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Postgraduate Study

The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their research skills and to receive advanced level training in molecular toxicology research. Students will obtain a wide range of specialist knowledge pertaining to current issues in medicine and environmental safety.  

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the postgraduate training, students will have gained postgraduate training in toxicology, specifically:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques pertinent to cutting-edge toxicology
  • a thorough knowledge of toxicology literature relevant to their project
  • a broad overview of the multiple applications of toxicology
  • experience in producing original research
  • practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field


Those who wish to progress to a PhD after completing an MPhil will be required to pass the MPhil at a sufficient level to satisfy the departmental postgraduate education committee that they have the skills and ability to achieve the higher degree.  Candidates will need to apply for the PhD via the postgraduate applicant portal. 

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information

12 months full-time

24 months part-time

Master of Philosophy

MRC Toxicology Unit

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
May 16, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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