Bachelor of Science (Honours) Toxicology
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.
What opportunities might it lead to?
Graduates of this course 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. A taught MSc in AppliedToxicology is offered by AIT, as well as numerous research opportunities.
57% of the honours degree Class of 2014 were in employment and 29% were continuing their studies, six months after finishing their programme.
- Course Duration:
- 1 Year
- Course Award:
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Course NFQ Level:
- Level 8
- 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.
Careers & Opportunities
This course 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.
There is currently no work experience or work placement for this course.
A taught MSc in AppliedToxicology is offered by AIT, as well as numerous research opportunities.