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Study programme "Environmental Chemistry"

The study program "Environmental Chemistry" within master academic studies has a workload of 60 ECTS and includes one compulsory course (9 ECTS) and two elective courses (18 ECTS), research study (13 ECTS altogether) and the final thesis (20 ECTS). Within the elective courses students can opt for the courses which they have not taken during their undergraduate studies and/or advanced courses which build on the core courses. Through individual work with a supervisor within the research study and writing the final thesis, students are instructed on how to conduct independent research work.

The planned teaching methods are lectures, laboratory (experimental) classes, practical classes and term papers. Bearing in mind the special characteristics of this study program, laboratory classes include individual work within which students have an opportunity to use the latest instruments and equipment. The Faculty of Chemistry has the latest instruments and they will be available to the students of master academic studies within their training.

The teaching is organized through work with small groups of students and through individual work with a supervisor, while the teaching methods are adapted according to the number of students (consultations, term papers, etc.). A special focus is on experimental work with the elements of research work, which is generally performed through teamwork in research laboratories. The use of computers is planned within all aspects of teaching.

Entrance requirements

Completed undergraduate academic studies with a workload of 240 ECTS.

Study programme goals

The primary goal of this study program is to educate experts with special competencies and a high level of fundamental and applied knowledge in the field of environmental chemistry whose master’s degree (along with the degree obtained within the undergraduate studies) will be recognized by all European institutions and which will enable them to find a suitable employment or to continue their education within doctoral studies in chemistry or related disciplines at Serbian or European universities.

Upon completing the master studies the candidate has the knowledge which is based on (and which sometimes exceeds) the knowledge typical of the master level of academic studies in environmental chemistry, which provides students with the ability to develop and apply ideas in the field of research in this and related disciplines.

Study outcome

Upon completing the study program Environmental Chemistry, the candidate is awarded the title "MSc in Chemistry".

Students will be able to conduct (both individually and within a team) all stages of a part of research within a research or professional project. They will gain the experience of working with modern instruments which are used in research laboratories and specialized laboratories for environmental chemistry.

Students will be able to independently apply standard and complex protocols in the study of the environment and they will be familiar with the use of computers in all stages of research work. They will be able to present the results of their work at scientific conferences both orally and in writing.

Upon completing these studies, students will have a wider knowledge in the field of environmental chemistry; they will be able to solve scientific and practical problems by applying analytical and computational methods. They will be able to work independently in chemical laboratories of various profiles and purposes (research and development, quality control, standardization, process monitoring, environmental monitoring, etc.). They will have the knowledge and skills necessary for working with real, complex samples and they will be able to study literature and present a critical overview of the collected data. They will have the experience of working independently with modern instruments and the relevant laboratory practice. They will be able to work on a research problem within a team, to present the problem in their final thesis and to defend the thesis.

Access to further studies

Diploma holders are entitled to enroll on doctoral academic studies, which have the workload of 180 ECTS.

Professional qualifications

Students who have successfully completed master academic studies in environmental chemistry:

Curriculum

Weekly number of classes for each course is shown as: lectures + practical classes + laboratory classes or as: (active teaching + independent work).

Course Code ECTS Semester
Year I 1 2
Human Health and Environment Risk Assessment 553S1 9 4+2+3  
Elective Course 1 E51S1 9  
Elective Course 2 E52S1 9  
Study and Research R51S1 3 (0+3)  
Study and Research R52S1 10   (0+10)
Master Thesis Z50S1 20   (0+20)
  60  
Elective Course 1
Elective Course 2

The courses which are compulsory within other study programs of the same level of study can also be elective courses for the students of this study program.

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