Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


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Help us reach sustainability goals with a Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry!

A Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is important for society and our future. Embarking on this study, you’ll acquire skills, and experience, which is attractive to a wide range of employers both in the public and private sectors. The programme offers the opportunity to experience one semester studying in Svalbard (The University Centre in Svalbard, UNIS), an archipelago situated in the heart of the Arctic.
The MSc in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry builds on several of the UN’s sustainability goals, especially those concerning the environment, sustainability, and climate change on a local and global scale.
The Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is a two-year interdisciplinary program involving the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry. A Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry creates a vital link between Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry. The main focus of the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Masters is the fate and effects of pollutants, and how they become distributed and behave in the environment (including air, water, soil) and how they interact with organisms, both on a local and global scale.
A couple of examples of specialisation topics which are sought by employers include:

  • The distribution and effects of different kinds of environmental toxicants
  • Method development within environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry
  • Biological and chemical consequences of climate change, in areas such as the Arctic.

When taking a Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, this is what you’ll learn:

  • The fate and effects of pollutants.
  • How pollutants are distributed in the environment locally and globally.
  • The interaction between environmental toxicants and organisms (including humans).
  • The impact on populations and ecosystems.
  • Fieldwork and/or experimental exposure studies in laboratories on individual organisms or cell cultures.
  • Specialise within the area of environmental monitoring of organic and inorganic chemical toxicants.
  • Method development, and quality assurance using state of the art equipment.
  • Study a wide range of environmental pollutants and methods of pollution control which are of utmost importance for the management of natural resources and ecosystems.
  • Studies on the interaction between environmental toxicants and organisms (including humans), and how this affects individuals, populations, and ecosystems are central.
  • Methods will include fieldwork and/or experimental studies in laboratories on individual organisms (in vivo) or on cell cultures (in vitro)


Seek admission

It is crucial to ensure you have relevant qualifications before you seek admission. Please read the requirements carefully, as one of the following requirements must be fulfilled to qualify for admission to the programme for the Master (MSc) in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry:

  • To qualify for the specialisation in Environmental Toxicology: BSc in Biology (minimum of 80 ECTS credits biology courses) including pollution biology. In addition, applicants must have basic knowledge of chemistry, and basic knowledge in statistics.
  • To qualify for the specialisation in Environmental Chemistry: Bachelor in Chemistry (minimum of 80 ECTS credits chemistry courses) including environmental and/or analytical chemistry.
  • Bachelor degrees within other related areas may be considered on an individual basis for admittance to a master in environmental toxicology and chemistry. The candidate's background should provide a biological and/or chemical relevant basis for the master study in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

How to Seek Admission

Job opportunities

Graduates of the Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will be internationally qualified for a wide range of positions in public and government institutions, administrative environmental agencies, consultancy companies, and industry both as researchers and advisors. Furthermore, there is an increasing need for competence within the area of risk assessment (REACH). Through this programme, you will be part of an extensive international scientific and industrial network. The candidates in environmental toxicology can after five years of work experience apply to become a "European Registered Toxicologist".
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Study Components

In the specialisation Environmental Chemistry, research activities are centred on the behaviour of chemical compounds in nature – air, water, soil, organisms, and food chains, employing a wide variety of analytical methods including novel automatic monitoring methods. At the specialisation Environmental Toxicology, research activities span from genotoxicity, molecular and cellular toxicology, and pollutant effects on fish, amphibians, free-ranging marine mammals, and birds, including Arctic species. The MSc in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry consists of a Master's thesis (60 ECTS credits), as well as theoretical and methodological courses. Some courses are compulsory and some elective (60 ECTS credits)
Here Are the Study Components in Environmental Chemistry
Here Are the Study Components in Environmental Toxicology

Study Environment

You’ll find the Departments of Chemistry and Biology situated at Gløshaugen campus, where you will have access to excellent facilities and state of the art scientific equipment. We have strong teaching and research links with other science and technology departments at the university. The campus has an excellent location, being close to Trondheim city centre.
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Our student advisors are free to your contacts for all questions about the programme, i. e., compulsory and optional subjects, exams, deadlines, etc. Please contact the advisors if you have any questions.
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Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSENVITOX
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English
Location: Norway, Trondheim

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Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2020

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2021

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2021

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