Master in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

General

Program Description

This international Master's program provides training in the fields of ecotoxicology, toxicology, and environmental chemistry, with innovative practical components.

Program factsheet

  • Academic cooperation: Consortium of six universities
  • Spain: University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (coordinator institution)
  • France: University of Bordeaux (UBx), University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (UPPA)
  • Norway: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Portugal: University of Porto (UPO)
  • Belgium: University of Liège (ULiège)
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor degree or equivalent from a European or third-country university in the fields of engineering, geosciences, oceanography, biosciences, veterinary, health sciences, chemistry, or environmental sciences
  • Program duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)
  • Language requirements: All courses are taught in English. Proof of proficiency in English is essential. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass a recognized international English test such as TOEFL (score 220 CBT, 550 PBT, 80 IBT), Cambridge Advanced English Test (score B or higher), IELTS (score 6.5 or higher), TOEIC (800) or another English equivalent test. Or an equivalent approved by the Joint Program Board of the Consortium (JPB). 
  • Level: Joint or double Master of Science degree awarded by the consortium universities where the student has studied. UPV/EHU, ULiège, NTNU, and UPorto will deliver a joint Diploma issued by UPV/EHU. A separate parallel Diploma (Double degree) is issued by either UBx or UPPA for students following Semester 1 in these institutions.
  • Annual fees:
    • 9,000€ partner country students
    • 4,500€ program country students
    • Scholarships, fees waivers, and degree loans available. Please note: Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders are exempted of fees / See website for details and information on what defines program and partner country students 
  • Scholarships:
    • Erasmus Mundus scholarships
    • Erasmus+ mobility grants
    • Please note: it is not possible to benefit from more than one source of European funding
  • Students choosing to study in Bordeaux:
    • Mobility grants available according to excellence criteria funded by the Initiative of Excellence in Bordeaux and Bilbao (i.e. Euskampus, Idex- International Master)
    • Mobility grants through the Aquimob platform (for example, Mobility) grants available according to excellence / social criteria funded by the partner institutions and by regional governments

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Program outline

ECT+ is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree. This multidisciplinary and international program provides postgraduate training in the fields of ecotoxicology, toxicology, and environmental chemistry, with innovative practical components.

The program focuses on understanding interactions between chemical pollution, the contamination of living organisms, and ecosystem disturbances. It also specializes in environmental health risk management, in relation to the use and disposal of chemicals in a scenario of global change.

Students benefit from advanced knowledge in a variety of disciplines such as analytical and environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, cellular and molecular biology, global chemical issues, ecology, ecosystem health assessment, environmental policies, and risk management, in accordance with European treaties, conventions, and directives.

Program structure

Student mobility is compulsory. Each student must enroll at three of the six partner universities.

Semester 1 to 4: Content

Semester 1 / Fundamentals in ECT

Course offer at UBx:

  • Environmental data analysis
  • Biogeochemistry of environmental pollutants
  • Environmental and analytical chemistry
  • Terrestrial and aquatic ecology and ecophysiology
  • Fundamentals in toxicology and ecotoxicology
  • Semester 2 / Advanced and applied ECT
  • Environmental and analytical chemistry
  • Ecology assessment and ecosystem management
  • Ecotoxicology
  • EU case issues

Semester 3 / Careers in ECT

  • Research in ECT
  • Environmental pollution risk management
  • Professional/research internships

Semester 4 / MSC theses research

Strengths of this Master's program?

Students follow a joint program, combining different disciplines that can be studied at each of the 6 partner universities. They may further tailor their study program by choosing between alternative mobility pathways that provide six career profiles:

  • Aquatic contamination and toxicology
  • Soil contamination and toxicology
  • Arctic contamination and toxicology
  • Water quality and wastewater contamination
  • Environmental analytical chemistry
  • Environmental risk assessment

After this Master's program?

Graduates will be prepared for leadership roles concerning the environment and within various sectors such as research, environmental protection and management, chemical industries, non-governmental organizations, and all levels of governing bodies from local to global. 

Career profiles include managers, planners, policymakers, researchers, or advisors who can make a difference in environmental management and the chemical industry. 

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Bordeaux was newly established in 2014 following the merger of three universities. Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, i ... Read More

The University of Bordeaux was newly established in 2014 following the merger of three universities. Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, it was awarded the “Initiative of Excellence” by the French government in 2011. Read less
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