Environmental Chemistry

General information

The goal of the studies is to prepare graduates with deep theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of chemical contamination of the environment and its results. Graduates of environmental chemistry acquire knowledge common to all chemistry disciplines and providing theoretical and practical foundations for their next study. This chemical knowledge is deepened in environmental chemistry, analytical methods, process studies and the effects of chemical substances on living organisms. Graduates study subjects aimed at transport and transformation processes affecting behaviour of chemical substances, characteristics of each abiotic and biotic parts together with studies of sources, occurrence, behaviour of chemicals and relationships between chemical substances and their biological effects. Further focus is on sampling, processing and assessment of the data in environmental analytical chemistry, including focus on quality assurance/quality control of the information as well as interpretation of data from laboratory and field experiments. The student gains experience of advanced separation and fractionation approaches and analytical methods for trace and ultratrace analysis of chemicals in all environmental compartments. In addition, studies include toxicology, ecotoxicology, risk assessment and topics in environmental technologies, as well as environmental informatics and modelling.

A successful graduate is able to

  • define and solve particular problems in an independent and creative way
  • use the knowledge of basic chemical disciplines to understand the occurrence, fate and effects of chemicals in the environment
  • understand environmental aspects of human activities and evaluate technologies from the viewpoint of environmental impacts
  • identify, analyse and suggest solutions to a wide spectrum of environmental problems
  • safely handle chemicals, work independently in the chemical laboratory and operate a wide spectrum of instrumentation
  • apply methods of environmental sampling and analysis to specific environmental problems
  • design and carry out chemical experiments to explore environmental processes, fate of chemicals and their effects
  • analyse measured data, interpret and discuss the results from monitoring studies and laboratory experiments
  • combine their own results with the information from literature or chemical databases, evaluate their own and gathered information and produce scientific papers and reports
  • predict and model the distribution of chemicals in the environment, their effects and risks
  • present the results of their own work, discuss them and communicate on environmental issues in English as well

Graduate employment

Graduates are prepared for jobs in both basic and applied research, managerial positions and anywhere else where environmental issues are in play. This includes practically oriented jobs in state or private organizations focused on analysis, regulation, control and protection of the environment. They are well prepared to do environmental measurements and monitoring, a wide spectrum of analyses in laboratories, and also to work with data and their interpretation. Possible positions can be found in industry as environmental managers, chemists or technologists. They can work in the production, processing, management, sale and disposal of chemical substances. Graduates are also well prepared for fundamental and applied research in industry, academia or research and development institutions. They are ready for work with scientific information, writing projects and reports, eventually teaching and supervising. Graduates are specialists of a high quality but they are also flexible, thanks to the broad educational background, to easily adapt in related fields. They are equipped with language knowledge and they can also do all named jobs abroad.

Faculty Faculty of Science
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Environmental Chemistry

This field of study is only offered in single-subject study mode

Admission Requirements

Written exam on the bachelor exam level (only in Czech).

Recommended literature

As seen on bachelor exam.

Evaluation criteria

Result of entrance exam.

Frequently enrolled courses

Recommended study plans and other information can be found in the faculty study catalouge.

Additional information

Contact person: prof. Jana Klánová (klanova@recetox.muni.cz)


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