Masters degrees in Animal Toxicology examine the effect that harmful chemicals have on animals, along with the characteristics of (and possible antidotes to) these toxins. Environmental health is usually an important part of these programmes, studying the effect that contaminants have on the air, water and soil.
Similar postgraduate specialisms include Animal Pathology, Animal Pharmacology and Animal Nutrition.
The topics that you’ll study on a Masters in Animal Toxicology have significance beyond the wellbeing of the animal kingdom. As well as covering the ways in which animals are adversely affected by toxic chemicals, you’ll probably learn about the dangers that these poisons can pose for human further up the food chain.
Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to animal toxicology, you might study the relationship between the agriculture industry and certain environmental health hazards, working on chemical products that are safe for humans and animals alike.
Postgraduate employment prospects could involve work in veterinary research and practice, an environmental regulatory agency or the agriculture industry, to give a few examples.
In the course of our day-to-day life, we come into contact with a vast number of chemical, biological, and physical agents that could do us harm. These agents are present in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the food we eat. We encounter them when we travel and when we work or when we use consumer goods such as cosmetics or electrical equipment.
Determining the source of these risks, and quantifying their effects, requires cooperation by experts across a host of different disciplines. Our Master’s programme in Toxicology and Environmental Health has been designed with this in mind, training you in the fundamentals of toxicology, environmental epidemiology, emerging toxicological agents such as nanoparticles and zoonotic components, and exposure assessment. This programme will enable you to assess the risks present in the workplace or the food chain.
The multidisciplinary nature of this programme means that you will have the flexibility to specialise in a particular field or undertake more generalist training in risk assessment. You may also take part in experimental research in the fields of neurotoxicology, immunotoxicology, allergies, in vitro toxicology, endocrine toxicology, environmental toxicology, and chemistry. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake practical work in environmental or occupational exposure assessment engaging in activities such as exposure modelling or in-depth analysis of samples taken from a variety of sources.
As a graduate of this programme, you will be qualified to assess the impact of toxicological agents on populations or work environments by applying the principles of environmental and occupational epidemiology.
This MSc programme will give you the knowledge and skills needed to assess chemical, biological, and physical hazards, as well as the risks associated with exposure to toxicological agents.
After completing the MSc programme in Toxicology and Environmental Health, you will: