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Master in Ecotoxicology (M.Sc.)


Course Description

About the Program

An increasing number of chemicals is used by society today, which are also released into the environment. Ecotoxicology is concerned with their potential impacts on the ecosystem. It aims to investigate and discover effects of chemicals on biological systems in order to develop methods for risk management, as well as to predict ecological consequences.

The international "Master of Science program in Ecotoxicology" 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.

As environmental problems reach far beyond national borders, an international approach is necessary and the situation in developing countries needs special solutions.

The Master in Ecotoxicology is carried out under the Institute for Environmental Sciences.

For the latest news about our Institute of Ecotoxicology you can also check our Ecotox-Blog under:
http://www.master-ecotoxicology.de/ecotox-blog

Program Structure

All students take the 9 required modules, as well as a 10-week Research Project Course and an Applied Module at External Organisations of 8 weeks to obtain a deep knowledge in the field of Ecotoxicology. Afterwards, studentes personalize the Program by choosing 2 Modules of the 5 Specialty Areas. The Master Thesis with colloquium round out the 4-semester Program.

Specialty Areas:

Applied Environmental Chemistry & Environmental Physics,
Chemistry,
Applied Ecology,
Geoecology and
Socioeconomics & Environmental Management

Applied Module at External Organizations (AMEO)

The module AMEO is an 8-week internship, which can be performed at an external university or a governmental or industrial research institute in Germany or abroad. Students become familiar with working practice, requirements of the job market and career opportunities and can establish business contacts. They apply, confirm and expand knowledge and competences achieved during their study.

Following an introductory discussion with the supervisors, the students perform the (research) work on their own and discuss the obtained results regularly with their supervisors. The content depends on the actual research questions in the selected research organizations. Topics or possible positions will be suggested by the staff of the Institute for Environmental Sciences or maybe suggested by the students. The topics should be directly related to applied problems relevant in these external organisations and should ideally offer the students opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in areas, which are not the particular research areas at the Institute for Environmental Sciences in Landau. They include, but are not restricted to the following areas:

Engineering aspects (e.g. hydrology, mitigation techniques)
Multimedia modelling
Food web modelling
Fish, bird or mammal ecotoxicology and risk assessment
Agricultural sciences
Socioeconomics
Specific aspects in regulatory ecotoxicology
Risk communication, economic or societal aspects

Research Project Course (RPC)

The students work independently on a research topic of the university for a total time of about 10 weeks. The topics depend on the actual research conducted in the various research groups. However, all topics do have an interdisciplinary character covering at least two different disciplines (e.g. chemistry and ecology, or physics and risk assessment). The students submit proposals for topics selected from a list provided by the teaching staff including a time and resource planning as well as an independently conducted literature search. Following an introductory discussion with the supervisor, the students perform the research work on their own and discuss the obtained results regularly with their supervisor. Following the practical work, the students write a report including the theoretical background, the methods used, the results obtained and a discussion of the results based on the relevant scientific literature. The students present and defend the outcome of their work at an oral presentation. Following successful completion the students are able to plan a scientific work package, conduct the work, evaluate the results based on the relevant literature and present the outcomes.

The content depends on the actual research questions in the research groups associated with the Institute for Environmental Sciences. They include, but are not restricted to the following areas:

Chemical experiments in the lab
Environmental colloid chemistry
Environmental organic chemistry
Physical transport or transfer processes of environmental chemicals
Ecotoxicological lab tests
Ecotoxicological field studies
In situ or monitoring work in the field
Molecular genetics
GIS data analysis
Literature reviews
Exposure, effect or landscape modelling
Assessment or management of risks

More information on the program structure and contents can also be found under:
https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus-landau/faculty7/info-prospective-students/master-of-science-ecotoxicology/aims-and-contents

Employment outlook

The Program enables the graduates to conduct independent scientific work and prepares in particular for independent and leading positions in the numerous emerging fields of Ecotoxicology. The graduates are able to take responsibility in a professional manner in: Scientific facilities and research institutes, Authorities, public offices and ministries with a regulatory role, Non-governmental organizations, Industry and consulting enterprises. The international orientation of the program qualifies graduates for a global job market. In addition, the Master program prepares for a PhD study.

