University of Bergen

Environmental toxicology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Environmental Toxicology is the study of environmental contaminants and their effects on different organisms. Environmental Toxicology is an interdisciplinary research field that requires extensive knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, biology, and molecular biology. Knowledge of chemistry is important to understand how the substance's chemical properties affect dispersion, distribution and uptake by organisms. University of Bergen offers the MS in Environmental toxicology.


The molecular biological knowledge is important to gain insight into the mechanisms that determine the substance's behavior and impact on fundamental life processes such as reproduction, metabolism and growth. Cellular biology and molecular biological methods are central to this research, along with bioinformatic analyses of changes in the transcriptome and proteome of study organisms.

The research ranges from studies of the ability of endocrine disrupting substances to activate nuclear receptors in cell cultures, to investigations of pollutants dispersion and biological effects in field and laboratory experiments. Current model systems include Oikopleura, cod, stickleback, zebrafish, salmon, seals, polar bears, mice and humans.

The aim of the MS Environmental toxicology programme from University of Bergen is to provide students with a broad understanding of the subject Environmental Toxicology and research within this field, and a good understanding of current issues in the discipline and its role in society. This Master's degree will make the student qualified to go into a wide range of positions where knowledge of pollutants and environmental toxicology is relevant.Required Learning Outcomes

The graduated candidates should
  • Understand the dicipline in a societal context
  • Understand the biological basis for environmental toxicology
  • have extensive knowledge about environmental toxicants and their ability to cause effects in organisms or on the environment
  • Have well founded scientific knowledge and skills in environmental toxicology
  • Understand the scientific working methods and master the relevant analytical methods in this field of study
  • Be able to carry out a scientific project, in accordance with the scientific method and current practice
  • Be able to interpret, discuss and disseminate research results and methods in the students own project
  • Use scientific working methods and use modern methods.
  • Retrieve, evaluate and apply new knowledge within the field
  • Handle, and present quantitative data, and evaluate confidence to conclusions by use of basic statistical principles
General competences
  • Be able to work independently with comprehensive and demanding scientific tasks.
  • Be able to work independently and in a team with extensive and demanding academic tasks
  • Present, oral and written, scientific results based on analysis, in the context of existing research results also to non-specialists
  • Be able to discuss the subject in public debate
  • Be able to analyze biological scientific issues and participate in the discussion of approaches and ways of solving the issue.
  • Show understanding and respect for scientific values such as remaining accurate, open, honest, objective, factual and distinguish between knowledge and opinions

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Data Analysis and Research Design
  • Toxicology
  • Biostatistics
  • Selected Topics in Environmental Toxicology
  • Master's Thesis in Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

The selection of students for admission to the Master's programme in Biology is based on the following criteria:
  • Academic degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, or equivalent, not older than two years (exceptions can be made if the applicant has relevant work experience)
  • The average grade of the Bachelor's degree must be at least 2nd class/B or the equivalent as academic result
  • Your Bachelor's degree must include specialization in biology/molecular biology corresponding to minimum 60 ECTS (one academic year) and should be documented with course descriptions and learning outcomes for the degree
  • A good command of English (documented by English test
Additional consideration is given to the following:
  • Lab experience and practical field experience (must be documented)
  • Depth and relevance of educational training
  • Extent and relevance of work experience
  • The applicant's prospects for having a productive career in the special field of study
  • Consideration to ensure diversity in the pool of students admitted to the programme
Number of self-financing students admitted to the master's programme: max 3 students

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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Living costs for Bergen

7990 - 8840 NOK/month
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