Masters degrees in Ecotoxicology administer training for managing toxins within the environment and various ecosystems. They include analyses of tolerance and adaptation of animal, human, plant, and microbial habitats in relation to both naturally-occurring and anthropogenic (man-made) substances.
Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant science subject, though professional experience may also be accepted.
Programmes in this field examine the effects of chemicals on biological systems, to predict ecological consequences on regional national, and international scales. You will explore methods across a range of disciplines including organic chemistry, molecular genetics, and ecology, providing you with a wealth of transferrable skills suited to a range of careers.
This includes a combination of fieldwork, lab testing and industrial placement. From this, you will gain practical experience of surveying methods including GIS (Geographic Information Systems), data analysis, and 3D modelling. You will refine these skills through research, risk assessment and report writing, developing your academic abilities.
Careers may include consultancy and policy-making within government agencies and NGOs, risk assessment and management for private companies, or careers in research and academia.