Study Program

All students take the 9 required modules, as well as a 10-week Research Project Course and an Applied Module at External Organisations of 8 weeks to obtain a deep knowledge in the field of Ecotoxicology. Afterwards, studentes personalize the Program by choosing 2 Modules of the 5 Specialty Areas. The Master Thesis with colloquium round out the 4-semester Program.

Specialty Areas:

  • Applied Environmental Chemistry & Environmental Physics,
  • Chemistry,
  • Applied Ecology,
  • Geoecology and
  • Socioeconomics & Environmental Management

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Detailed description of the study program and the modules:

 

Applied Module at External Organizations (AMEO)

The module AMEO is an 8-week internship, which can be performed at an external university or a governmental or industrial research institute in Germany or abroad. Students become familiar with working practice, requirements of the job market and career opportunities and can establish business contacts. They apply, confirm and expand knowledge and competences achieved during their study.

Following an introductory discussion with the supervisors, the students perform the (research) work on their own and discuss the obtained results regularly with their supervisors. The content depends on the actual research questions in the selected research organizations. Topics or possible positions will be suggested by the staff of the Institute for Environmental Sciences or maybe suggested by the students. The topics should be directly related to applied problems relevant in these external organisations and should ideally offer the students opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in areas, which are not the particular research areas at the Institute for Environmental Sciences in Landau. They include, but are not restricted to the following areas:

  • Engineering aspects (e.g. hydrology, mitigation techniques)
  • Multimedia modelling
  • Food web modelling
  • Fish, bird or mammal ecotoxicology and risk assessment
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Socioeconomics
  • Specific aspects in regulatory ecotoxicology
  • Risk communication, economic or societal aspects

 

Research Project Course (RPC)

The students work independently on a research topic of the university for a total time of about 10 weeks. The topics depend on the actual research conducted in the various research groups. However, all topics do have an interdisciplinary character covering at least two different disciplines (e.g. chemistry and ecology, or physics and risk assessment). The students submit proposals for topics selected from a list provided by the teaching staff including a time and resource planning as well as an independently conducted literature search. Following an introductory discussion with the supervisor, the students perform the research work on their own and discuss the obtained results regularly with their supervisor. Following the practical work, the students write a report including the theoretical background, the methods used, the results obtained and a discussion of the results based on the relevant scientific literature. The students present and defend the outcome of their work at an oral presentation. Following successful completion the students are able to plan a scientific work package, conduct the work, evaluate the results based on the relevant literature and present the outcomes.

The content depends on the actual research questions in the research groups associated with the Institute for Environmental Sciences. They include, but are not restricted to the following areas:

  • Chemical experiments in the lab
  • Environmental colloid chemistry
  • Environmental organic chemistry
  • Physical transport or transfer processes of environmental chemicals
  • Ecotoxicological lab tests
  • Ecotoxicological field studies
  • In situ or monitoring work in the field
  • Molecular genetics
  • GIS data analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Exposure, effect or landscape modelling
  • Assessment or management of risks