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Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: ES2615 | Sustainability related
Autumn 2020
50% Day
Period: 31 August 2020 - 2 November 2020
Comments: Please note that the end date of the course and the pace has been changed
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

Ecotoxicology studies the effects of chemicals on non-human organisms (animals, plants, microorganisms) within an ecosystem. The course teaches the fundamentals of ecotoxicology as a scientific discipline, providing knowledge concerning environmental chemicals, methods to study the nature and extent of environmental pollution, and the fundamental techniques necessary to quantify toxic effects on biological systems of various levels of complexity (individuals, populations and ecological communities).

Ecotoxicology also provides the fundamental scientific basis for ecological risk assessments and the course will therefore also connect to the corresponding regulatory frameworks. Finally, the course will highlight and discuss the role of ecotoxicology within the wider context of neighboring scientific disciplines (e.g. human toxicology, environmental law).

The course contains a small laboratory part, which focusses on describing the ecotoxicity of a selected set of compounds in a bioassay, with particular emphasis on experimental strategies, experimental design and data evaluation.

In total, course consists of four subparts:

  1. Lectures, which are not compulsory, but whose content will provide the basis for the following quizzes, seminars, exercises and the final exam.
  2. Compulsory elements, in the form of quizzes and computer exercises. Students that do not take part in compulsory elements of the course are required to submit written summaries of the content of these moments to pass the course.
  3. A compulsory laboratory part. Active participation, the preparation of a written report and an oral presentation (group task) is required.
  4. Final individual exam on the content of 1) and 2), in written form (hall exam)

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: 120 credits out of which at least 60 credits have to be completed in environmental science-natural science, chemistry or biology. Students with equivalent education can be allowed to enter the course. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS..

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 14 875 SEK
First payment: 14 875 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Karin Karlson
Phone: +46-31-786 2705
Visiting address: Carl Skottsbergs Gata 22 B (Botanical building)


Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
Box 463
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 18

Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

Course that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-06-04