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Postgrad teaching: MSc Toxicology
Programme outcomes (what students are expected to be able to do):
- To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the principles and concepts of toxicology.
- To demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the recent developments and applications in the field of toxicology.
- To demonstrate a high skill level in a wide range of laboratory skills for toxicological investigations.
- To communicate experimental findings in toxicology effectively, using a variety of verbal, written and visual means.
- To design, conduct, analyse and present their original laboratory-based research.
The programme is 90 ECTS in total; it runs from September-July and is divided into three trimesters (each of 30 ECTS) in the following manner:
Trimester One (30 ECTS - September-December)
Introduction to Toxicology: 5 ECTS
Applied Toxicology: 5 ECTS
Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology: 5 ECTS
Applied Concepts in Pharmacology: 5 ECTS
Experimental Methods in Pharmacology: 10 ECTS
Trimester Two (30 ECTS - January-March)
Experimental Toxicology: 15 ECTS
Current Topics in Toxicology: 10 ECTS
Advanced Toxicology: 5 ECTS
Trimester Three (30 ECTS - May-July)
Toxicology Research Project: 30 ECTS
A variety of different assessment strategies are used including written examinations, laboratory practicals and mini-project reports, assignments, data handling computer exercises, experimental reasoning, essays, posters, oral presentations and a research project thesis.
The majority of graduates of the programme have entered the workforce either in technical, regulatory or research roles within Government bodies, universities (PhD projects) or companies, mostly in Ireland.
- Interested candidates should apply via the postgraduate applications centre (PAC) site on the NUI Galway homepage - The MSc in Toxicology offers places on a rolling basis and applications are considered starting from November of each academic year.
- On average the course takes 10 students.
- Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible for the following academic year.
- Successful applicants will normally hold at least a Second Class Honours Level 8 degree (2.2 minimum) from a diversity of undergraduate disciplines, ranging from Chemistry through Life Science subjects (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, Zoology).
- Students are also considered who have a Level 7 degree and three years relevant work experience.
- An IELTS score of 6.0+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component) is required for students where English is not their native language.
Course Director: Dr. Howard Fearnhead.
Phone: +353 91 495240