Master of Research in Molecular Mechanistic Toxicology
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|This programme provides students with a research-orientated training in the application of molecular and cell biology to develop an understanding of chemical toxicity at the cellular and molecular level. You will study within a lively, highly interactive teaching and research environment.
Hands-on training, Lecture
At least a 2:1 Honours degree with a substantial component of molecular biology
In vitro methods, Computational methods
Partial coverage (e.g. a module)
|Details on the topic or technology covered:
The programme is coordinated by the School of Biosciences, which is recognised internationally as a major centre for both teaching and research in Toxicology. Molecular Toxicology is a major component of the School of Biosciences research activities along with interactions with other departments including Chemistry and the Medical School.
Specific areas of active research include:
Mechanisms of cell toxicity
Development of novel DNA binding chemicals
Cellular proliferation and differentiation
Environmental genomics and metabolomics
Molecular biomarkers of genotoxicity, oxidative stress and cellular responses
Role of environmental and genetic factors in disease
Learning and teaching
Two five-week taught modules are held in Semester 1 in conjunction with the taught MSc in Toxicology programme. Training in generic and laboratory research skills is also an important element of the programme. The programme also includes a six-month research project, which provides students with an opportunity for further advanced research training and hands-on experience of molecular and cellular biology techniques embedded in a research laboratory. Research projects can take place either in academic or industrial institutions.
Module 1 Metabolism and Mechanisms of Toxicity (20 credits)
Module 2 Forensic, Clinical and Occupational Toxicology (20 credits)
Skills Module (10 credits)
Laboratory research project (130 credits)
After completing the course you will have gained a detailed knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of chemical toxicity (e.g. polymorphisms and metabolism, genotoxic and non-genotoxic carcinogens, mechanisms of apoptosis, cDNA microarray and other high throughput screening strategies). You will also be able to critically evaluate and interpret available scientific literature, and effectively present the results of your research to peers using both written reports and oral communications. The programme will help you to develop laboratory skills and enable you to effectively interact in a research laboratory setting.
|Accreditation body and/or authority that approved the education or training:
UK Register of Toxicologists
MSc diploma: 180 credits
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