Taught course

Forensic Toxicology

University of Glasgow · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

You should have an Honours degree in chemistry, biochemistry, forensic science or other suitable chemical science. Applicants with appropriate skills and experience in the field of forensic toxicology will also be considered. You are required to provide two references and full degree transcript plus a personal statement indicating why you wish to study this programme at the University of Glasgow.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters programme is designed to provide students with an in depth working knowledge of the principles and practice of Forensic Toxicology. The major strength of this programme is that students will be studying within a working environment of one of the leading ISO/IEC 17025 accredited forensic toxicology laboratories worldwide. The MSc programme will be of particular interest to individuals interested in pursuing or furthering their careers in the field of forensic toxicology including court-reporting scientists, laboratory managers, and academics. In addition, this programme will enable graduates to gain experience in research before subsequent application to a doctoral degree programme.

Why Glasgow

  • We are the only taught programme in the UK focusing on the subject of forensic toxicology.
  • We are the only programme in the UK delivered by practitioners in forensic toxicology.
  • Students can learn first-hand within a unit with one of the largest forensic toxicology laboratories. No other Universities offering a taught MSc have an associated laboratory.
  • Research and teaching laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment rivalling many forensic toxicology service laboratories in the UK
  • The laboratories are accredited to ISO/IEC17025 standard with UKAS. They are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and you will have access to a variety of instruments including GC/MS, GC-HS, HPLC, LC/MS and AAS.
  • Direct link with our doctoral research programme.
  • Our staff are regularly called to present evidence to courts throughout the UK as expert witnesses and you will have the opportunity to visit Scottish courts in session and to develop presentation skills in a moot court exercise.
  • Students are introduced to ISO17025 accreditation and Quality Management Systems.
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures for the Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences and the Scottish Medico-Legal Society. This grants you exposure to experts from a wide range of forensic and legal disciplines including scientists, lawyers and procurators fiscal.

Programme Structure


  • Principles of forensic toxicology
  • Laboratory techniques in forensic toxicology
  • Advanced instrumentation
  • Case review and interpretation
  • Research and laboratory management
  • Project.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training): overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Medicine