Masters in Toxicology

Toxicology studies the negative effects of chemicals on different living organisms, with special attention given to how they affect humans. Toxicologists investigate, interpret and communicate how these effects take place and provide the necessary information for implementing protection measures.

Specialised courses analyse the noxious effects of drugs and industrial chemicals, and teach how to avoid and treat toxicity.

Toxicology is a highly interdisciplinary field connecting knowledge from biology, chemistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and environmental science. In addition to a high focus on research, toxicology also focuses on risk assessment and management for consumer products, to safeguard public health. Other responsibilities may include making sure working environments are safe for employees.

Based on diverse chemical and biological aspects of substances, toxicology studies offer various specialized sub-disciplines such as neuro-toxicology, aquatic toxicology, chemical toxicology, environmental toxicology, forensic toxicology, and medical toxicology. Courses are usually offered by universities at graduate level or higher and have a high research focus.

Toxicologists are frequently employed in industry, academia and regulatory institutions in fields such as forensics, healthcare, pharmaceutical sciences, environmental health, the regulatory sector, education, and more.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Environmental Toxicology Environmental Toxicology
  • Dec 2015
  • National $ 20,800 per year
  • International $ 20,800 per year
  • Not specified

Environmental Toxicology provides an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of the interactions of toxic elements and chemicals (drugs, pesticides, industrial pollutants, and natural products) with organisms and the environment. Specific disciplinary interests of the faculty range from basic studies in environmental toxicology, including biochemistry, nutrition, genetics, environmental chemistry, epidemiology, and veterinary medicine, to societal aspects such as risk communication, public perceptions, risk management, and environmental law.

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Veterinary Medical Sciences (Specialization in Forensic Toxicology) Veterinary Medical Sciences (Specialization in Forensic Toxicology)
  • Any time
  • International $ 525 per module
  • Not specified

The Forensic Toxicology concentration is provided by the College of Veterinary Medicine. It focuses on general and advanced principles of toxicology, forensic toxicology and drug metabolism providing a strong foundation in analytical techniques, pharmacokinetics, drug elimination and toxicology. Modules in forensic pharmacology, doping control, postmortem toxicology, expert testimony and QA/QC procedures are also featured.

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Analytical Sciences Analytical Sciences
  • Sep 2016
    Not specified
  • 12 months

The MSc in Analytical Sciences course will provide a systematic training in the application of modern analytical methods. It provides the necessary practical, interpretative analytical skills to apply a wide range of analytical techniques to key areas of application.

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Ecotoxicology Ecotoxicology
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • Non-EEA € 14,400 per year
  • 24 months

Roughly 70 new chemicals are described every hour, and modern society uses more than 100 000 of those for different purposes, for example as pesticides, pharmaceuticals or laundry agents. They are embedded in a broad range of products for industry and consumers. All of these chemicals are being potentially released into the environment at some stage of their life cycle.

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Water and Wastewater Engineering PgDip/PgCert Water and Wastewater Engineering PgDip/PgCert
  • Sep 2016
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 9,000 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 17,500 per year
  • 12 months

The Water and Wastewater Engineering programme is ideal for individuals who want to make a real difference to delivering reliable water supplies, or to maintaining and enhancing river and ground water quality. The programme is suitable for those from non-engineering and engineering disciplines alike: all we require is a science or engineering degree qualification combined with a keen interest in water and wastewater.

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Pharmacy (Clinical Toxicology) Pharmacy (Clinical Toxicology)
  • Jan 2016
  • Aug 2016
  • International $ 525 per module
  • Not specified

The Master's degree program is designed for health science professionals who wish to advance their knowledge in the medical and toxicological principles of toxicants, drugs of abuse, drug biotransformation, analysis of drugs, and treatment approaches to the poisoned or overdosed patient.

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Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Aug 2016
  • International $ 48,876 per year
  • 24 months

Graduates of the USC School of Pharmacy’s multidisciplinary master’s degree programs are highly sought after by leading institutions in academia, industry and government. The Master of Science in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology program emphasizes research in molecular and neuro-pharmacology, receptor pharmacology, and biochemical and oxidant toxicology.

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Environmental Water Management MTech/PgDip/PgCert Environmental Water Management MTech/PgDip/PgCert
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 9,000 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 17,500 per year
  • 12 months

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through appropriate assignments and examinations. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical field work to reinforce learning.

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Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology
  • Sep 2016
    Not specified
  • 12 months

Before any new therapy can be used, a thorough identification of its toxicity and safety is required. Therefore, drug toxicology and safety pharmacology are central to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and demand for 'pre-trained' employees is extremely high.

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General Toxicology and Environmental Health Risk Assessment (ToxEn/General Toxicology)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Toxicology and environmental science are applied sciences which are based on basic sciences like chemistryWe provide an international master's degree programme where students, after common basic studies in toxicology and environmental science can specialize either in general toxicology including toxicological risk assessment or environmental health risk assessment with special emphasis on exposure assessment., biology, physiology and physics

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Toxicology and Risk Assessment
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 7,000 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 16,500 per year
  • 12 months

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.

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Medical Microbiology and Virology
  • Jan 2016
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 9,000 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 20,180 per year
  • 48 months

This degree explores the diversity of microbial form and function and the roles of microbes in life processes. It will develop your understanding of infection and its causes, preparing you to contribute as a specialist graduate in an employment or research setting.

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