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Ecological Toxicology: Physiology

Course
Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-21051
Tuition
Full education cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK

Summary

This is an in-depth course in biology and environmental science that is aimed at those who wish to supplement and deepen their knowledge in ecotoxicology mainly at cellular and individual level but it also covers some aspects at molecular and population level as well. It is an experimental course and intends to provide insight into various ecotoxicological tests, including such used for monitoring the environment. The course is aimed at both the aquatic and the terrestrial environment.

About

The course deals with toxicological and ecotoxicological principles, measurement methods, effects and mechanisms of action with an emphasis on the individual level, as well as testing for sublethal toxic effects such as changes in growth, reproduction and tissue damage. The course also addresses toxic effects at the suborganism level. It includes studies of changes in gene expression such as enzymes and metabolites and associated functions and regulation. The intention is to provide knowledge about the molecular mechanisms of toxic substances. Effects at the superorganism level include changes in phenotype and genotype, as well as physiological fitness of the individuals in a population. The course is experimental and intends to provide insight into various ecotoxicological tests, including such tests that are used for monitoring the environment. The course is aimed at both aquatic and terrestrial environment. The course will also provide an orientation on the sources of environmental toxins, transport, distribution, degradation and final destination in the environment.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

University studies of a minimum of 60 credits in Biology and Molecular Biology/Cellbiology. 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.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

Facilities

The teaching is mainly conducted at the Zoology house (Medicinaregatan 18 A).

Recommended study route

This is an experimentally oriented course and the part of the course covered by the course literature is essentially obtained through self-study. Teaching on the course focus on principles and treats more difficult sections.