Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
Before any new therapy can be used, a thorough identification of its toxicity and safety is required. Therefore, drug toxicology and safety pharmacology are central to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and demand for 'pre-trained' employees is extremely high.
Hosted by the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, the course addresses key aspects of preclinical drug evaluation through the study of drug discovery and development; safety pharmacology; mechanisms of drug-induced toxicities; regulatory affairs and bioanalytical sciences.
It will provide you with state-of-the-art training in the area of preclinical toxicology with an emphasis on the molecular and in vivo aspects of toxicological assessment.
It is designed for individuals with a first degree in a scientific disciple who want to specialise in new medicines development or undertake employment in the pharmaceutical industry.
Find out more about the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences.
"The course contains the perfect balance between theoretical learning in lectures and hands-on experience by putting our theoretical learning into practice. It has helped spark a greater in-depth interest and knowledge into science and science-related research."
- Includes seminars by scientists from regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical companies
- This course is designed to meet the demand of employers and provide you with a comprehensive overview of the drug safety discipline within the drug development process
- 2:2 or above in a related scientific discipline e.g. Biosciences, Chemistry, Biomedical, Medical, Pharmaceutical, Pharmacological, or Toxicological Sciences
- Applications are also welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications, who have significant relevant experience; each case will be considered on its merits
English language requirements:
IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
Modules (all core)
- Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Safety Pharmacology
- Preclinical Models for Drug Evaluation
- Research and Analytical Methods in Pharmacology
- Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology
- Experimental Design
- Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity
- Research Project (Safety Pharmacology)
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
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Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU - £7,750
International - £17,600
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
How do I find out more?
Contact the Faculty
Hear what our students have to say about the course:
Manisha Prabhakar says: "The course contains the perfect balance between theoretical learning in lectures and hands-on experience by putting our theoretical learning into practice, in the form of lab practicals throughout Semester 2." Read more from Manisha here.
Steps to Postgraduate Study
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How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2016/17 courses (September 2016 – July 2017 start dates)
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This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email email@example.com to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology
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