Ulster University

School of Environmental Sciences

Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring

Format: Online

Program Description:

The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Ulster has a well established reputation for teaching high quality fully online programmes and registers some 250 students each year to its suite of postgraduate courses. The PgDip/MSc in Environmental Toxicolocy and Pollution Monitoring is part-time and offered by Distance Learning. There are 2 start dates each academic year - end of September (closing date for applications is 31st August) and end of January (closing date for applications 31st December). It is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences. This course is ideal if you are already working in the environmental field or wish to pursue a career in this area as it fulfils the demand for trained personnel in the environmental regulatory agencies, in companies subject to such regulation, and in companies involved in providing support services such as monitoring and consultancy. The specific objectives of the course are to develop an understanding of: - the general mechanisms of toxicity - the basis of setting environmental quality standards - the behaviour of contaminants in water, air and soil - the main toxicological problems of contaminants in the environment - the legislative controls on contaminants Modules in this programme are available on a two year rotational basis so the order in which they are studied is dependent upon when a student enters the programme (there are two intakes each academic year - late September and late January). Four taught modules constitute the postgraduate diploma and one module is taken each semester over two years. The MSc Research Project is the final element of the programme and this is commenced once a student has completed the postgraduate diploma. Environmental Data Analysis (30 credits) This module teaches the skills necessary to understand and analyse environmental data. Statistics, environmental modelling, Geographical Information Systems and presentation skills are taught and demonstrated through applied case studies in environmental management. Environmental Toxicology(30 credits) This module will provide the knowledge & skills necessary to understand the impact of chemicals in the environment. Specific areas covered include: • the major toxicants, both organic & inorganic • sources, pathways & fate of major toxicants • specific effects on organisms (including humans) • physiological & biochemical principles of toxicity testing, • LD50 & NOEC • risk assessment of soils and water • environmental quality standards and toxicity quotients Pollution Monitoring (30 credits) This module provides the knowledge and skills necessary to monitor pollution of the environment. The topics included are: • the key elements of the monitoring programmes for air, water and land • sample collection • chemical methods of analysis, including quality assurance • biological methods of analysis including toxicity tests and bioassessment • use of environmental models • statistics and data analysis • assessing compliance • use of critical loads Water Management(30 credits) This module introduces the theory and practice of water management. It provides an understanding of current methods of water treatment and distribution, sustainable use of resources and principles of water quality management and legislation. It teaches skills in analysis and interpretation of water quality data and in applying water legislation. Plus (Masters only) Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring Project(60 credits) To obtain an MSc qualification, students are required to complete advanced study under supervision within a specialised area. The project module aims to extend the experience of the student in the practice of scientific investigation and to develop the intellectual skills of recognising and using subject specific theories, concepts and principles, analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, collecting and interpreting several lines of evidence to formulate and test hypotheses and applying knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems. The student, by making an original contribution to their field, develops the skills of postgraduate, independent research, commensurate with an MSc.


Institution of Environmental Sciences

International Student Requirements:

English language requirements - IELTS overall band 6.0 with no contributing band at less than 5.5 or TOEFL 550 in the paper based-test.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 3573 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 3573 GBP

Classification: Unknown

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