Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
This course provides an overview of toxicology and current toxicological assessment, and a detailed review of current issues in toxicology.
• Provides an introduction to the principles of modern toxicology
• Highly trained faculty in the area of Toxicology deliver the course content
• Guest speakers deliver 'state of the art' contributions.
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.
Vision and Values Statement
Toxicology and careers in toxicology are undergoing rapid and dramatic changes as new technologies, new regulations and new discoveries occur at an accelerated rate. The Professional Diploma in Toxicology is 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. It was developed following consultation with regulatory bodies and is designed to provide graduates with industrially relevant expertise in toxicology. We aim to produce highly motivated, independent thinkers with well-developed problem-solving ability who are capable of working effectively in a professional environment either alone or in teams. Current practising toxicologists will also benefit from undertaking individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), as all of the modules have been developed to contribute towards maintenance of professional toxicological accreditation.The programme includes presentations and lectures from experts in toxicology, including external practitioners, giving students the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field. Multiple teaching approaches from our dedicated, expert academic staff facilitate student development throughout this programme. A variety of assessment strategies are also employed, including classical written examinations, presentations and case studies. The programme is offered as a full-time 12 month or a part-time 24 month programme. There is also the option to exit with a Professional Certificate if students complete sufficient taught modules.
• Demonstrate an increased knowledge of the current state-of-the-art in toxicology following on from the professional certificate
• Understand further the theory and practice of toxicological testing in industrial settings
• Demonstrate increased skills in toxicological experimental design, problem solving and interpretation of new data
• Understand new approaches being applied to further advance knowledge in toxicology again building on the content from the professional certificate
• Be adept at communicating toxicological topics clearly (orally and in writing) with key stakeholders such as peers in academia, industry and the wider public, further to the experience gained in the professional certificate programme
• Have the ability to outline barriers that exist in toxicological assessments using the increased knowledge obtained in the extra modules completed, in particular the professional skills module
• Evaluate their independent learning needs and study independently using library resources, computer-assisted learning (CAL), and web-based study activities.