MSc Human and Environmental Toxicology with Law

1 year
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
UK Home Students: £11,340
Overseas Students: £29,340

This flagship 1-year program is the first to offer Master’s students a comprehensive approach to tackling pollution by combining 21st-century toxicology with a foundation in environmental law.

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Build the skills to protect a healthy environment

Offered through the Centre for Environmental Research and Justice (CERJ), this course delivers an essential skill set for resolving the present-day challenges faced by communities coping with industrial pollution.

This unique program fills a gap identified both by students seeking real-world impact and by partners in community organizations, green industry, and government. Sustainability-minded organizations across sectors have a growing need for team members who can navigate the complexity of environmental problems and solutions.

Graduates of this program will understand not only what the latest science is revealing about toxic chemicals but also the legal and policy structures by which lasting change is made.

Scholarships for 2024 entry

The University of Birmingham is proud to offer a range of scholarships for our postgraduate programmes. With a scholarship pot worth over £2 million, we are committed to alleviating financial barriers to support you in taking your next steps.

Each scholarship has its own specific deadlines and eligibility criteria. Please familiarise yourself with the information on individual scholarship webpages prior to submitting an application.

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Why study this course?

  • Solutions-oriented professional development
    This course prepares graduates to bridge the current gap between scientific knowledge and real-world environmental protection. Whether you envision yourself working in government, research, the nonprofit sector, or green industry, understanding both the science and the law positions you for a solutions-oriented career path.
  • Learning at the speed of change
    You’ll dive straight into the most advanced scientific approaches to understanding human and environmental health hazards, learn how to utilize AI and data modeling tools, and understand the evolving landscape of environmental law and policy. Course lessons are tailored to emerging issues and state-of-the-art technology, and will be regularly updated.
  • Taught by today’s pioneers and leaders
    Course instructors are at the forefront of sustainability science, regulation, and community engagement, leading some of the most comprehensive efforts to align environmental science and law. Visit the CERJ projects page to see where your instructors are currently engaged with UK, EU, and global initiatives.
  • Hands-on experience in problem solving
    Your capstone project pairs you with mentors and partner organizations to tackle a real-world problem using what you’ve learned in both law and science. This comprehensive approach enables you to make a difference during your time in the program and build a track record of success as a change maker.


  1. New Approach Methodologies for Regulatory Toxicology (Biosciences, 20 credits, compulsory).
  2. Metabolism and Mechanisms of Toxicity (Biosciences, 20 credits, compulsory)
  3. Environmental Protection and Pollution Control (Law School, 20 credits, compulsory).
  4. Regulatory Science and Toxicology for the 21st Century (Biosciences, 20 credits, compulsory)
  5. Environmental and Energy Regulation (34794, Law School, 20 credits, compulsory)
  6. Environmental Analysis and Modelling (25556, GEES, 20 credits, compulsory)
  7. Interdisciplinary Individual Project (Biosciences, 60 credits, compulsory).

Summer School: There is a ‘Science Summer School for Environmental Justice’ one week before Welcome Week, which is designed to teach students the relevant skills required to understand the content of the MSc. As students joining this MSc may be from diverse undergraduate backgrounds, this summer school is intended to ensure everybody begins the MSc with the same relevant knowledge.

Further, for students joining the MSc with little to no experience in law, a ‘Introduction to Law Summer School’ will be offered to teach crucial legal skills to ensure understanding of the MSc content.

The Summer Schools come highly recommended but are not included in the formal mandatory programme. To ensure flexibility and accessibility, a corresponding Canvas online course containing session recordings and additional resources will be provided to students.


UK Home Students: £11,340
Overseas Students: £29,340

Eligibility for home/EU or overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.

Global Masters Scholarship

This £2,000 award is available to all international students from a selection of countries who are seeking to study a taught Masters degree at Birmingham in the 2024-25 academic year.

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For further information on tuition fees, living costs and available financial support, you can also visit our pages on undergraduate fees and funding.

Birmingham Masters Scholarship

Our Birmingham Masters Scholarship offers £2,000 via a tuition fee discount, to support the brightest and best applicants from UK or Ireland undertaking Masters study at Birmingham during 2024-2025.

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How To Apply

26th July 2024 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2025.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 or higher in a relevant undergraduate discipline (relevant background degrees are Biology, Law, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences or Public Health)

A Level - minimum 3 A-Levels is required with an A/B in at least two Science A Levels (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics) ((other A Levels considered if they contained empirical study and quantitate analysis)).

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.

International Requirements


You will have access to a comprehensive support system to help you make the transition to higher education when you start at Birmingham.  We want you to have a smooth transition into university life. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are areas where you need support.

Personal tutors – You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

Wellbeing Officers – Alongside your personal tutor, you will also have access to dedicated wellbeing officers who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond if you need it

Our Academic Skills Centre helps you to become a more effective and independent learner through a range of high-quality support services. The centre offers workshops on a range of topics, such as note-taking, reading, academic writing and presentation skills.

The Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) will provide guidance on writing essays and dissertations if you need it. You can receive individual support from an academic writing advisor and meet with postgraduate tutors who specialise in particular subjects too.

Our Student Experience Team will help you get the most out of your academic experience. They offer research opportunities, study skills support, and help you prepare for your post-university career. They also organise social events, such as field trips, to help you meet fellow students from your course.

Contact Hours

(3h per week for module of New approach methodology for regulatory toxicology)

LM Environmental Protection and Pollution Control (Law)

Seminar-15 hours
Guided independent study-185 hours
Total: 200 hours

LM Regulatory Science and Toxicology for the 21st Century (Biosciences)

55 hours in-person contact

LM Environmental and Energy Regulation (Law)

Seminar-15 hours
Guided independent study-185 hours
Total: 200 hours

LM Metabolism and Mechanisms of Toxicity (Biosciences)

71 hours in-person contact

LI Legal Solutions (Law)

Lecture-17 hours
Seminar-3 hours
Project supervision-1 hours
Guided independent study-179 hours
Total: 200 hours

Assessment Methods

Summative assessment for modules within this MSc includes essay assignments, multiple choice tests, problem solving exercises, extended writing assignments, oral presentations, learning logs, and group projects.

There will be further formative assessment opportunities involving posters, independent projects, laboratory/workshop reports, computer-based exercises, and student led discussions.

60 credits of this MSc come from the dissertation module, which will be an extended essay assignment.

Studying an MSc in Human and Environmental Health with law will allow you to develop specialist knowledge in both the biological approach of assessing Human and Environmental Health and the legal approach at protecting Human and Enviornmental Health. This allows graduates to pursue careers as impactful environmental scientists, researchers, regulators, and changemakers. The MSc will also allow students to develop a wide range of transferable skills that can be used for a wide variety of careers, not solely across Environmental Science and Law.

Graduates will have developed skills to enter the workforce through six key areas:

  • Government
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Industry
  • NGOs
  • Research
  • Higher Education