Cheminformatics & Toxicology

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Semester 1
Students learn the fundamentals of pharmacology and toxicology and are introduced to computational drug design, programming for biology and statistical computing in R.

Semester 2
Students consider more advanced concepts in toxicology and investigate controversial areas of toxicology. The students also learn to apply bioinformatic and cheminformatic tools to large data sets.

Semester 3
Students work independently with the guidance of an academic or industry-based thesis supervisor on a cheminformatics research project.

The course involves lectures, laboratory-based training, self-directed learning and a three-month independent research project. Competence is assessed through a mixture of written examinations, computer-based examinations, course work and a research thesis.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Primary degree: A 2.2 degree or higher (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Biochemistry or a related discipline.

Language skills: An IELTS score of 6.5 or greater in all categories is required.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1 year, full-time.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates from the course will be employed in the pharmaceutical industry, the cosmetics industry, national and EU regulatory bodies, toxicology consultancies, and academia.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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