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Analytical Toxicology MSc

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The Analytical Toxicology MSc is a unique study course that integrates theoretical and practical aspects of analytical science with clinical and forensic toxicology. This programme will provide you with a detailed knowledge and comprehensive understanding of advanced analytical toxicology and its applications.

Key benefits

  • Theory-based study programme developed with the collaboration of both national and international experts in the field of clinical and forensic toxicology.
  • Designed for scientists wishing to enter the field of clinical or forensic toxicology, or for clinical and forensic practitioners who want to enhance their existing knowledge and professional experience.
  • The programme is run by the King's Forensics team (also responsible for the MSc Forensic Science). This is a dynamic group of academics, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. It has two ISO 17025 accredited laboratories (drugs and DNA) and is at the forefront of research in analytical techniques in both forensic science and toxicology/drug analysis.
  • A high proportion of students graduating from this programme have been employed in the field within six months of graduating. Students choosing to continue their studies have successfully applied for PhD positions.

I felt it was the most comprehensive course in the UK combining both the analytical chemistry aspects and the toxicology.

Eleanor, Student, Analytical Toxicology MSc

The Analytical Toxicology MSc has been designed for scientists wishing to enter the field of clinical or forensic toxicology, or for clinical and forensic specialists wanting to develop their existing knowledge and professional experience. This one-year course explores the close connections between clinical and forensic toxicology through a range of modules that includes advanced analytical toxicology, core analytical sciences, biochemical, clinical and forensic toxicology. You will also complete a research project and dissertation related to analytical toxicology. You will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 60 credits coming from the research project and dissertation.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

The course will be delivered by lecture with lecture recordings available to allow for flexibility of learning styles. There will also be laboratory practicals, workshops, group discussions and problem- based learning exercises.

The approximate total contact hours for the taught modules are 390 hours. You are also expected to undertake approximately 810 hours of team and individual study.

Taught modules total 120 credits. The research module is worth 60 credits. Project selection is through student application and interview.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Presentations

Your performance in the taught modules will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written essays or laboratory reports, oral and poster presentations. Coursework contributes approximately 40% and examinations approximately 60% to your final module mark.

Assessment for the research project module will be based on a critical review, a journal article, a poster presentation and a supervisor’s assessment of performance.

Structure

Required modules

Biochemical Toxicology (30 credits)
Analytical Chemistry for Forensic Science and Toxicology (15 credits)
Analytical Techniques & Numerical Methods for Analytical Toxicologists (15 credits)
Advanced Analytical Toxicology (30 credits)
Clinical & Forensic Toxicology (30 credits)
Analytical Toxicology Research Project (60 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Graduate career paths include analytical and supervisory roles within government and private institutions or research pathways such as PhD.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

Part time: N/A

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme. 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • Accommodation costs, if your project placement means you need to find additional accommodation
  • Graduation costs

Funding

The Analytical Toxicology MSc has been designed for scientists wishing to enter the field of clinical or forensic toxicology, or for clinical and forensic specialists wanting to develop their existing knowledge and professional experience. This one-year course explores the close connections between clinical and forensic toxicology through a range of modules that includes advanced analytical toxicology, core analytical sciences, biochemical, clinical and forensic toxicology. You will also complete a research project and dissertation related to analytical toxicology. You will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 60 credits coming from the research project and dissertation.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

The course will be delivered by lecture with lecture recordings available to allow for flexibility of learning styles. There will also be laboratory practicals, workshops, group discussions and problem- based learning exercises.

The approximate total contact hours for the taught modules are 390 hours. You are also expected to undertake approximately 810 hours of team and individual study.

Taught modules total 120 credits. The research module is worth 60 credits. Project selection is through student application and interview.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Presentations

Your performance in the taught modules will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written essays or laboratory reports, oral and poster presentations. Coursework contributes approximately 40% and examinations approximately 60% to your final module mark.

Assessment for the research project module will be based on a critical review, a journal article, a poster presentation and a supervisor’s assessment of performance.

Structure

Required modules

Biochemical Toxicology (30 credits)
Analytical Chemistry for Forensic Science and Toxicology (15 credits)
Analytical Techniques & Numerical Methods for Analytical Toxicologists (15 credits)
Advanced Analytical Toxicology (30 credits)
Clinical & Forensic Toxicology (30 credits)
Analytical Toxicology Research Project (60 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Graduate career paths include analytical and supervisory roles within government and private institutions or research pathways such as PhD.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

Part time: N/A

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme. 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • Accommodation costs, if your project placement means you need to find additional accommodation
  • Graduation costs

Funding

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