University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham


Students learn about the nature and mechanism of adverse effects of chemicals such as those found in industry, in the household, in agriculture, in medicine and those that occur naturally in the environment; particular emphasis is given to molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity and to risk assessment.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, physiology or a related discipline; alternatively, applicants may be qualified in medicine or veterinary science; graduates without Honours but with at least 2 years' approved postgraduate experience may also be considered; English language requirements may apply for international students.

Course modules

The programme comprises 4 taught modules: Metabolism and excretion of xenobiotics; pharmacological, forensic and clinical aspects of toxicology; molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity and carcinogenesis; toxicology in practice-safety assessment in industry and the environment; plus a skills module, a synoptic module and a research project.

Assessment methods

A combination of examinations, course work and a written dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); European Social Fund (ESF); Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,370 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 18,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,655 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005