“I value very much the excellent education and the close individual support from the teaching staff during my studies that allowed me to pursue own research ideas and to find my field of interest. A cooperation of the university with the German Federal Environment Agency enabled me to gain experience in the environmental risk assessment of pesticides. I qualified for a traineeship in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and am now working in the field of pesticide risk assessment.” Klaus Swarowsky (Master Ecotoxicology, EFSA)

Internationally Networked

The Institute for Environmental Sciences is globally connected through international research projects and student exchange programs. The international nature of the Program is achieved through numerous international research and teaching staff, regular seminars from guest lecturers from abroad, and possible internships all over the world.
You will find a map which displays the locations our cooperation partners under:

https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus-landau/faculty7/info-prospective-students/master-of-science-ecotoxicology/aims-and-contents#network

Visit the Master in Ecotoxicology (M.Sc.) page on the Universität Koblenz-Landau website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Alena Lepilova

3613.jpg My name is Alena. I am from Russia and I am studying Ecotoxicology at the University of Koblenz- Landau in Landau in der Pfalz. I like the University very much. Our Campus is not too big and I am enjoying the walk from my home through the little forest which is very beautiful in Autumn time. The city center is easily reachable from the university by walk or by bike.
The University itself provides a very good student environment as well as facilities to conduct research. The majority of my classes consists of laboratory work which gives me a lot of opportunities to learn something new and get more experience. Thus, I will to be more independent while doing my own research project or Master Thesis. We feel free to chose our own topic regarding our scientific interest to conduct future research.
I am very glad that I came to study Ecotoxicology at the University of Koblenz- Landau, partly because in Russia we don't have this kind of course in many Russian universities.
I have chosen this university also because of the possibility to do an internship which is minimum 8 weeks long in external organizations, such as research centers, consulting companies, or to participate in one of the PhD projects on campus. Our professors are very nice and friendly. When we have problems with experiments or assignments they are very happy to help finding a solution and explain our mistakes. Moreover, we have some classes where our professors invite scientists from different companies and research organizations to share their experience and knowledge from the industrial point of view.

In addition, the university provides its students with various indoor and outdoor sports activities which I really like. And I am also attending two language courses: German and French, as Landau is very close to the French border and I think this is a great chance to visit France as well. It is a great opportunity to study in Landau because you can easily combine both regular studying and integration with other international students. We quite often organize international events, where we enjoy the food from different countries, practice languages and make more and more new friends.

If you think of a place and university to do your Master's degree, I recommend you to come to Landau.

(Student Profile)

Sie Yung

Studying here is an eye-opener to me! It’s is truly about learning something rather than just studying. You will be exposed to new ideas about managing and protecting the environment as well as the nature.

(Student Profile)

Vivian Oloton

3664.jpg I am Vivian from Nigeria, and I am currently on the master’s program in Ecotoxicology at the University of Koblenz-landau, Germany. This University was my selected choice of preference due to reasons of a serene study environment, relatively moderate class size and well-grounded academic staff.

The campus at which I study is located in Rheinland Pfalz, the South-west of Germany. The region is bordered by woodlands, cultivated fields and the Rhine River. These features make the campus the best atmosphere for environmental studies. The course entails a wide range of environmental assessments spanning from field and laboratory studies to an exclusive opportunity for realistic applications in the working atmosphere.
The study is quite intensive, highly practical and time demanding, but in all, it’s the best avenue to create an independent mind for proposing long term scientists, analysts and future scientific critics. It is also a study that is highly informative and open to scientific minds of scrutiny. In general, the study is targeted at creating scientists that would be advocates for a healthy environment.

The university has several interesting activities for both international and German students, thus bridging the gap between intercultural differences and creating an atmosphere for healthy scientific and social communication.
Personally, my bank of knowledge has experienced an exponential growth and I can conclusively say that this is an environment to be in.

So feel free to join a world of unending academic growth and a social network of lasting intercultural relationships.


