MSc Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Brunel University London, Institute for the Environment

Program Description

MSc Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Brunel University London, Institute for the Environment

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 Institute for the Environment has recently been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest accolade that can be conferred to Higher Education institutions.

The programme aims at providing students with an advancedand current understanding of the effects of chemicals on human and environmental health and the consequent impact on chemical risk assessment and regulation. The programme fully integrates human and ecotoxicological risk assessment and covers 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
  • Essentials in Ecotoxicology
  • Designing, Analysing and Interpreting Toxicological Studies (5 consecutive days - block module)
  • Current Practice in Chemical Risk Assessment (5 consecutive days - block module)
  • Chemical Regulation and Legislation in the EU (5 consecutive days - block module)
  • Carcinogens and Mutagens

Optional Modules: (students will have to complete 2 of 3 optional modules):

  • Mixtures Toxicology and Cumulative Risk Assessment (5 consecutive days - block module)
  • Reproductive Toxicology and Endocrine Disruption
  • Computational Toxicology: Modelling and Predicting Toxicity (5 consecutive days - block module)

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. This element of the course is particularly suited for professionals already in employment who are interested in advancing their knowledge in specific areas, as well as developing their careers.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold at least a second class degree from a British University (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline such as biology, biochemistry, chemicstry, environmental sciences or other life-sciences-related disciplines for admission to the Masters degree programme. 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. On satisfactory performance in the taught part of the programme the Board of Examiners may recommend the candidate to proceed to dissertation for the award of a Masters degree.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS:6.5 (min5.5 in all areas)

  • TOEFL Paper test:580 (TWE 4.5)

  • TOEFL Internet test:92 (R18, L17, S20, W17)

  • Pearson: 59 (51 in all subscores)

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
6,250 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 23, 2016
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 6,250 GBP
£16,000 for overseas students