Graduate Taught (level 9 NFQ, credits 90)
The UCD MSc in Regulatory Affairs and 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
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 MSc in Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs is aimed at individuals with a scientific qualification who wish to develop their skills and knowledge of toxicology and global regulatory affairs, whilst gaining a recognised third-level qualification in the area. The programme was developed in consultation with international regulatory bodies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and medical device sectors, and has been designed to provide graduates with industrially relevant expertise in toxicology and regulatory affairs. 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. Successful completion of the MSc and experience working in this area will also allow graduates to apply for registration with the Irish Register of Toxicologists (RTI) which is the national accrediting body for registered toxicologists in Ireland. Accreditation at national level also awards the status of European Registered Toxicologist (ERT), which is required for professional toxicological practice. 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 and regulatory affairs, 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 part-time 24 month MSc (F110) or a full-time 12 month programme (F130). There is also the option to obtain a Professional Certificate, Professional Diploma or Graduate Diploma if students complete sufficient taught modules.