MSc Computational Toxicology (PgCert, PgDip)

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2021

Tuition fees 21/22
Home (full-time, per year): To be confirmed
International (full-time, per year): To be confirmed
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About this course

Study this new and unique masters in Computational Toxicology and learn about the latest computational approaches used as alternatives to animal testing.

  • Study on the MSc in Computational Toxicology, which has been designed in consultation with industry and regulatory sectors
  • Discover the latest computational approaches being used as alternatives to animal testing to help predict the toxicity of chemicals
  • Provides a detailed overview of current concepts in predictive toxicology and training in the use of state-of-the-art tools employed by industry, research organisations and regulatory authorities to inform decisions concerning the safety of chemicals – from cosmetics through to environmental pollutants
  • Delivered by internationally recognised experts with extensive experience of teaching and research using bespoke computational resources
  • Offers excellent career prospects  the course has been designed to address the need for scientists trained in the use of computational alternatives to animal testing

This is a unique programme of study that has been specifically designed in collaboration with leading employers and experts from industry, business, regulatory authorities and academia to meet a recognised need for skilled graduates in the field of computational toxicology.


Laboratory - Computational ToxicologyThe programme delivers practical experience and understanding of the computational approaches used to predict the toxicity of chemicals using knowledge of chemical structure alone, with the aim of reducing or replacing animal testing. It offers a practical introduction to more advanced, state-of-the-art methods to predict chemical toxicity, including how the methods are applied and assessed. 

You will learn how information is brought together to make decisions concerning the safety of chemicals in everyday use, using real-world examples of safety-assessment strategies commonly used by industry and regulators.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Graduates from the programme will be qualified for employment in a wide range of sectors currently identifying a specific skills shortage, such as the chemical, pharmaceutical and personal care product industries, as well as within regulatory agencies. Career opportunities are also available in the business sector where employers recruit masters graduates with transferable skills in areas such as scientific methodology and data analysis. Graduates may also further their academic career by undertaking a PhD in computational toxicology.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Computational Approaches at the Chemical-Biological Interface
20 credits

Provides an introduction to the key principles of chemistry and biology and what happens at the interface between the two i.e. how chemical features affect properties of molecules and the responses that may be elicited in biological systems.

Physiology and Toxicology
20 credits

Provides knowledge and understanding of human physiology and principles of toxicology, relating to the mechanisms by which chemicals can disrupt normal biological processes and cause toxicity.

Research Methods
20 credits

Equips students with the necessary core skills to effectively design, plan, perform and report scientific research.

Computational Methods in Toxicology 1: Data and Modelling
20 credits

Delivers practical experience and understanding of the computational approaches used to predict toxicity of chemicals using knowledge of chemical structure alone, with the aim of reducing/replacing animal testing.

Computational Methods in Toxicology 2: Advanced Predictive Methods
20 credits

Offers a practical introduction to more advanced, state-of-the-art methods to predict chemical toxicity, including how the methods are applied and assessed.

Safety-based Decision Making
20 credits

Describes how information is brought together to make decisions concerning the safety of chemicals in everyday use. Real-world examples of safety-assessment strategies commonly used by industry and regulators will be investigated.

Research Project
60 credits

An independent, in-depth study of an agreed aspect of research, related to predicting the toxicity of chemicals.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

Teaching will be delivered using a range of methods, including lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, problem-based learning and computer-based exercises.

Assessment will involve a combination of exams and coursework including written reports, oral and poster presentations and the completion of a dissertation based on the research project.

Applied learning

Your projects and modules will be computational and will be conducted within LJMU's computer suites.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Judith Madden

Judith Madden

Programme Leader

Judith is a Reader in Molecular Design and a member of LJMU's  Chemoinformatics Research Group. She obtained a dual honours degree in Chemistry and Pharmacology from the University of Sheffield, before undertaking a PhD in computer-aided drug development at LJMU. She then worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Manchester before returning to LJMU to take up a full-time Lecturer role. Judith’s research interests are the application of computational methods to predict the effects of chemicals on humans and environmental species. The research predicts both the interaction between a chemical and a biological target, at a molecular level, and the potential of a chemical to reach its target site.

No two days are ever the same! There are many facets to my role, such as teaching students using diverse approaches, solving problems through research and collaborating with others within and outside the university. This provides a unique working environment and fantastic opportunities.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Biomedical Science, Medicinal Chemistry or a related discipline such as Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmacology or Toxicology.

Applications are encouraged from those with significant, relevant industrial or regulatory experience/alternative qualifications and these applications will be considered on individual merit by member(s) of the programme team. 

Additional Information

  • IELTS score 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • International students should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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