A good Honours degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physiology or a related discipline. Alternatively you may be qualified in Medicine or Veterinary Science. Graduates without Honours but with at least two years' approved postgraduate experience, and non-graduates who hold diplomas or other qualifications may also be considered.
Months of entry
We provide 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. A challenging part of the programme is learning to predict the risk of toxicity and balancing this against the likely benefits of the substance concerned. The School of Biosciences is recognised internationally as a major centre for teaching and research in toxicology.
The MSc programme is of 12 months' duration, commencing in late September, and comprises four taught modules, a skills module, a synoptic module and a research project. To accommodate students who might be released from their posts in industry for short periods, or those wishing to undertake part-time study for other reasons, modules can also be taken separately over a period of 2 years.
The taught modules (5 or 6 weeks long) are as follows:
- Module 1: Metabolism and excretion of xenobiotics
- Module 2: Pharmacological, forensic and clinical aspects of toxicology
- Module 3: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity and carcinogenesis
- Module 4: Toxicology in Practice: Safety assessment in industry and the environment
- Skills Module
- Synoptic Module
- Research Project
Generic and specific skills training is embedded throughout the taught modules, and during the year you will visit a number of external establishments involved with toxicology. The research project (12 weeks from May to August) takes place in a university, research institute, industry or a hospital environment. Many take place away from the University and/or Birmingham giving you the opportunity to experience other working environments.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk
Information for international students
International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/scholarships
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||40|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||10|
|Dissertation||35 (10000 words)|
Course contact details
- Postgraduate enquiry service
- 0121 414 5005