University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Forensic Toxicology

This course will combine aspects of analytical chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology that are crucial to the role of the drugs chemist working within a toxicological environment, while the primary focus of this course will be drugs of abuse the underpinning science and methodologies are equally relevant to a toxicologist analytical chemist working in the pharmaceutical or other related industries, as a forensic toxicologist you may be called to provide evidence in a court of law, training in this important aspect is provided through an Expert Witness module which includes a moot court presentation, in addition to acquiring a sound theoretical understanding of the subject area there is a strong emphasis on developing practical skills throughout the course, this cumulates in a project whereby students have the opportunity to specialise in various areas of drugs toxicology, this course will appeal to graduates from a wide range of disciplines including forensic science; chemistry; biology; and other related disciplines.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent; or relevant qualifications plus relevant professional experience.

Course modules

Modules include: Research methods; sample preparation and screening; separation science and mass spectrometry; the expert witness in the legal process; forensic toxicology; research project.

Assessment methods

The modules are assessed by both coursework and examination. To ensure that students do not have an excessive amount of assessment at any 1 time, the coursework assessment will take place uniformly throughout the course, semester 1 of the course is designed to ensure that students have the basic skills needed to obtain an MSc, it is important that students enhance the skills they have that will be of benefit when they gain employment after the course, the main skills that students will enhance will be presentational skills; report writing; independent working; and problem solving.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 10,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

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