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M.Sc. Ecotoxicology
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Koblenz-Landau


Address University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Institute for Environmental Sciences, Fortstraße 7, 76829 Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
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Course Master of Science in Ecotoxicology
Type of course Full-time
Length of course Four semesters
Date of commencement Start of the winter semester (in October)
Application Deadline: 15th June (we recommend that international applicants apply until mid-May to have sufficient time for all administrative steps)
Class size 30
Accommodation Students can apply for apartments in the student halls of residence.
Cost/Fees There are no tuition fees, only an administrative semester fee of 125 Euro per semester.
Student grants / financial assistance Students admitted to the program can apply for a financial support scholarship (a partial scholarship) for the first semester.
Exchange partner schools Partner universities in Chile, China, El Salvador, Kenya, Nicaragua, Norway, Russia and the United States
Major recruiters of graduates of this programme Our graduates are duly qualified for jobs in scientific facilities, research institutes, authorities, ministries with a regulatory role, NGOs, industry, and consulting enterprises. In addition, the master’s program prepares for further research and a PhD in this field.
Admissions requirements Students with a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, natural sciences or geo sciences can apply for the master´s program. They should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary application-oriented scientific work. A basic academic knowledge in the fields of ecology, environmental chemistry, geographic information systems and mathematics/statistics is required. Previous knowledge may also be complemented in preparatory courses.

Good active and passive English language skills are required but there is no formal English language requirement. German language skills are no pre-requisite to study the M.Sc. in Ecotoxicology.
Programme Coordinator Dr. Carsten Brühl
Contact for application Jochen Zubrod


About the Master's Program in Ecotoxicology

Ecotoxicology aims to investigate effects of chemicals on biological systems in order to develop methods for risk assessment and management, as well as to predict ecological consequences. The international Master of Science in Ecotoxicology therefore integrates concepts of Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology, and Ecology and includes Social Sciences and Economics, as well. Due to its interdisciplinary and applied approach, the program enables its graduates to analyze complex problems and to develop practical solutions. An international direction of the study program is realized by our international research staff, regular talks of guest lecturers from abroad and internships which can be undertaken all over the world. All mandatory courses are taught in English.

The master’s program provides a comprehensive education in ecotoxicology along with a basic and application-oriented understanding of the fate, distribution, effects, risk assessment, and risk management of chemicals in the environment and consists of nine compulsory modules:

- Principles of Ecotoxicology

- Fate and Transport of Pollutants

- Tools for Complex Data Analysis

- Environmental Chemistry Lab Course

- Toxicology and Pharmacology

- Methods in Ecotoxicology

- Molecular Ecology I

- Models in Ecotoxicology

- Risk Assessment and Management

In addition, two optional modules out of the fields Applied Environmental Chemistry and Physics, Applied Ecology, Geoecology, as well as Socioeconomics and Environmental Management offer insights into neighboring scientific fields. An 8-weeks internship with an external research institute or industry partner in Germany or abroad allows our students to gather practical work experience. During a 10-weeks Research Project Course the students realize a project under guidance of the university staff. In the 4th semester the students complete their degree writing their master’s thesis (which takes about 6 months).

About University of Koblenz-Landau

The University of Koblenz-Landau is one of the youngest universities in Germany and has grown considerably in its relatively short history. Since its transformation from a teacher training college in 1990, numerous new departments and institutes have sprung up. In addition, a wide range of new degree programs and chairs have been created, and existing courses and research consistently expanded. At the eight existing faculties on the two campuses in Koblenz and Landau, you can currently study Education, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Computer Science (Koblenz) and Psychology (Landau). Since 1990 the number of students has increased dramatically to about 16.000 enrolled students, with approximately 8.000 at each campus.

The Institute for Environmental Sciences is located at the campus in Landau and pursues both basic and applied research, in which the central theme is the complex interactions between humans and the environment. The Institute combines the expertise from ten research groups ranging from molecular to ecosystem scales, and also includes social sciences (environmental economics).

Landau lies in the so-called German Tuscany and is nestled in the Palatinate Forest, a trans-border biosphere reserve with France. This location does not only provide a charming place to live and study but also offers excellent possibilities for outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing or mountain biking.

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