply with the diploma conditions can be admitted on the basis of their proven, relevant experience of at least five years with in-house environmental care.

Programme structure

The programme is spread over one year and a half and is organised on Friday afternoon from 14.00 h until 20.00 h. Besides an academic input of UHasselt professors, visiting lecturers will be appointed under the guidance of these internal co-ordinators. The expertise and the practical experience of these visiting lecturers are the criteria for the steering committee to appoint these lecturers. The complementarity between the different contributions is ensured via regular consultation between the host lecturers and the coordinating responsible persons. Each module is rounded off with an exam. The thesis has to fit in with the offered subjects.