(Scholarship)

Successful Start Scholarship - 6 Awards

The International Office is able to provide limited financial support for international students within the frame of the Profil³-Project. The primary aim of this scholarship is to support qualified international students financially during their first semester at the University of Koblenz-Landau so that they can settle in and get used to living and studying in Germany.Value of the scholarship
• 400 Euro per monthScholarship period
• Period of support: maximum of 6 monthsStart of scholarship payments
The payment order of the monthly scholarship instalments will be issued after the successful applicant has enrolled at the University of Koblenz-Landau after his/her arrival in Koblenz/Landau and has handed in an enrolment certificate to the Welcome Center of the relevant campus.

Value of Scholarship(s)

400 Euro/month for the first 6 months of studying

Eligibility

Applications are accepted from applicants who…
• are not of German nationality,
• are accepted at University of Koblenz-Landau for one of the following international master’s programs:
M.Sc. Ecotoxicology (Landau)
M.Sc. Environmental Sciences (Landau)
M.Sc. Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems (Koblenz)
M.Sc. Web Science (Koblenz)
• have achieved very good grades (GPA of 1.9 or better) in their previous studies
• need financial support

Application Procedure

In order to apply, please hand in the following application documents:
• Properly completed, printed and signed application form
• Copy of the Letter of Admission at University of Koblenz-Landau for winter semester 2016/17
• CV (max. 2 pages)
• Copy of passport or identity cardAdditional documents which applicants might want to hand in to support their application:
• Any relevant document which shows your social situation, e.g. certified copies (and their translations if applicable) of marriage certificates or birth certificate(s) of your child(ren) in German or English.

Further Information

https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/international-en/incomings/scholarship/weco-scholarship


(Scholarship)

Partnership Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The International Relations Office is able to provide limited financial support for international students from partner universities (European and non-European). The primary aim of this scholarship is to support qualified international students from our partner universities financially during their first semester at the University of Koblenz-Landau so that they can settle in and get used to living and studying in Germany.Application Deadline:
Ongoing (the scholarship is given on the "first come, first served" basis)Scholarship details:
Scholarship amount: 500 Euros per month
Scholarship duration: 5 to 6 monthsStart of scholarship payments:
The payment order of the monthly scholarship instalments will be issued after the successful applicant has enrolled at the University of Koblenz-Landau after his/her arrival in Koblenz/Landau and has handed in an enrolment certificate to the International Relations Office.
Applications are NOT accepted from students who…
- are exchange students or short-term students at University of Koblenz-Landau
- are not from our partner universities
- are registered only to acquire an academic certificate but not a full degree qualification
- are of German nationality or who have completed their higher education entrance qualification or their under-graduate studies in Germany
- receive BAföG payments
- receive a full or partial scholarship from another organisation/institution

Value of Scholarship(s)

500 euro per month for 1st semester

Eligibility

Applications are accepted from applicants who…- are not of German nationality,- have completed/will be completing their bachelor's degree at one of our partner universities,- are admitted to the University of Koblenz-Landau for any master's program, including one of the following international master’s programs:M.Sc. Ecotoxicology (Landau)
M.Sc. Environmental Sciences (Landau)
M.Sc. Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems (Koblenz)
M.Sc. Chemistry and Physics of Functional Materials (Koblenz)
M.Sc. Web Science (Koblenz)- start their studies in the winter semester 2016/17
- have achieved good grades (GPA of 2,3 or better) in their previous studies

Application Procedure

In order to apply, please hand in the following application documents: - Properly completed, printed and signed application form
- Copy of the Letter of Admission to the University of Koblenz-Landau for winter semester 2016/17
- CV (max. 2 pages)
- Copy of passport or identity cardPlease note that your application can only be considered if you submit a properly completed application form along with all the required documents within the given deadline.Furthermore, the scholarship payments will only be started after the successful enrollment at the University of Koblenz-Landau for the winter semester 2016/17.

Further Information

https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/international-en/incomings/scholarship/partnership_scholarship



Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Natural Sciences, Earth Science or a related field is required.The Master's program is conducted in English language. Therefore, good active and passive English language skills are required. Proficiency of German is not a requirement for application. However, we recommend to learn some basic German for daily life. While in Germany many people speak English, you will generally find life in Germany easier if you speak German.

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