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University of Birmingham: Human and Environmental Toxicology with Law

Institution University of Birmingham View institution profile
Department College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Study type Taught


This MSc programme is a special educational offering of the Centre for Environmental Research and Justice (CERJ). This MSc is an interdisciplinary, cross-college master's programme predominantly involving Life and Environmental Sciences and the College of Arts and Law.

Chemical pollution is responsible for three times more annual premature deaths than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined. This MSc explores recent scientific and technological methodologies that allow for greater understanding of chemical toxicity, thus paving the way for evidence-based actions via a range of potential governance interventions that make the environment safe from toxic chemicals and defend people's rights to a healthy environment.

Graduates of the programme will have gained the analytical, rhetorical and collaborative skills and confidence to effectively use scientific evidence to advocate on behalf of the environment. This programme will offer different routes for students to specialise in areas related to regulation, industry, NGOs, and scientific research.

Why study this course? - Collaborative, cross-college teaching – The MSc in Human and Environmental Toxicology with Law is distinctive in prioritising collaboration. We understand that the problems caused by pollution on health and the environment are multifaceted and cannot be tackled with Science or Law alone. Instead, this MSc allows you to develop expertise in BOTH science and law, empowering you to become a knowledgeable environmental changemaker.

  • Future-minded – This MSc provides students with the skills to become the leaders, regulators and changemakers of tomorrow. The MSc will be delivered by leading environmental lawyers, toxicologists and bioinformaticians who are already pioneering modern, collaborative regulatory science for the UK, EU and beyond.

  • A unique experience – While most postgraduate taught Master’s degrees silo students in a single academic discipline, the MSc in Human and Environmental Toxicology with Law allows you to develop your competencies across science and law from two of the University of Birmingham’s academic colleges to gain a truly unique set of skills.

  • An opportunity to apply transferable skills – Regardless of your background in Biology or Law, this programme will enable you to integrate your undergraduate knowledge and apply it to a broader context, allowing you to become knowledgeable changemakers with an understanding of both the science and law needed to defend people’s rights and protect environmental health.

Summer Schools: If you are successful in your application, you will be invited to attend the Summer Schools hosted by the MSc Human and Environmental Toxicology with Law teaching leads during the week before Welcome Week.

The Science Summer School for Environmental Justice and the Law Summer School for Environmental Research are designed to ensure that students coming into the MSc have the same basic knowledge of scientific and legal theories to understand the MSc Course Content.

We appreciate that not all students will be able to attend these Summer Schools face-to-face, so a corresponding Canvas Course will be created. This will contain session recordings and additional resources so that everybody has access to this information at the start of the MSc.


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Our high-quality teaching and supervision will help you take your skills and career to the next level.

Here, you’ll feel engaged, motivated and challenged, as part of our inclusive community that has a strong research culture.  At Birmingham, we’ll support your health, wellbeing and personal development. While our professional and academic careers services will help you take the next step. This is your time. This is your place.

With more than 600 taught programmes and a range of research opportunities to choose from, Birmingham is one of the most popular UK universities for postgraduate study.

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