Toxicology - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This Toxicology BSc course is designed to give you all the skills needed to pursue a rewarding career in toxicology. You'll be able to work in a number of specialist areas, including regulatory, industrial, pharmaceutical, occupational, forensic, academic or clinical settings.

More about this course

This BSc course will give you an exciting opportunity to launch a career in the study of the harmful effects of chemicals, as well as the extent to which they pose a risk to human health. The course will equip you with a solid foundation in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry and human anatomy. During the course you will develop technical and transferable skills and competencies in a range of specialist areas, enabling you to interpret and analyse relevant data and evaluate your own work. You'll conduct practicals and projects in our £30m Science Centre, one of the largest and most advanced science teaching facilities in Europe.

Membership of the Life Sciences Society also affords you the opportunity to attend social and professional events. This welcoming society helps students to build employability skills suitable for careers within life sciences.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through written and practical exams, practical reports, presentations, class tests and a final research dissertation.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code F102
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCD in three A levels including C in Biology and C in Chemistry, or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits. You must also meet the science entry requirements described above. You should take Level 3 qualifications in Chemistry and Biology in addition to your Advanced Diploma.
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry via four-year Sciences Extended Degree BSc programme.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Modular structure

During the first year you will acquire a solid foundation in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, and data analysis. You’ll begin to gain a good understanding of cellular processes and you’ll be introduced to essential data handling and laboratory skills.

In the second year you’ll start to specialise and will explore subject areas that are central to toxicology, including pharmacology, metabolic processes and qualitative analytical chemistry.

Your third year will include advanced toxicology, systems pharmacology and advanced bioanalytical science, plus a laboratory-based research project on the topic of your choosing in a toxicology-related area.

After the course

You’ll graduate from this course with a sound knowledge base and a high standard of cognitive, practical and transferable skills. During your studies you will be eligible to become a student member of the British Toxicology Society and, on graduation, you'll also be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

There are roles for toxicologists at a wide range of employers including SC Johnson, Infineum, Procter & Gamble, Astra Zeneca, contract research organisations such as Sequani and Envigo, and also the National Centre for Environmental Toxicology. The course will also equip you to study for a higher degree in toxicology or a related area.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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