Toxicology and Analytical Sciences

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Toxicology and Analytical Sciences

Course Overview

  • 8


  • AL844

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

AIT is nationally and internationally regarded as a centre of excellence in academic and practical toxicology training. Toxicology is the study of the effects of chemicals, drugs, pathogens and other substances that have an adverse effect on all biological systems, including the human body and the environment. This is a career focused, laboratory-based, multidisciplinary course providing relevant transferrable skills for employment in a wide range of sectors.

What will I experience?

Students will learn to understand the molecular, biochemical and cellular processes for disease caused by exposure to toxicants.

Students will be trained to use the most modern molecular, genetic, analytical and biomedical techniques to identify environmental and therapeutic exposures of public concern.

Students will explore the nature of the interaction of toxicants with the human body using cell and tissue culture techniques.

Students will design, plan, perform toxicity testing experiments and analyse and interpret data.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our graduates hold leadership positions in academia, research facilities, government agencies and pharmaceutical and chemical corporations.

The BSc in Toxicology qualification is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland and graduates may register to teach Biology at Secondary Level.

Graduates can become registered toxicologists on the “Irish Register of Toxicologists”.

Additional Information

AIT has long been the home of undergraduate toxicology education in Ireland. In addition to offering various undergraduate courses in the area, the Institute is also very active in toxicology research through the Faculty of Science and Health, and the Bioscience Research Institute located on campus.

Course Details

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

A minimum grade H5 in two higher level subjects, plus a minimum of grade 06 in four ordinary level subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).


(FETAC) QQI applicants to this programme must have the following qualification: CASLT (5M3807). Applicants are also required to have the module Mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

Course Structure

Year 1

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics for Scientists, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Enquiry based Learning, Scientific computing and Information Technology for Scientists.

Year 2

Gene Technology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Techniques, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Physical Sciences

Year 3

Biochemical and Forensic Toxicology, Toxicological Pathology, Ecotoxicology, Analytical and Forensic Toxicology, Genetic Toxicology, Quality Control and Experimental Design, Occupational Regulatory Affairs

Year 4

Pharmacology, Cell and Molecular Toxicology, Toxicity Testing Methods, Biochemical Toxicology, Immunology, Project Theory and Practice

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Our graduates work in a wide range of sectors such as:

Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical

Healthcare & Cosmetic companies

Contract research and testing

Environmental monitoring

Biocompatibility testing in the medical device sector

Government agencies, Food Safety Authority

Work Placement

There is currently no work experience or work placement for this course

Further Study

This course offers a strong foundation for further study at Masters and PhD level. A taught MSC in Applied Toxicology as well as numerous research opportunities are offered by AIT.

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