Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability

University of Siena
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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Application deadline: First intake: 2023-11-13 to 2024-01-15; Second intake: 2024-02-01 to 2024-04-29.
University of Siena

About this program

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge in the fields of ecotoxicology sustainability and environmental management analyses. The sustainability of human actions can be assessed from two points of view: the first that goes in the direction of making the resources used increasingly renewable, and the second that aims at minimizing the effects of human actions on the environment.

This course of study develops on three levels: a theoretical-epistemological one, to understand the complexity of natural and anthropic systems and to investigate their scientific bases; a second, more practical one, to develop environmental monitoring and evaluation techniques and indicators, to study transformation processes, ecosystems, and territorial and economic systems. The third level allows us to gain an overall view, to prefigure economic development scenarios based on what the American ecologist H. Odum calls “prosperity without growth”.

Admission requirements

Bachelor/Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

After you have applied, an Enrolment Committee will assess your competences and skills against the requirements of the MSc program.

Admission criteria

The admission to the Master of a graduate who is in possession of a degree awarded by a foreign University or an equivalent foreign institute is evaluated by the Didactic Committee through a case by case assessment, considering the documentation received through online procedures, on the basis of the relevance and consistency of the qualification obtained abroad (and of the entire training course) with the training objectives of the Master, as well as linguistic knowledge.

Procedures at the Italian Diplomatic Representatives

Non-EU citizens

Non-EU citizens are invited to contact the Italian Diplomatic Representation of their countries as soon as possible in order to obtain all the required documents for the pre-enrollment at the University of Siena and for information regarding the VISA process.

EU citizens – Non EU citizens with regular permit to stay – Italians with degrees obtained abroad

They must contact the appropriate Italian Diplomatic Representation in order to obtain all the documents required for enrollment in the University of Siena.

Language requirements

In order to take the MSc courses, students must have adequate knowledge of the English language, at minimum B2 level, as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students can demonstrate the required knowledge level either through an approved international certification (see the list) of international certifications recognized by the University of Siena), or by passing a B2 level exam at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA).

Knowledge of Italian language

The Italian language proficiency test is compulsory for all non-EU candidates residing abroad who enroll in a course taught in Italian and who do not have a language certification that allows the exemption from the test.

A motivation letter must be added to your application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for information.

Program delivery

In addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method also in the next Academic Year, every single lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed and/or video recorded and uploaded on our digital platform for subsequent viewing. This mode is essential for students who are temporarily unable to be on premises.


The amount for each international student is based on the student’s country of origin and the course chosen.

Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits - 120 ECTS

Awards - MSc (LM-75 Class of second cycle degrees in Sciences and technologies for the environment and the territory)

Career paths

The Master’s Degree in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability is able to train master’s graduates with a theoretical and practical preparation such that they can be inserted in different employment situations, national and international, such as:

  • public and private research facilities;
  • public structures responsible for the control and management of environmental quality, for the conservation of biodiversity, nature and the territory (e.g. Ministry of the Environment, Regional and Provincial Administrations);
  • specific agencies (e.g. ISPRA, regional and provincial agencies, CPS & Q, ECHA);
  • private facilities in the areas of emissions, effluent and waste control;
  • Companies operating in the consultancy field providing professional management studies, analysis and assessment of environmental impact, analysis and assessment of environmental risk, support for territorial planning;
  • Private companies operating in several industrial/manufacturing sectors such as: chemical, pharmaceutical, mine-metallurgical, iron and steel, energy production industry, agri-food, logistics, as ecotoxicologists, experts in LCA, sustainability project managers, environmental analysts.

The employment opportunities are expected to increase in the near future for a number of reasons:

  • increasing environmental sensibility expressed by companies, consumers and the market in general;
  • approval of the regulations like the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances (REACH);
  • diffusion and increase in use of environmental certification procedures and labels;

In fact, modern society manifests a growing need for expert ecotoxicologists, managers of risks deriving from “industrial chemical” substances, managers of natural resources and natural systems, land use planners, mobility managers, to cite some examples. Those aspects are sanctioned not only by the current national and / or community legislation, but also by the growing need to comply with international protocols and conventions. Graduates will also have further career opportunities in higher education, university education and in scientific communication and dissemination.
With regard to access to the professions (DPR 328/01 of 05.06.2001, GU of 08/17/2001) the master’s degree in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability, allows, subject to passing the prescribed state examination, enrolment in the Register of Biologists and Geologists Register.

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