Career opportunities

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Master's Programme)

Career opportunities

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Graduates of the Masters programme will be internationally qualified for a wide range of positions in public and government institutions, administrative environmental agencies, consultancy companies and industry. Furthermore, there is an increasing need for competence within the area of risk assessment (REACH).

If you are interested in pursuing a career in research at an academic institution or in industry, you can continue with PhD studies here at NTNU, at another Norwegian institution or an institution abroad.

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.

Competitive advantages

Through this programme you will be part of a large international scientific and industrial network. The candidates in environmental toxicology can after five years of work experience apply to become a “European Registered Toxicologist”.

Examples of where Graduated Students have been/are working

Public sector

  • Norwegian Environment Agency
  • Ministry of Climate and Environment
  • County Governor, Climate and the environment
  • Local government, Environment
  • Norwegian Food Safety Authority
  • Education
  • Research
    • Universities
    • Research institutes (Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Sintef)

Private sector

  • Oil industry (Equinor, Shell)
  • Åkerblå
  • Pharmacological industry
  • Internationally consultancy companies
    • Akvaplan-niva
    • COWI
    • Grupo OHL
    • NGI
    • Norconsult AS
    • Pride AS
    • Rambøl
    • Sweco
  • Multiconsult


Further studies

Do you have passion for research?

If you want profound knowledge within one field of interest, maybe a PhD is something for you?

Paid education: With a degree in MSc in Biology you can choose among the different PhD programmes offered by the Faculty of natural sciences and technology.

The PhD programmes educate independent scientists on an international level in cooperation with both national and international research environments.

Read more about the relevant PhD-programmes