ProfCert Toxicology
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 15)
Professional Certificate Toxicology provide an introduction to the principles of modern toxicology in relation to environmental, occupational, and public health in the context of the chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Lectures are delivered by staff of international renown in their field, many of whom are practising toxicologists. Study days and e-learning are utilised to maximise flexibility in how students manage their study time.

• Highly trained faculty in the area of Toxicology deliver the course content
• Guest speakers deliver ‘state of the art’ contributions
• Content has been approved by the Register of Toxicologists in Ireland.

Course Description
These courses provide an introduction to the principles of modern toxicology in relation to environmental, occupational, and public health in the context of the chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries. These courses are aimed at individuals with a scientific qualification who wish to develop their skills and knowledge of toxicology and gain a recognised third-level qualification in the area. Current practising toxicologists will also benefit from undertaking individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), as all of the modules will contribute towards maintenance of professional toxicological accreditation. The course content has been approved by the Irish Register of Toxicologists (IRT) and is recognised as accreditation for CPD in this area. These courses have been developed in close collaboration with the Irish Register of Toxicologists (IRT) and are also approved for accreditation towards becoming a registered toxicologist and for CPD credits towards maintaining IRT/ERT accreditation. The courses are run by European Registered Toxicologists (ERT), including guest lecturers delivering ‘state-of-the-art’ contributions as practising experts in a range of toxicological roles, from basic research to national and European regulatory bodies.

Subjects taught

This part-time course runs sequentially over two semesters, with successful completion of the coursework and examinations leading to the award of a Professional Certificate in Toxicology. Assessment is by multiple choice questions (MCQs), projects, presentations and practical examinations. There will also be continual assessment throughout the course.

The modules include lectures, laboratory components, computer-lab teaching sessions, presentations, group discussions, and home study of written and electronic media. This programme comprises of two modules which are directed at areas of toxicology of particular relevance to practicing toxicologists.

Stage 1 - Option
Essential Pharmacology for the Toxicologist PHAR40170
Experimental Tox and Risk Ass PHAR40180

Entry requirements

This programme is a graduate programme and applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or relevant experience in the area of toxicology/pharmacology.

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

Professional Certificate Toxicology PT (F052)
1 Years
Part Time

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




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


ProfCert Toxicology (F052) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 1575
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
Professional Toxicologists can be found in many organisations, ranging from regulatory bodies to toxicological research laboratories.

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