Knowledge within the field of ecotoxicology is essential in order to predict and remedy ecological consequences of the use and release of chemicals and chemical products in society. Environmental fate, exposure and ecosystem effects of chemicals are vital components in the performing of environmental or ecological risk assessments.
In this master's programme you will learn how to analyse, predict and understand the environmental fate of chemicals and their direct and indirect effects on the structure and function of ecosystems. You will learn to understand and use models of chemical fate and distribution based on chemical and ecosystem properties. You will also learn how to monitor, discover and test toxic effects of chemicals on biological systems from molecular to ecosystem level. Special emphasis will be put on direct and indirect effects on population, community and ecosystem level. Also, You will explore different applied challenges and issues regarding ecotoxicology and environmental science at different workplaces in society. You will discuss and analyse ecotoxicology related societal issues of today and look at case studies from the past. You will be visiting potential workplaces that also provide tasks for You to solve during the education.
Career: Employees with ecotoxicology knowledge regarding fate and effects of chemicals is needed at a variety of sectors and workplaces. Especially there is a need for competence regarding performing and interpreting risk assessment of chemicals. Examples of employers of former students of ecotoxicology in Lund are: companies within the private industrial sector, private and governmental consulting and research firms, Swedish Chemical Inspectorate, municipalities, county administrative boards etc.
The programme is given in English.
Population and Community Ecology (BIOR69)
Frontiers in Ecology (BIOS04) - part time
Applied Ecotoxicology (BIOR52)
Modelling in Biological Systems (BIOS02)
Master of Science (Two Years)
Major: Biology with specialization in Ecology