M.Sc. (Toxicology) Master of Science in Toxicology
M.Sc. Toxicology or Master of Science in Toxicology is a postgraduate Bioscience course. Toxicology is the study of toxic effects of chemical substances on living organisms and their environment. Chemical and Drug Safety Sciences assess and quantify the potential risk of chemicals and pharmaceuticals to which humans and the environment are exposed, thus providing the necessary basis for protection measures. Toxicology is a branch of biology, chemistry, and medicine concerned with the study of the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms. It is the study of symptoms, mechanisms, treatments and detection of poisoning, especially the poisoning of people. There are various specialized sub-disciplines within the field of toxicology that concern diverse chemical and biological aspects of this area. For example, toxic genomics involves applying molecular profiling approaches to the study of toxicology. Other areas include Aquatic toxicology, Chemical (pharmaceutical) toxicology, Eco-toxicology, Environmental toxicology, Forensic toxicology, and Medical toxicology. The duration of the course is two years and its syllabus is divided into four semesters.
M.Sc. Toxicology Eligibility
B.Sc. / B.Sc.(Hons.) with Physical Science / Biological Science with minimum 55% marks.
Some reputed colleges and institutes do conduct entrance examination to get admission to their M.Sc. Degree course.
Those who want to know the interactions between potentially harmful substances, living organisms and the environment are good suit for it.
Those who want to focus on a future occupation in industrial or academic research, product development or in regulatory agency areas also are good match for it.
They should have team building skills and leadership abilities by joining scientific professional societies, participating in regional and national science events, and taking a class in public relations.
Applicants should have skills like hand-eye coordination, calculus, environmental studies and statistics which will help you in analyzing and processing data.
How is M.Sc. Toxicology Course Beneficial?
M.Sc. Toxicology course helps to develop new, effective and safe medicines, monitor the effects of chemicals on the environment, ensure that food and water are free from chemical contamination and safe to consume.
It also assists in the diagnosis and treatment of chemical poisoning in humans and animals, provide specialized expert opinion in legal cases where medicines, drugs of abuse and other chemicals may be implicated, provide guidance and advice for the safe use of chemicals in the workplace.
It is also beneficial for further studies such as M.Phil. and Ph.D. as it gives good base for it.
They can also become teacher in schools and lecturer in colleges / universities after having cleared certain qualifications like UGC-NET exam etc.