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ATM320 Mass Spectrometry in Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental analysis, 5 cr 
Code ATM320  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Mass Spectrometry in Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental analysis  Abbreviation Mass Spectromet 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Aerosol Physics
    2. Study Track in Atmospheric Chemistry and Analysis

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


Can be chosen whenever during Master's studies.

Lectures in period III (lecture part) Monday and Wednesday 8-10 and independent work (research plan/essay and presentation) part during period IV.

The course is offered every other year (odd years, next time spring 2021)

Learning outcomes 

After the course a student:

  • Has knowledge about mass spectrometric methods used in atmospheric sciences and environmental analysis
  • Understands principles of different techniques presented, is able to compare different techniques and knows advantages and disadvantages of various techniques presented
  • Knows how to utilize mass spectrometry in research
Completion methods 

Lectures, a presentation (presence required) of a written research plan/essay and exam


Mass spectrometry (KEM334) or corresponding knowledge


The aim of the course is to teach principles of the latest mass spectrometric techniques, especially techniques that are used or developed for atmospheric sciences and environmental analysis. The emphasis is in atmospheric pressure ionisation techniques. Chemical ionization is an important topic. Different desorption/ionisation methods and miniaturisation of mass spectrometric methods are also included to the course topics. Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry and its applications is also a topic. Development of mass spectrometric instrumentation for measurements needed in atmospheric sciences is presented including their recent application.

Study materials and literature 

Material in Moodle and other possible material given during lectures.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Lectures and exercise. Exercise (2 credits out of 5) include preparing a research plan/essay, how to use mass spectrometry in the study field of the student and an oral presentation of the research plan/essay. Students attending the course are evaluating each other’s presentations. Teachers act as journal editors and students as journal reviewers.

Assessment practices and criteria 

General scale 0-5. Accepted exam (50% of total points are required to pass) and accepted written research plan/essay including presentation. Grade is weighted (exam 3/5 and report+presentation 2/5) average of the grades of the two parts.


Suitable for exchange students



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