Toxicology, the study of drugs and poisons, is an expanding area of study that offers graduates a wide range of career options. Forensic toxicology is the application of the science and study of drugs and poisons to questions that arise in judicial proceedings and involves a wide range of case scenarios including drugs/alcohol and driving, drug facilitated sexual assault, and deliberate/malicious poisoning.
Forensics toxicology involves the study of the isolation and analysis of drugs and poisons from a wide variety of matixes, including human tissues and the effects that these may have on the individual. The course will aim to provide students with a detailed knowledge concerning the selection and collection of case materials, as well as the analytical techniques used in forensic toxicology laboratories for the isolation and identification of drugs and poisons.
A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional experience
You will study the signs and symptoms associated with the use of common drugs and poisons, basic pharmacology, mechanisms of drug/poison action, drug metabolism and drug elimination from the body. In addition to the more traditional areas of forensic toxicology, the course will introduce you to aspects of environmental forensic science where toxicology may be involved.
An important part of the training of the forensic expert is associated with the presentation of evidence in court and so you will undertake training in the preparation and presentation of evidence.
For those wishing to complete the course on a part-time basis, the course is over two years. Students will be expected to study a minimum of three units per year, plus their dissertation (usually towards the end of their second year). The timetable of when the units take place vary each year, however, the units are timetabled during daytime hours, and will be studied with fellow full-time students.
Extended Research Project
Professional Practice in Forensic Science
Graduates will be qualified to enter careers in either forensic toxicology or research.