Course Contents and Structure
The Master´s programme comprises four semesters of full-time study with a total amount of 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
- Applied Environmental Chemistry & Physics (ACP),
- Applied Ecology (AÖK),
- Geoecology (GEO) and
- Socioeconomics & Environmental Management (SÖU),
have to be chosen to offer an insight into the neighbouring fields of science.
An Applied Module at External Organisations (AMEO), an eight-week internship at an external research institute or industry partner in Germany or abroad have to be performed in the 2nd semester.
The 3rd semester is characterised by its focus on a Research Project Course (RPC), whereas the students participate in a research project of the university for ten weeks.
In addition the graduates are obliged to take part in four one-day excursions during their study.
Finally the degree is to be completed in the 4th semester with a six-months Master´s thesis and a colloquium.
The module AMEO is an eight-week internship, where students work independently on a research topic at an external university, governmental or industrial research lab in Germany or abroad.
The content of the internship depends on the actual research questions in the selected organisations. They should be directly related to applied problems relevant in these external organisations and should ideally offer the students to apply their knowledge and skills in areas, which are not the particular research areas at the Institute for Environmental Sciences in Landau.
Following the practical work, the students write a short report (1-2 pages) and introduce theirinternship in a short oral presentation to all students in order to offer an exchange of information and experiences between the students.
In this course the students work independently on a research project of the Institute for Environmental Sciences for a total time of about 10 weeks. The topics depend on the actual research conducted in the various 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.
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. The selected topics will be studied under the guidance of at least two teaching staff members representing the two science disciplines involved. 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. The mark obtained for this module includes the proposal, the practical work itself as well as the report and final presentation/discussion. Following successful completion the students therefore are able to plan a scientific work package conduct the work, evaluate the results based on the relevant literature and present the outcomes.
The excursions provide external-university experiences in the disciplines relevant for ecotoxicology. The students have the choice to take part in four one-day excursions or one several-day excursion (at least 3 days) from the fields of ecotoxicology or environmental sciences depending on the areas of personal study interests/priorities.
The students may start to work on the thesis after having completed their 3rd semester and if at least 90 CP are obtained.
The students work independently on a research topic for a total time of about 6 months. The topics depend on the actual research conducted in the various research groups of the Institute for Environmental Sciences.
All topics should have an interdisciplinary character covering at least two different disciplines. The topics will be studied under the guidance of at least two teaching staff members representing the two science disciplines involved. In a reasonable particular case the Master’s thesis may also be conducted at an external organisation.
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 thesis has to be written in English language.
The students participate in a colloquium, in which they present the topic, issue, targets and proceedings of their work. Following the presentation the work is discussed with other students and teaching staff members.
Further details are pointed out in the examination regulations.