Applied Toxicology


Master of Biomedical Science students may apply to complete their degrees with an applied toxicology focus on theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to drug and chemical safety evaluation and regulation. These students simultaneously register in the MBS program and the collaborative specialization in Toxicology and will receive an MBS + TOX upon graduation.


Recent labour statistics indicate that career opportunities for graduates with training in applied toxicology are high as annual demand for toxicologists consistently outstrips supply. Graduates of the MBS+TOX program will be competitive for employment in:

  • chemical, drug, food and consumer product industries

  • toxicology consulting firms

  • federal and provincial government regulatory departments

  • contract research organizations and institutional research centres


Students in the MBS+TOX will develop core competencies required for a career in Applied Toxicology including knowledge of the regulatory requirements for drug/chemical safety evaluation, toxicology risk assessment including practical elements of toxicity testing, study design evaluation, statistical analysis, data interpretation and report writing. Development of professional skills will also be emphasized including critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, as well as interpersonal skills including leadership and teamwork.


The MBS+TOX includes core courses and electives with practicum placements in government agencies and industries that emphasize application of concepts and skills to solve toxicology-related problems, develop toxicology-based submissions to regulatory agencies and assess toxicological risk.


The program is tailored to students who have graduated with a BSc degree in Toxicology or BSc with a several advanced level courses in toxicology and an interest in applied toxicology and associated regulatory aspects.

Program Components

  • MBS+TOX students complete the 1 year 'Masters of Biomedical Sciences' program with a 'Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology'
  • emphasizes experiential learning with practicum placements
  • mandatory start in the Fall semester
  • 4.0 Course Credits as per MBS requirements


Required core courses:

  • TOX*6000 Advanced Principles of Toxicology S [0.5] (required for the Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology)
  • TOX*6200 Advanced Topics in Toxicology W [0.5] (required for Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology; only if TOX*4200 not taken)
  • TOX*6910 Practicum in Biomedical Sciences S [1.0] (required for the MBS program)

Recommended core courses:

  • BIOM*6490 Introduction to Drug Development W [0.5] 

  • POPM*6230 Applied Clinical Research F [0.50]
  • BIOM*6400-Critical Thinking in Medical Research F [0.5] (only if BIOM*3210 not taken)


Optional courses:

  • < > Gene Expression in Health and Disease W [0.5]

    BIOM*4300 Biomedical Communications F [0.5]

  • POPM*6350 Safety of Foods of Animal Origins F [0.50]
  • POPM*6540 Concepts in Environmental Public Health W [0.50]
  • TOX*6590 Biochemical Toxicology W [0.5]
(only if TOX*4590 not taken)

  • TOX*4100 Toxicological Pathology W [0.5]

  • TOX*4000 Medical Toxicology F [0.5]



Gordon M. Kirby, DVM, MSc, PhD

Department of Biomedical Sciences, Rm.1646C

E-mail: / Phone: 519-824 4120 ext. 54948


Note: Prior to applying to the MBS program, interested students should contact Dr. Kirby to discuss their academic background and career interests in toxicology.