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MSc Forensic Toxicology by Research

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Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2018.

Toxicology, the study of drugs and poisons, is an expanding area of study that offers graduates a wide range of career options. On this course you'll study the signs and symptoms associated with the use of common drugs and poisons, basic pharmacology, mechanisms of drug/poison action, drug metabolism and drug elimination from the body.

This course will provide you with a detailed knowledge concerning the selection and collection of case materials, as well as the analytical techniques used in forensic toxicology laboratories for the isolation and identification of drugs and poisons.

In addition to the more traditional areas of forensic toxicology, the course will introduce you to aspects of environmental forensic science where toxicology may be involved.

The course is delivered by experienced forensic toxicologists and forensic practitioners with an emphasis on professional capabilities. Wherever possible the study will be case-led. Our objective is to provide excellent, theoretically informed, science-based learning as well as research skills.

“Thank you for everything you have done this year (as well as inspiring me to take toxicology when I was an undergraduate here). You have exceeded my expectations and helped me to improve not just my toxicological skills but my confidence in myself. I am so glad that I took the MSc and I look forward to seeing you in the future.”
Gina Ross, a previous student, referring to her course leader

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time


The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Required subjects:

Forensic science, chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, biochemistry or biomedical sciences

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 or equivalent in a required subject.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information see our full entry requirements.

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Your application

Students on this degree course will typically have a wide range of interests and have strong science backgrounds. The coruse will suit applicants who are keen to develop their intellectual skills by gaining a sound scientific understanding of forensic and analytical toxicology.

We particularly encourage applications from people who have an enthusiasm for developing practical laboratory and research skills such as knowledge of extraction techniques, HPLC, GC/MS etc. that are considered to be key attributes by many employers. 

Entry requirements


Upon completion of this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to continue into an academic career or secure employment in a career in forensics. The emphasis on core practical skills will give you extra marketability in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a successful and rewarding career.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Meet our staff

What our students say

Vicky Noad

The course has provided me with hands on experience as if working in a lab so when I begin job interviews, I can say I have had taught, hands on experience.

Hear from our staff

Professor David Osselton

I really like working with our students. They’ve got open minds and will tackle complex problems without having preconceived ideas that something can’t be done because it’s too difficult.

Hear from our alumni

Steven Davis

The best bits about the course were the lab experience, the access we were given to the labs and equipment and collaboration with industry professionals.