Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Chemistry and Health
There are many thousands of chemicals affecting the environment in our modern society, and their use is increasing rapidly. As a graduate from the MSc programme in Environmental Chemistry and Health, you will have insight into the potential impacts of these chemicals on the environment and human health.
The programme is offered in English.
The MSc programme in Environmental Chemistry and Health is an interdisciplinary programme. This means that you will receive instruction from experts from different faculties and research institutions in their own research environment. You will only find this unique combination of study programme elements at the University of Copenhagen.
As a student of Environmental Chemistry and Health, you will learn how environmentally harmful substances move and are degraded in the environment, and you will know what is toxic. And, most importantly, you will become an expert on what we can do to find solutions to the challenges.
Profile and Career
In the Environmental Chemistry and Health MSc programme, you acquire knowledge and competences which society is increasingly demanding.
The study programme is composed of the subject areas atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, human toxicology, epidemiology and risk assessment. The subject areas provide you with the interdisciplinary knowledge required to link the presence of substances in the environment with the possible hazardous and environmentally harmful effects.
The MSc programme in Environmental Chemistry and Health is interdisciplinary, and you will be sharing your studies with students from several faculties. The study programme is anchored at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Faculty of Science, but you will also attend classes at Department of Chemistry, Department of Public Health and School of Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as at Department of Environmental Sciences at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
As a graduate in Environmental Chemistry and Health, you will be able to analyse what happens in nature and people when exposed to potentially harmful substances. You will know how to avoid or remedy the potentially harmful effects of chemicals, e.g. endocrine disrupting effects. And you will be able to handle specific issues such as degradation of oil and pesticides in soil, the toxicity of heavy metals to humans and organisms in the soil and risk assessment of harmful substances.
As a graduate with expertise in environmental chemistry and health, you have many career opportunities, and you are generally highly sought-after in the labour market. This is particularly true internationally where, among other things, new and ambitious EU legislation in the chemicals area is creating many jobs within the EU administration and in companies required to comply with the new legislation.
Recent graduates from the programme are, for example, working both in Denmark and abroad, e.g.:
- In R&D departments in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry or in consulting firms, where they, for instance, develop products which are not harmful to the environment.
- Within ‘cleantech’, with developing air filters, for example, and purifying water.
- Assessing chemicals allowed in, for example, food and toys, in ministries and government agencies such as the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
- Handling natural disasters caused by chemical pollution, e.g. oil spills.
- Within legislation and regulation in, for example, ministries or in new municipalities and regions in Denmark.
The study programme is composed of the following subject areas:
- Atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic environmental chemistry
- Human toxicology
- Risk assessment
Together, the subject areas provide the knowledge required to link the presence of substances in the environment with the possible hazardous and environmentally harmful effects.
The compulsory courses build on the knowledge you acquired at BSc level and brings you further by means of new subject areas, models and techniques that you have not used previously. In addition, the courses are interrelated so that the MSc programme provides you with interdisciplinary understanding of the connection between environmental chemistry and health.
The compulsory courses provide you with a broad foundation on which to base the elective courses. The elective study activities along with the knowledge obtained from the compulsory courses equip you for writing the final thesis.
You can, for example, work with subjects such as:
- Hormone-disrupting substances
- The effect of air pollution on health
- Degradation of oil and pesticides in soil
- Toxicity of heavy metals to humans and organisms in the soil
- Risk assessment of harmful substances
You may also investigate what the implications are when several substances are present at the same time; the so-called cocktail effect
The compulsory courses strengthen your general competences, whereas the elective study activities and the subject for your thesis ensure the specialisation in the study programme.
Teaching on the MSc programme in Environmental Chemistry and Health
Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will be a good deal of project work. You will be working both independently and in project groups.
When and how to apply
The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens
- Make sure to check the admission requirements.
- Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
- Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
- From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
- We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
- After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
- You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
- Study start 1 September 2014.
Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens
- Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
- Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
- Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
- From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
- We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
- Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
- If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
- 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.
Checklist for Documentation
In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:
- An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
- A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
- Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
- An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
- A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
- Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.
* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).
Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.
Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.
If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.
- EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:
1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014
- Non EU/ EEA applicants:
15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014