Course description

This course uses different modeling concepts to investigate how physicochemical properties and environmental factors affect contaminant transport and fate in the environment, bioaccumulation of contaminants in food webs and human exposure to contaminants.

The knowledge is useful in research within environmental chemistry and (eco)toxicology, risk analysis, environmental consultancy, chemical regulation and chemical stewardship in industry.

Topics covered include:

  • Physicochemical properties of organic contaminants
  • Partitioning of organic contaminants between air, water, soil, sediment and biota
  • Transport processes and reactions of organic contaminants in the environment
  • Basic modeling concepts and application of multimedia environmental models to contaminants
  • Modeling bioaccumulation of contaminants
  • Modeling pathways of human exposure to contaminants
  • Application of models in regulatory work

Course includes lectures, seminars, exercises and modelling workshops.

Required course for MSc in Environmental Science, Elective course in the natural sciences

Special eligibility requirements

BSc or 120 ECTS in natural science where at least 30 ECTS are in Chemistry, good command of English.


Student counsellors

Environmental Science
Miljö- och hälsoskydd

Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry


Late application spring 2019

Courses spring 2019 will open for late application 14 Dec 2018.
Sen ansökan för kurser VT19 öppnar 14 dec 2018.
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