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Overview

This course provides knowledge and skills necessary to understand the impact of chemicals in the environment.

Summary

This course provides knowledge and skills necessary to understand the impact of chemicals in the environment. Specific areas covered include: the major toxicants, both organic and inorganic: sources, pathways and fate of major toxicants; specific effects on organisms (including humans); physiological and biochemical principles of toxicity testing; LD50 & NOEC; risk assessment of soils and water; environmental quality standards and toxicity quotients.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201718/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-13809

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About this course

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About

This course provides knowledge and skills necessary to understand the impact of chemicals in the environment. Specific areas covered include: the major toxicants, both organic and inorganic: sources, pathways and fate of major toxicants: specific effects on organisms (including humans); physiological and biochemical principles of toxicity testing; LD50 & NOEC; risk assessment of soils and water; environmental quality standards and toxicity quotients.

This course is relevant to people employed in local authorities, national and regional governments, international organisations including development agencies, academic and research institutes and private consultancies. The course aims to provide new, and synthesize, existing knowledge and skills necessary to understand the impact of chemicals on organisms and the environment. In addition it aims to provide a basis for participants to assess the importance of chemicals in the environment and analyse how their knowledge can be applied to real-life situations.

Linked programmes

PgDip/MSc Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,

Assessment

100% Coursework - (1) Essay (2500 words) entitled ‘Have the harmful effects of environmental chemicals upon man and ecosystems lessened since Rachel Carson published her book, Silent Spring, in 1962?’ (25%), (2) Online Test based on content from the first six weeks (25%), (3) Précis of an investigation into a field assessment of Environmental Quality Standards (consists of two parts; an initial two page précis of 1500 words and a 250 word précis of it (only the 250 word précis is assessed) (10%), (4) Tier I risk assessment of lake sediment contaminated by chemicals deposited from the atmosphere, use of two ecotoxicity tests to establish biological effects in sediment (5 page limit) (20%) and (5) Use of two ecotoxicity tests to establish biological effects in sediment (10 page limit) (20%).

Attendance

This course is delivered online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements starting 29 January 2018.

Entry requirements

Degree in science or other relevant discipline.

English Language Requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Start dates

  • 29 January 2018
How to apply

Apply

How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pgsc

Start dates

  • 29 January 2018

Fees and funding

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Prices

Northern Ireland & EU:
£881.70
England, Scotland & Wales:
£881.70
International:
£2,206.50

Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/fees/payment_policy_1718.pdf

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Contact

Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680