MSc in Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology

General

Program Description

This full-time Master's programme provides a comprehensive overview of drug safety practices within the drug development process.

It addresses key aspects of preclinical drug evaluation through the study of:

  • Drug discovery and development
  • Safety pharmacology
  • Mechanisms of drug-induced toxicities
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Bioanalytical Sciences

It will give you state-of-the-art training in preclinical toxicology, with an emphasis on the molecular in vitro and in vivo aspects of toxicology and safety pharmacology assessments.

As part of the programme, you will undertake an original research project that will be the basis of your dissertation.

Delivered at the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, an internationally renowned research institution, the programme gives you the skills you need for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or regulatory bodies, along with the foundations for PhD study.

Drug toxicology and safety pharmacology lie at the heart of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and the demand for highly skilled practitioners in this field is extremely high.

Rankings

We are ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject.

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Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above in a related scientific discipline e.g. Biosciences, Chemistry, Biomedical, Medical, Pharmaceutical, Pharmacological, or Toxicological Sciences.
  • Applications are also welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications, who have significant relevant experience; each case will be considered on its merits.

English language requirements

  • IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

The programme delivers a combination of theoretical learning and hands-on laboratory experience in a number of key aspects of biomedical, pharmacological and toxicological laboratory techniques.

Key elements of scientific analysis, such as critical appraisal and analysis and presentation of data, are also included.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.

Modules

Core

  • Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology (INC7005-B)
  • Preclinical Models for Drug Evaluation (INC7001-B)
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity (INC7009-B)
  • Cancer Therapeutics Research Project (INC7019-E)

Option

  • Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Oncology and Toxicology (INC7017-B)
  • Practical Skills in Pharmacology Research (INC7018-B)
  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery (INC7011-B)
  • Experimental Design (BIS7016-B)

Learning and assessment

You'll learn through lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars and laboratory investigation, plus self-directed learning.

The assessment consists of exams and coursework. An important component is a final dissertation derived from the research project.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home/EU: £8,570 per year
  • International: £19,890 per year

Scholarships

Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

The programme gives you the skills you need for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials, or regulatory bodies, along with the foundations for PhD study.

Drug toxicology and safety pharmacology lie at the heart of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and the demand for highly skilled practitioners in this field is extremely high.

The majority of our students find employment in the pharmaceutical industry (e.g. Covance, Envigo, Cyprotex) as well as the clinical setting ( e.g clinical trials at St James Hospital, Leeds). A number of overseas students have returned to their country of origin and have taken high profile positions in the regulatory environment. In addition, many of our students have continued their education and progressed to PhD study (e.g. Universities of Oxford, Leeds, Liverpool, and Bradford).

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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