University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Applied Toxicology

This programme is designed to provide in-post scientists with advanced training and a higher qualification in toxicology. Participants typically include employees in government departments, contract laboratories and the pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer product industries.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally possess a minimum of a science degree in a relevant subject, together with workplace experience in toxicology or a closely related field. Registration requires 2 scientific referees willing to support the application. Application to register for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc is made following the 3rd module attended. Retrospective application is permitted, provided not more than 4 modules have been completed. There are no formal entrance requirements for participants not wishing to register for the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma, although a scientific background to at least degree level is recommended. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 7.0, IELTS minimum by component: 6.5.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Principles of experimental toxicology and risk assessment; target organ toxicology: systems 1: Liver, kidney, gastrointestinal tract and skin; systems 2: CNS, PNS, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems; systems 3: Cardiorespiratory and haematopoietic systems. (Choose 4) Optional modules include: PPharmacokinetics and metabolism; carcinogenesis and mutagenicity; reproductive toxicology; principles of toxicological pathology; alternative methodologies to the use of animals in toxicology; bioinformatics and omics; biologics; biomarkers; dermal toxicology; design of in vivo studies; ecotoxicology; endocrine disruptors; endocrine pathology; experimental inhalation toxicology; food chemical safety evaluation; haematology and clinical biochemistry; immunotoxicology; nanotoxicology; occupational toxicology (including REACH implementation and legislation); paediatric toxicology; plant protection products and plant biotechnology; safety assessment of pharmaceutical agents; techniques in safety assessment.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written examination and a 2000-word written assignment.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 1,600 per Module (home fees) 60 months
MSc Part-time £ 1,600 per Module (overseas fees) 60 months
MSc Part-time £ 1,600 per Module (EU fees) 60 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

Key information

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