University of Birmingham

Master in Toxicology - Máster en Toxicología

University of Birmingham
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    £8,370 FT (Home/EU students)
    £18,900 FT (International Students)
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Curso se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Toxicology MSc
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    This programme provides vocational training in the theoretical, clinical and laboratory aspects of toxicology.

    You will learn about the nature and mechanism of adverse effects of chemicals such as those found in industry, in the household, in agriculture, in medicine and those that occur naturally in the environment. We give particular emphasis to molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity and to risk assessment.


    Typical offer:
    Good UK Honours degree or overseas equivalent
    A minimum of 2.1 or equivalent for EU/overseas degrees or a minimum of 2.2 or equivalent for home/EU degree 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.

    International students:

    Academic requirements
    We accept a range of qualifications

    English language requirements

    You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

    by holding an English language qualification to the right level
    by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students


    provide a broad, modern training in the theoretical and practical aspects of toxicology
    prepare individuals to collate, interpret and communicate toxicological information
    provide an opportunity to study at the cutting edge of research in a chosen specialist field of toxicology in clinical practice, industry or academia
    develop student awareness of the importance of toxicology to industry, health, the environment and society


    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:

    Semester 1

    Module 1 Metabolism and Mechanisms of Toxicity
    Module 2 Forensic, Clinical and Occupational Toxicology
    Semester 2

    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.

    Research project

    This takes place over 12 weeks from May to August and is an opportunity for the student to select a research topic from their area of interest. Projects can be based in the University, a research institute, a hospital, an environmental agency or in industry in this country or overseas. They can be laboratory based, computer based or literature/survey based. So a wide variety of exciting opportunities are available but in all cases students will investigate a toxicological problem in depth and write a detailed report of their findings for submission.

    Collaborating organisations have included:

    Cancer Research Campaign laboratories
    the Regional Toxicology Unit
    the Health Protection Agency
    the MRC Toxicology Unit
    the MRC Institute for Environment and Health
    the National Center for Toxicological research, Jefferson, USA.
    There is an industry sponsored prize awarded annually for the best project dissertation

    Salidas profesionales

    The success rate of students on the MSc in Toxicology programme is approximately 95% and the career opportunities are excellent. Even in times of economic hardship toxicology remains a necessary and important area for funding. The current concern over environmental safety adds to these opportunities.

    Those completing the programme in recent years have been employed, for example, in:

    the pharmaceutical industries
    contract research laboratories
    government bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency
    NHS Poisons Units
    water research establishments in pollution control
    hospital and research laboratories


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