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Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring PG Dip / MSc

Course Description

This course provides advanced training in environmental toxicology, monitoring techniques and evaluates global environmental legislation. It fulfils the demand for trained personnel in the environmental regulatory agencies, in companies subject to such regulation and those involved in providing support services such as monitoring and consultancy. The course is offered in part-time online mode and suits people already working in the environmental field or those wishing to pursue a career in this area.

Key benefits

- Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for associate membership.

- Flexible learning

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-environmental-toxicology-and-pollution-monitoring-pt-el

Course detail

Specific Objectives are to develop an understanding of :

•The general mechanisms of toxicity
•The basis of setting environmental quality standards
•The behaviour of contaminants in water, air and soil
•The main toxicological problems of contaminants in the environment
•The legislative controls on contaminants

To take this course, you will need access to a computer with a fast internet connection. The course uses the Blackboard learning environment and the modules are delivered using online lectures, including practical and tutorial material. Students and staff interact via email, discussion boards, online chat and telephone. You will find that this course is much more flexible than traditional on-campus university courses as you can study using your own computer and the internet, at your own pace, any place and any time (within given timeframes).

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Assessment is 100% by course work (no sessional examinations); a mixture of methods including practical reports, problem analysis, projects, literature reviews and essays, class tests, group work and a research project.

Students are able to use the University's extensive online resources of electronic journals, books and databases.

Modular Structure:

- Environmental Data Analysis
- Environmental Toxicology
- Pollution Monitoring
- Water Management
- Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring Project

Career options

Most students on the course are already working in the environmental field. It aims to be flexible and gives the opportunity to focus in areas of particular interest to the student. Completion of the course will help career development.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring PG Dip / MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rebecca Richardson

Initially I was worried about motivating myself to undertake an online MSc course but I needn’t have worried. The course materials were comprehensive, delivered regularly and in a timely manner. The online support from fellow students, e-tutors and lecturers was fantastic and prompt, with no question too silly to answer. Being able to draw on your own work experiences when undertaking some of the module assessments improves your critical thinking skills in the workplace. The valuable skills and knowledge I gained during this course have provided me with more career opportunities, including a promotion at work and I am about to commence a PhD. I would definitely recommend this course.


Entry Requirements

PgDip: you must hold an honours degree in a science or other suitable discipline or demonstrate your ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). MSc: you initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and if you complete it with an overall mark of 50% or higher you can proceed to the MSc programme.English language requirements for international applicants:The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.5).Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Last Updated

19 July 2017

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