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MSc in Occupational Toxicology

  • Drug Discovery - The aim of the module is to provide an overview of the drug discovery process from target to market. This module includes an overview of the pharmaceutical industry, an introduction to receptors and drug action, biological evaluation of new compounds, drugs from nature, medicinal natural products - a biosynthetic approach,; lead discovery and lead optimization, combinatorial chemistry and high throughput synthesis, drug chirality and its pharmacological consequences, prodrugs, absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination and clearance, the role of toxicology in drug development, drug design and physicochemical properties, drug development, clinical trials, future trends and case studies in drug design and drug discovery.

  • Chemotherapy & Selective Toxicity - Covers the mechanisms of action of antibiotics and antineiplastic agents, with reference to molecular targets and the action of therapeutic agents and the molecular biology of the cancer cell
  • Basic Toxicology - Covers fundamental concepts, such as the relationship between structure and changes in function. Also included are cellular mechanisms of toxicity and protection, biotransformation’s role in toxicity, major classes of toxic chemical agents, necrotic, immune and neoplastic toxicology.
  • Advanced Toxicology - The application of the basic concepts of toxicology to sub-areas such as regulatory, forensic, mechanistic, occupational and clinical toxicology. Case histories and examples will be employed.
  • Research Methods 1: Professional Development - This module will will equip you with a range of professional skills for academia and the biotechnology sector whilst familiarising you with professional issues such as research funding and ethical codes for guiding ‘best practice’ in research.

  • Research Methods 2: Communication Skills - This module includes the following - critical analysis of published work, reviewing papers; writing abstracts, writing research papers, preparing poster presentations and oral presentation skills. 
  • Research Project - The research project involves experiential learning with the completion of a comprehensive literature review appropriate to the project. This involves the preparation of a detailed project plan , including study design, ethical and logistic considerations. The research project that includes practical work may involve data production, processing and analysis. The preparation of a detailed final project report (mini-thesis) and the preparation of a poster is required to illustrate the main findings from the project to an audience of fellow students and staff.


Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research