BSc(Hons) in Toxicology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) BSc(Hons) in Toxicology

Course Overview

  • 1

    Year

  • 8

    Level

  • Addon

    Course

Why take this course?

While toxicology might be regarded as the science of poisons, it can be more fully described as the study of the negative effects of chemicals on living organisms. According to the American Society of Toxicology, approximately 100,000 chemicals are currently in use worldwide, with 500 new chemicals entering the marketplace annually. Toxicologists work to develop safer chemical products, drugs and medicines. They determine risks for chemical exposure and develop treatments for such exposures. They play a major role in the food and drinks industry and are often involved in the growing area of forensics.

What will I experience?

This one-year, add-on honours degree programme provides an integrated, coordinated and comprehensive education in toxicology as a broad discipline. It will equip you to work in a wide range of sectors such as pharmachemical and healthcare companies, contract research and testing, chemical companies, government agencies, health services, to mention just a few.

AIT has offered undergraduate and postgraduate training in toxicology since the mid-1980s and is nationally and internationally regarded as a centre of excellence in academic and practical toxicology training. Graduates from level 7, level 8 and level 9 toxicology programmes have gone on to obtain research degrees in universities and research institutes in Ireland and abroad.

How to apply to this programme at AIT:

ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Online applications for this programme for the academic year 2020-2021 are accepted from February 1 - June 1, 2020

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates of this programme should find employment in management, regulatory, technical and research positions in industry, as well as state-supported posts in government laboratories and third-level institutions.

AIT’s qualifications in toxicology have acquired an excellent reputation nationally and internationally and cooperative projects have been established with many universities that facilitate the process of entrance to postgraduate courses.

Additional Information

For additional information about this add-on Level 8 undergraduate programme, please contact:

Head of Department:

Dr. Nuala Commins, Head of Department of Life and Physical Sciences, Tel. +353 (0)906468081; e-mail: ncommins@ait.ie

Programme Coordinator:

Dr. Cepta Brougham, Tel. +353 (0)906471880; e-mail: cbrougham@ait.ie

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Registration Closing Date:

Online applications for this programme for the academic year 2020-2021 are accepted from February 1 - June 1, 2020

Course Commencement Date:

​September 2020

Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science (Level 7) in a cognate discipline or an equivalent qualification are eligible to apply to join this programme.

Course Structure

Year 4

​Semester 7:

Pharmacology 1

Cell and Molecular Toxicology

Toxicity Testing Methods

Biochemical Toxicology

Immunology

Project Theory & Practice

Semester 8:

Pharmacology 2

Cell and Molecular Toxicology

Toxicity Testing Methods

Biochemical Toxicology

Immunology

Project Theory & Practice

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

This programme will equip you to work in a wide range of sectors such as pharmachemical and healthcare companies, contract research and testing, chemical companies, government agencies, health services, to mention just a few.

Work Placement

There is currently no work experience or work placement associated with this programme.

Further Study

AIT has delegated authority to award PhD degrees at Level 10 in the domain of Toxicology.

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