What Will You Study

Environmental and Biochemical Toxicology are disciplines that underpin a vast array of services. There is a recognised shortage of qualified scientists in such areas; a fact highlighted both by academic societies and industry.

This MSc provides you with an appreciation of the underlying principles of how chemicals adversely affect living organisms. This includes appreciating the diverse applications of toxicology, from identifying mechanisms through to hazard assessment, and understanding the effects on human health, in terms of biotransformation, mutation and neurological impairments.

We also emphasise practical experience gained through the use of cutting-edge techniques in research laboratories. You will also learn general scientific skills in hypotheses testing, problem solving, dealing with scientific literature, and experimental design and rigour.

After finishing this course you will be ready to enter consultancy or industry or to progress to PhD study.

Core modules:

  • Consequences of Toxic Effects
  • Dissertation Project
  • Toxicological Mechanisms and Measurements

Optional modules:

Four optional modules from the following (subject to change)

  • Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment
  • Biological Effects of Air Pollution and Climate Change
  • Cell Biology Research Skills
  • Chemical Risk Assessment
  • Clinical Trials
  • Contaminated Land and Remediation
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Data Assimilation and Integration
  • Disaster Management
  • Disease of the Brain
  • Drug Development (from concept to clinic)
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Environmental Radioactivity
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis for Trace Organics
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Fundamental Research Skills
  • Genomics - technologies and analyses of its data
  • Immunology
  • Microbes and Disease
  • Models of Disease and Ageing
  • Molecular Basis of Cancer
  • Molecular Biology Research Skills
  • Numerical Skills
  • Pollution Microbiology
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Safety and Environmental Impact Assessment: an Industrial Perspective