MSc Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Brunel University: College of Health and Life Sciences

Program Description

MSc Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Brunel University: College of Health and Life Sciences

The Toxicology and Risk Assessment Masters course caters for the current global need for toxicologists and ecotoxicologists who are competent in conducting hazard and risk evaluation of chemical substances.

The course is designed to train students for a career as registered toxicologists. It is suitable for graduates interested in obtaining a qualification in human and environmental health as well as students already in full time employment working for industry, contract laboratories or government agencies, 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.

We also offer some of the MSc modules as standalone CPD courses.


The course has been specifically designed to equip students with the skills to critically evaluate and understand chemical hazards, as well as make informed decisions in terms of potential health risks for both humans and wildlife.

You will be provided with an advanced, multi-disciplinary and current understanding of the effects of chemicals on human and environmental health and the consequent impact on chemical risk assessment and regulation.

Course Content

The MSc in Toxicology and Risk Assessment comprises a total of eight taught modules, including six compulsory modules and two (out of three) optional modules.

Special Features


We provide flexible options to attend our course, in a way that best suits the individual student. In addition to an MSc in Toxicology and Risk Assessment, students can also register for a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

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 enrol 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.

'Hands-on' learning

Adult learning happens more productively if students are faced with realistic, challenging problems which direct the learning process. In this course, students will be presented with carefully selected, relevant ‘real-world’ scenarios and case-studies derived from the cutting-edge of practice and science, which will be used to illustrate basic and complex principles throughout the course.


It is expected that graduates from this programme will be qualified and in demand for positions within industry (pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetics etc), regulatory and government bodies (human and environmental health protection), contract laboratories, academia and further education (PhD) dealing with chemical safety, both in the area of human and ecotoxicology.

Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a relevant scientific discipline such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental sciences or other life-sciences-related disciplines.

Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


1-year full-time; 2-years part-time

Cost & Fees

UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time

International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

Scholarship scheme is available for this MSc course

  • The Queen’s Anniversary Prize Scholarships (6 x £3,000 fee waivers)

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Last updated February 1, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,300 GBP
United Kingdom - Uxbridge, England
Start date: Sept. 2017
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Sept. 2017
United Kingdom - Uxbridge, England
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UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time / International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time