Taught course

Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring (e-learning)

Ulster University · School of Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry to the PgDip:

  • You must hold a degree in a science or other suitable discipline or demonstrate your ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Entry to the MSc:

  • You initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and if you complete the PgDip with an overall mark of 50% or higher you can proceed to the MSc programme.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The PgDip/MSc Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring course provides advanced training in environmental toxicology, monitoring techniques and global environmental legislation.

This course is ideal if you are already working in the environmental field or wish to pursue a career in this area as it fulfils the demand for trained personnel in the environmental regulatory agencies, in companies subject to such regulation, and in companies involved in providing support services such as monitoring and consultancy.

We have been running this course in distance learning format for over fifteen years.

The specific objectives of the course are to develop an understanding of:

  • the general mechanisms of toxicity
  • the basis of setting environmental quality standards
  • the behaviour of contaminants in water, air and soil
  • the main toxicological problems of contaminants in the environment
  • the legislative controls on contaminants

To take this course, you will need access to a computer with a fast internet connection. The course uses the Blackboard learning environment and the modules are delivered using online lectures, including practical and tutorial material. Students and staff interact via email, discussion boards, online chat and telephone. You will find that this course is much more flexible than traditional on-campus university courses as you can study using your own computer and the internet, at your own pace, any place and any time (within given timeframes).

Students come from a variety of backgrounds and have included employees from areas such as:

  • The Pharmaceutical Industry;
  • Oil, Gas and Nuclear Industries;
  • Government Environmental Protection Agencies;
  • Engineering and Mining Companies;
  • Environmental Consultants;
  • Laboratory Technicians; and
  • people from unrelated areas who may be thinking of a career change.

The geographical spread of our students has been global, with students from many areas of the European Union and also further afield such as Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and the United States.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.5).

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 PT months


distance learning
36 PT months

Course contact details

Dr Richard Douglas
+44 (0) 28 7012 4159