Master of Science in Toxicology
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|Description:||This programme provides vocational training in the theoretical, clinical and laboratory aspects of toxicology. Our Toxicology programmes are designed to meet the future needs of the sector, with contributions by international experts from the pharmaceutical industries, contract research companies, government and external toxicology centres.|
Hands-on training, Lecture
Mandatory, Optional / Voluntary
1 year full time, 2 years part time
A good second class Honours degree, or equivalent for EU/overseas degrees, in Biochemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Zoology/Animal Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Physiology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Medical Science. Graduates not fully meeting the criteria but with at least two years approved postgraduate experience may also be considered.
In vitro methods, Legislative aspects
Substantial coverage (e.g. multiple modules)
|Details on the topic or technology covered:||
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The MSc is of 12 months duration commencing late September and can be take either full-time over one year or part-time over two years. It comprises six 20 credit taught modules and a 60 credit research project. There are two taught modules in both semester 1 and 2 that run in parallel and are taught on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday respectively making the course suitable for part-time students who can take one module each semester over a 2-year period:
Module 1 Metabolism and Mechanisms of Toxicity
Module 2 Forensic, Clinical and Occupational Toxicology
Module 3 Assessing Toxic Potential
Module 4 Regulatory Science and Toxicology for the 21st Century
Twenty credits of generic and specific training is embedded throughout the taught modules reinforcing teaching and providing a wide variety of transferable skills. A final synoptic exam encourages the development of an integrated view of the subject. During the year you will make several site visits to establishments involved in toxicological research and development. International experts from outside the university make a substantial contribution to the taught modules and the material covered is driven by the needs of industry for toxicology training.
As well as specialist disciplinary knowledge, graduates of the MSc Toxicology programme will also acquire many transferable skills such as the ability to design experiments using a variety of research techniques, collate and interpret the data, use of specialist computer software packages to predict metabolism and toxicity, communication and interpersonal skills, which will all provide an appropriate grounding for employment or further study.
|Accreditation body and/or authority that approved the education or training:||
UK Register of Toxicologists
and please see attached pdf file on ERT courses
MSc diploma: 20 credit taught modules and a 60 credit research project.
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