The Master's programme comprises four semesters of full-time study with a total amount of 120 ECTS.
The programme consists of nine compulsory modules to obtain a deep knowledge in the field of Ecotoxicology (55 ECTS). Furthermore, two optional modules (12 ECTS) out of four fields, i.e.
- Applied Environmental Chemistry and Physics
- Applied Ecology
- Socioeconomics and Environmental Management
offer an additional insight into the neighbouring fields of science.
An Applied Module at External Organisations (10 ECTS), an eight-week internship at an external research institute or industry partner in Germany or abroad, provides practical work experience in the second semester. The third semester is characterised by its focus on a Research Project Course (12 ECTS), in which students participate in a project under guidance of university staff for ten weeks. In addition, graduates have the opportunity to take part in four one-day excursions during their studies (1 ECTS). Finally, the degree is to be completed in the fourth semester with a six-month Master's thesis (30 ECTS).
Study abroad unit(s)
Not necessary, but optional for internship or Master's thesis
An internship of eight weeks (Applied Module at External Organisations) is to be completed during the second semester. The programme adviser and lecturers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.
Forms of assessment
Written and oral exams, project work, lab report, presentations, Master's thesis
The Master's programme enables graduates to conduct independent scientific work and prepares them in particular for independent and leading positions in the numerous emerging fields of ecotoxicology. Graduates are able to assume responsibility in a professional manner in various fields of ecotoxicology:
- Scientific facilities and research institutes
- Environmental protection organisations
- Authorities, public offices and ministries with a regulatory role
- Non-governmental organisations
- Industry and consulting enterprises
The international orientation of the programme qualifies graduates for the global job market. In addition, the degree programme prepares them to undertake PhD studies.