Environmental Toxicology (M.Sc.)

Place of study

Campus Essen

Start of study

Winter term

Period of study

2 years full-time


Environmental Toxicology (EnviTox) is an integrated interdisciplinary Master Degree Program offered by the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2010. The study course 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.

EnviTox focuses on Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, therefore students with a Bachelor Degree in biology, chemistry or ecology and similar fields of study are welcome as applicants for EnviTox.

Course of study (+)

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The study course EnviTox 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-months 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. Additional competencies related to the presentation of information, teamwork, information technologies and strategies to solve problems will be integrated in the courses with emphasis on multidisciplinarity.

During the practical year “Applied Environmental Toxicology” focuses on the European legislation regarding the use of xenobiotics and the implementation of monitoring, assessment and risk managing by the Industry and other stakeholders. Furthermore, in a 16 week internship students are encouraged to get first working experiences in an industrial, administrational, advisory or scientific setting in Germany or abroad.

The Master's Program will close with the Master's Thesis on current questions in Environmental Toxicology.


Student’s performance will be assessed and awarded in line with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). As an international program, EnviTox has been designed with a modular curriculum. The work load of the study course amounts to 120 Credits (ECTS) including a master thesis (30 CP).
Curriculum Master Envitox

More information on curriculum

Additional information (including the module handbook and schedules) can be found at www.uni-due.de/envitox

Admission to study programme (+)

Admission requirements

The formal requirements to apply for the EnviTox Master's programme include:

  • 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.
  • At least 15 credits in two of the following three areas of expertise:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Environmental Sciences
  • A practical bachelor thesis relevant for the field of Environmental Toxicology.


German, foreign students with a German "Abitur" and EU/EEA citizens should apply via the university's application portal:


Deadline is July, 15th for a start in October

Interested students from outside the EU/EEA should apply via our online portal:


Deadline is June, 15th for a start in October

In some cases we accept applications which arrive later than the above mentioned deadlines. Please contact the student coordinator, if you want to apply after the deadline to make sure that this is possible.

Examination board


Prof. Dr. Bernd Sures
S05 T03 B29
Tel. 0201/183-2617

Office hours: on appointment

Language requirements

An English certification of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) with a level of at least B2 is expected. For admission, TOEFL (internet  based  test) with a score of at least 100 or IELTS with a score of at least 6.5 is required.

Professional work experiences (+)


An internship is obligatory.

Internship Period

The duration of the internship is 16 weeks.


It is recommended to do the internship in the third semester.


The internship offers the opportunity to make first practical experiences in industry, administration and consultant or academic institutions in Germany or abroad. The aim is to run a project by applying suitable methods.


22 credit points

Network and Careers (+) (+)

Graduates in Master of Environmental Toxicology are experts in the monitoring and assessment of xenobiotics and other anthropogenic substances. They can hold position in the fields of:

  • Chemical and pharmaceutical industry
  • Private and administrational offices
  • Analytical laboratories
  • Environmental protection agencies and NGOs
  • Furthermore, successful students may also continue their academic education aiming at a PhD.

General course guidance for prospective and current students (+)

We offer a variety of consulting formats. Please see our contact page for how and when you can get in touch with us.

Contact to the faculty and advisory service (+)


Faculty of Biology (Campus Essen)

Programme-specific advisors (teaching staff)

Dr. Sabina Marks
S05 V01 E34
Tel. 0201/ 183 – 7491

Di 13.30-14.30

Departmental student representatives

T03 R02 C7, Tel.: 0201/183-3111

Sprechzeiten: siehe Aushang

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