Environmental Toxicology

University of Duisburg-Essen

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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The Environmental Toxicology course at the University of Duisburg-Essen offers knowledge on chemical properties of xenobiotics and other anthropogenic substances, their interactions with the biosphere, their detection and monitoring, and also legal aspects related to this field. 


The Environmental Toxicology course at the University of Duisburg-Essen consists of a more theoretical first study year and a more practical second study year. 

The curriculum comprises nine modules, including a 16-week internship, and the six-month Master's Thesis as final module.


The nine modules of the curriculum cover three groups of knowledge and its application. In group "Fundamentals" students are introduced to the field of EnviTox (module "Aspects of environmental research"), they gain fundamental knowledge of the movement of substances in environmental compartments (Environmental Chemistry), obtain insight into important molecular biological sciences (Biochemistry and Bioinformatics) and learn how to monitor chemical substances in different matrices (Environmental analytics).

The group "Effects" treats effects of pollutants on different organisms. The module "Biological interaction" covers the role of microbes in drinking water supply and waste water treatment, explains how pollutants are taken up by plants and animals and how we can use population structures of different keygroups to monitor the ecological state of ecosystems. The module "Effects on biological functions" directly deals with the effects of xenobiotics and other pollutants on cells, plants and animals.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Geochemistry of soil and sediments 
  • Applied Analytical Chemistry
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Cellular toxicity 
  • Introduction to EU-environmental legislation
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Bioinformatics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A University degree (BSc, MSc, University Diploma (e.g. Universitätsdiplom), State Examination (e.g. Staatsexamen)) in Biology, Chemistry, Water Science or Environmental Sciences in the Natural Science domain
  • a degree from a University of Professional Education (e.g. BSc, MSc, Diploma (Fachhochschuldiplom, HBO diploma) in one of the above mentioned study programmes.
  • The Grade Average Point of the above mentioned degree should be at least 66.
  • A practical bachelor thesis relevant for the field of Environmental Toxicology.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

All students are, however, subject to a student body and social contribution fee.


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Environmental Toxicology
University of Duisburg-Essen


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