Why study Toxicology?

Toxicology is the study of adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms and their environment. Toxicologists are scientists trained to investigate, interpret and communicate the nature of those effects, thus providing the necessary basis for protection measures. Toxicologists are frequently employed in industry, academia and regulatory bodies having a mix of applicable knowledge, experience and professional qualifications.

Toxicology is a dynamic multidisciplinary science

  • Toxicology requires interactions between biology, chemistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and environmental science.
  • Toxicology interconnects research, hazard and risk assessment and risk management, to protect public health.

Toxicologists make tangible social contributions

  • Toxicologists increase public safety by identifying toxic chemicals and helping the development of safer ones.
  • Toxicologists provide expertise to guide policy decision making and setting of guidelines.
  • Toxicologists help inform the public by explaining complex scientific subjects in simple language.

Toxicologists have good job prospects

Toxicology is a highly dynamic field which is expanding and adapting as society changes and new demands have to be met. The need for toxicologists is growing as a result of new chemical testing and drug safety requirements and legislation. There is a shortage of trained toxicologists, partly because specialised training opportunities are limited.

SCAHT therefore offers programmes and modules in toxicology and regulatory sciences: