Regulatory Affairs & Toxicology

MSc Regulatory Affairs and Toxicology

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Toxicology is the study of how man-made and naturally occurring substances can have adverse effects on humans, animals, plants, and the environment, and how these effects can be minimised or avoided. Regulatory Affairs is a closely related field that focuses on applying toxicology for the protection of public health in the areas of human medicines, medical devices, biotechnologies, foods, agrichemicals and cosmetics. These courses explore the important role of toxicology in modern society with particular focus on the pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries.

The UCD MSc Regulatory Affairs & Toxicology provides the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to understand the latest toxicological techniques and the current regulatory landscape.

- This course has been specifically developed to prepare graduates for careers in highly regulated industries including pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, foods, personal care products and chemicals

- The course is run by European Registered Toxicologists (ERT), with expert guest lecturers from industry, and national and international regulatory bodies

- The course is approved for accreditation towards becoming a registered toxicologist and for CPD credits towards maintaining registered toxicologist accreditation.

Internships are available with industry partners, regulatory authorities and toxicology consultancy companies

Internship Opportunities*

All students are offered the opportunity to apply for an internship during the programme. The following internships are examples of previous placements: Novartis, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Forensic Science Ireland, Pfizer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Deenamic Ltd, Aspen Pharmacare, Life Scientific, Boston Scientific, BD and more.

*Placements are secured through a competitive process and are not guaranteed.

Subjects taught

These modules are delivered by staff of international renown in toxicology and regulatory science. The courses have been developed in close collaboration with the Irish Register of Toxicologists (IRT) and are preapproved for accreditation towards becoming a registered toxicologist. The core programme team is European Registered Toxicologists (ERT). Across our modules guest lecturers, who are practicing regulatory toxicologists and regulatory affairs specialists, contribute state-of- the-art seminars from a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, food safety, cosmetics and environmental protection. All students are offered the opportunity to undertake an internship during the programme. Study days and e-learning are utilised to maximise flexibility in how students manage their study time.

Stage 1 - Core

Essential Pharmacology for the ToxicologistPHAR40170

Experimental Tox and Risk AssPHAR40180

Env, Food, Occup ToxicologyPHAR40270

Prof. Skills for ToxicologistsPHAR40280

Toxicology Research ProjectPHAR40300

Medical and Forensic ToxicologPHAR40310

Adv. Healthcare Reg. AffairsPHAR40320

Intro to Regulatory AffairsPHAR40330

Business Fundamentals Reg AffaPHAR40340

Entry requirements

- The UCD MSc in Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs is designed to accommodate applicants who have successfully completed a four year primary degree programme (minimum of a 2.1 honours or equivalent) in a biological or chemical science. This includes a BSc in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry or an equivalent qualification.

- An English Language qualification, which includes a minimum score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted such as the Cambridge Certificate, TOEFL or Pearson’s Test of English.

Application dates

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Regulatory Affairs and Toxicology FT (F167)


1 Years


Full Time



MSc Regulatory Affairs and Toxicology PT (F168)


2 Years


Part Time



* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time, 2 year part-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


MSc Regulatory Affairs and Toxicology (F167) Full Time

EU fee per year - € 7775

nonEU fee per year - € 25600

MSc Regulatory Affairs and Toxicology (F168) Part Time

EU fee per year - € 3880

nonEU fee per year - € 12800

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability

This focused MSc programme has been developed in consultation with global industry partners and regulatory authorities, and will comprehensively prepare graduates for diverse careers in pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, cosmetics, personal care products and chemical sectors. All aspects of product lifecycle management are explored including discovery and invention, quality and CMC, non-clinical testing, management of clinical development, and postmarketing activities. Our graduates are trained in lifecycle and dossier management, regulatory submissions, auditing, pharmacovigilance and safety reporting. They also receive comprehensive instruction in toxicological science, risk assessment and risk management. Graduates will gain the required level of professional ability to operate as independent regulatory toxicologists by developing a sophisticated level of data interpretation, strong communication skills, excellence in problem-solving, and ability to critically evaluate and form judgements on complex toxicological problems.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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