Taught course

Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Brunel University, London · Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a relevant scientific discipline such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental sciences or other life-sciences-related disciplines. Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year. English Language Requirements IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Months of entry


Course content

The Toxicology and Risk Assessment Masters course caters for the current global need for toxicologists and ecotoxicologists who are competent in conducting hazard and risk evaluation of chemical substances.

The course is designed to train students for a career as registered toxicologists. It is suitable for graduates interested in obtaining a qualification in human and environmental health as well as students already in full time employment working for industry, contract laboratories or government agencies, who require either formal qualifications or intend to revalidate their qualifications in toxicology.

This will contribute to their continuing professional development (CPD) and towards the requirements for the UK Register of Toxicologists.

We also offer some of the MSc modules as standalone CPD courses.


The course has been specifically designed to equip students with the skills to critically evaluate and understand chemical hazards, as well as make informed decisions in terms of potential health risks for both humans and wildlife.

You will be provided with an advanced, multi-disciplinary and current understanding of the effects of chemicals on human and environmental health and the consequent impact on chemical risk assessment and regulation.

During your MSc you will be based in the Environmental Sciences group within the College of Health and Life Sciences, which is closely linked to one of Brunel’s flagship research institutes: the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS). IEHS is a rapidly expanding research centre housing a strong team of leading experts held in high international regard in their respective fields. In 2011, our research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Given this background, we are committed to research-led and innovative teaching.

Special Features


We provide flexible options to attend our course, in a way that best suits the individual student. In addition to an MSc in Toxicology and Risk Assessment, students can also register for Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A number of our specialised modules are run as intensive short-courses, which can be taken individually by participants without having to enrol for the full course. The aim is to support professionals already in employment in advancing their knowledge in specific areas, as well as developing their careers. These modules are:

  • Chemical Regulation and Legislation in the EU (five-day course, autumn term, 15 credits)
  • Designing, Analysing and Interpreting (Eco) Toxicological Studies (six-day course, autumn term, 15 credits)
  • Current Practice in Chemical Risk Assessment (five-day course, autumn term, 15 credits)
  • Mixtures Toxicology and Cumulative Risk Assessment (five-day course, spring term, 15 credits)

The credits achieved with these short-courses will contribute to the graduate’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and towards the requirements to register or revalidate registration with the UK Register of Toxicologists.

'Hands-on' learning

Adult learning happens more productively if students are faced with realistic, challenging problems which direct the learning process. In this course, students will be presented with carefully selected, relevant ‘real-world’ scenarios and case-studies derived from the cutting-edge of practice and science, which will be used to illustrate basic and complex principles throughout the course.


The qualification obtained with our course, as well as the CPD modules, contribute towards the requirements for the UK Register of Toxicologists.

Information for international students

Accommodation provided on campus. Please contact Brunel University's International Office: www.brunel.ac.uk/international Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time
International students
£15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

Scholarship scheme is available for this MSc course

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Elisabete Silva and Prof Andreas Kortenkamp
+44 (0)1895 266105