An Erasmus Mundus accreditation for the ECT+ Master program

Awarded the Erasmus Mundus label of excellence by the European Commission, discover the Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Master program, focusing on the environmental contamination of natural habitats.

  • 31/10/2019

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Launching in September 2020, the Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (ECT+) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree is a multidisciplinary and international 2 year course, taught entirely in English. ECT+ provides postgraduate training in academic excellence in the fields of ecotoxicology, toxicology and environmental chemistry, with solid conceptual foundations and innovative practical components, based on a translational approach.

Initiated in 2016 within the framework of the Euro-regional Bordeaux-Euskampus Campus of Excellence, exchanges between the COTE Cluster of Excellence, the EPOC CNRS laboratory (Oceanic and Continental Environments and Paleoenvironments) and the University of the Basque Country paved the way for this international Master project.

A wide-ranging program, covering chemical pollution and its environmental impact

ECT+ specializes in understanding interactions between chemical pollution, the contamination of living organisms and ecosystem disturbances. It includes a strong focus on human and environmental health risk management, in relation to the use and disposal of chemicals in a scenario of global change.

As a result, students benefit from advanced knowledge in a variety of disciplines such as analytical and environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, cellular and molecular biology, global chemical issues, ecology, ecosystem health assessment, environmental policies and risk management, in accordance with European treaties, conventions and directives.

Students follow a joint program, combining the different disciplines on offer at each of the 6 partner universities. They may further tailor their study program by choosing between alternative mobility pathways that propose 6 career profiles: aquatic contamination and toxicology; soil contamination and toxicology; arctic contamination and toxicology; water quality and wastewater contamination; environmental analytical chemistry and environmental risk assessment.

Providing graduates with skills that fit the requirements of the current job market

The curriculum responds to an increasing demand for graduates capable and qualified of taking a leading role in various environmental sectors. These sectors include research, ecotoxicology, environmental protection and management, within both the chemical industry and local and global non-governmental organizations.

Public and private sector employers require young, highly qualified graduates to fulfill roles as managers, planners, decision-makers, researchers or advisers who can solve complex problems. ECT+ ensures that graduates are specialists in the analysis of environmental contamination issues, field measurements, experiments, laboratory tests and modelling, as well as environmental program development.

 The program has been developed by a consortium of six leading European universities in the domains of ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry from 4 different countries, coordinated by the University of the Basque Country (Spain), in partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), the University of Porto (Portugal), the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (France), the University of Liège (Belgium) and the University of Bordeaux, with the invaluable contribution of a global network of associates.

The training program also strengthens the internationalization of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by promoting its attractiveness to the best international students and by offering them valuable opportunities to follow part of the curriculum at a foreign university.

ECT+ enhances graduates’ employability and is very attractive to new environmentalists working in the field of chemical pollution and the evaluation of its impact in a global context.

Agnès Feurtet-Mazel and Nathalie Geneste, ECT+ coordinators —