Masters degrees in Toxicology equip postgraduates with the skills to identify the source, nature and characteristics of toxic substances, poisons and chemical agents, exploring their effects on the tissues and systems in the human body. These include man-made and organic substances.
Related subjects include Medical Toxicology and Forensic Toxicology. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering.
If you study a Masters in Toxicology, you’ll learn about the nature and mechanism of adverse effects of chemicals found in industry, the household, agriculture and medicine, as well as those that occur naturally in the environment.
Courses cover the molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity, as well as risk assessment across various practices. Training may include a range of laboratory-based investigations, as well as bioinformatics and computational biology to predict the metabolism and toxicity of different substances.
You could explore toxic substances ranging from agricultural chemicals like pesticides, to domestic substances such as detergents. You may also examine Toxicology in a clinical context, including the misuse of pharmaceuticals and other drugs.
Typical roles include regulatory and risk assessment roles across agriculture, industry, retail and clinical practice. You might also embark on a career in policy-making on behalf of governing bodies.