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Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Course Description

This new and innovative Masters programme caters for the current global need for toxicologists and ecotoxicologists who are competent in conducting hazard and risk evaluation of chemical substances.

The programme aims at providing students with an advanced and up-to-date understanding of the effects of chemicals on human and environmental health and the resulting impact on chemical risk assessment and regulation. The programme covers both human and ecotoxicological risk assessment and includes modules on topical areas, such as mixtures toxicology, endocrine disruption and computational toxicology. Some modules have been designed specifically to be offered as short-term training programmes for professionals

The course is suitable for graduates interested in obtaining a qualification in human and environmental health, as well as students already in full time employment who require either formal qualifications or intend to revalidate their qualifications in toxicology. This will contribute to their continuing professional development (CPD) and towards the requirements for the UK Register of Toxicologists.

Course contents
The MSc in Toxicology and Risk Assessment comprises a total of 8 taught modules, including 6 compulsory modules and 2 (out of 3) optional modules.

Compulsory modules:
• Priority Pollutants and Human Health Effects (Autumn term, 12 weeks)
• Essentials in Ecotoxicology (Autumn term, 12 weeks).
• Designing, Analysing and Interpreting Toxicological Studies (Autumn term, 5 consecutive days)
• Current Practice in Chemical Risk Assessment (Spring term, 5 consecutive days)
• Chemical Regulation and Legislation in the EU (Autumn term, 5 consecutive days)
• Carcinogens and Mutagens (Autumn term, 12 weeks).

Optional Modules: (students will have to complete 2 out of 3 optional modules):
• Mixtures Toxicology and Cumulative Risk Assessment (Spring term, 5 consecutive days)
• Reproductive Toxicology and Endocrine Disruption (Spring term, 12 weeks)
• Computational Toxicology: Modelling and Predicting Toxicity (Spring term, 5 consecutive days)

Depending on student’s interests and their progress through the course, they will have the opportunity to carry out their dissertation with collaborators from Industry and regulatory bodies.

Throughout the course, students will be required to develop a personal development plan, agreed upon with tutors, which will structure and enhance their professional and personal development.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
A number of our specialised modules are run as intensive short-courses, which can be taken individually by participants without having to enroll for the full course. The aim is to support professionals already in employment in advancing their knowledge in specific areas, as well as developing their careers.

Visit the Toxicology and Risk Assessment page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Queen's Anniversary Prize Scholarships - 6 Awards

This is a fee waiver scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students require a minimum 2:1 and to have applied by mid-July.

Application Procedure

Scholarships will be awarded to best 6 applicants each year. There is no specific application process.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold at least a second class degree from a British University (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry or other life-sciences-related disciplines. Strong Lower or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-Level (or equivalent) and / or relevant work experience. Applicants with prior experiential learning will be considered for admission.Non-native speakers of English will be required to have IELTS 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) or above (or equivalent)

Course Fees

6250 (FT) or 3125 (PT) for Home/EU students; 16000 (FT) for non-EU students

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