Master of Science in Ecotoxicology


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Program Description

Master of Science in Ecotoxicology

An increasing number of chemicals is used by society today, which are also released into the environment. Ecotoxicology is concerned with their potential impacts on the ecosystem. It aims to investigate and discover effects of chemicals on biological systems in order to develop methods for risk management, as well as to predict ecological consequences.

The international "Master of Science program in Ecotoxicology" integrates concepts of Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology and Ecology and includes Social Sciences and Economics as well. Due to its interdisciplinary and applied approach, the Program enables its graduates to analyze complex problems and to develop practical solutions.

As environmental problems reach far beyond national borders, an international approach is necessary and the situation in developing countries needs special solutions.

The Master in Ecotoxicology is organized by the Institute for Environmental Sciences and its graduates receive the full credits for the nine required topics of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) program.

Study program

All students take the 9 required modules, as well as a 10-week Research Project Course and an Applied Module at External Organisations of 8 weeks to obtain a deep knowledge in the field of Ecotoxicology. Afterwards, students personalize the Program by choosing 2 Modules of the 5 Specialty Areas. The Master Thesis with colloquium rounds out the 4-Semester Program.

Specialty Areas:

  • Applied Environmental Chemistry & Environmental Physics,
  • Chemistry,
  • Applied Ecology,
  • Geoecology and
  • Socioeconomics & Environmental Management


We are looking for highly motivated students interested in working on ecotoxicologically relevant problems using an interdisciplinary approach.

In order to qualify for the Master of Ecotoxicology Program, several requirements must be fulfilled.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Anyone wanting to study at a German university needs a higher education entrance qualification ("Hochschulzugangsberechtigung“), respectively a master entrance qualification ("Masterzugangsberechtigung“).

Entrance qualification is not checked by the university, but by Uni-assist (see application process). Uni-assist provides all further information on higher education entrance qualification.

Academic Background

A Bachelor degree in Environmental Science, Natural Science or Earth Science is required.

Basic academic knowledge may be acquired in the fields of Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Geographic Informations Systems and Mathematics/Statistics. If necessary, previous knowledge may be complemented in preparatory courses.

Language Proficiency


The Program is conducted in English. Therefore good active and passive English language skills are essential.


Proficiency in German is not a requirement for application. However, we recommend learning some basic German for daily life. While in Germany many people speak English, you will generally find life in Germany easier if you speak German.

Tuition Fee

Students with a master's degree from a German university will have to pay tuition fees (650 € per semester).

Semester Contribution

Students enroled at the University of Koblenz-Landau have to pay a recurring semester contribution ("semester contribution"). It covers part of the administrative costs as well as social contributions to the "AStA" (Student Union) and the "Student Services" (Student Services). Currently, the semester contribution is € 91.50 per semester.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

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The University of Koblenz-Landau is a young, medium-sized university. In 1990 the university emerged from the former teacher training college. In the meantime research and teaching are organised in three linked interdisciplinary subject areas entitled "Learning", "Society" and "Environment". Read less
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