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Toxicology

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Aim

The program aims to expose students to an in-depth knowledge of toxicology, mechanisms of toxicants, effects on living systems, effects on the environment, detection, prevention, and control.

The objectives are to:

  1. explain the history and scope of toxicology such as; food, environmental, forensic, and clinical toxicity.
  2. have broad knowledge of classes of toxicants with the view to exposing students to advanced toxicological activities
  3. describe various toxic actions and explain how they affect organs and systems
  4. expose students to instrumentation techniques and analytical procedures in toxicology
  5. acquire knowledge on risk assessment, prevention, and control of toxins
  6. expose the students to toxicological techniques for food, industrial, and environmental applications.

2.0  Program Name: Master of Technology (MTech) in Toxicology

2.1  ELIGIBILITY

In addition to O level entry requirement as in the admission guideline of Federal University of Technology Minna, candidates with a minimum of second class lower degree in a related discipline may be admitted into the program but must have a CGPA of 2.50 and above at the end of course work before proceeding to the research. The related courses are Biochemistry, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Food Science and Animal Science.

2.2 METHODS OF INSTRUCTION.

Generally, pedagogical approaches will be adopted. These will include lecture methods, demonstrations, tutorials, group presentations, and slide presentations. Laboratory practicals will include wet and dry practicals, field trips, and report presentations at the end of the internship. Teleconferencing and mid-term papers are also not excluded.

2.3 METHODS OF EVALUATION

Procedure for formative (CA) including assignments and mid-term test: 40 %

Procedure for summative: 60 %

Internship/Industrial experience: 3 months

Practical-based classes shall be assessed thus:

Weekly class experiments: 40 %

Advanced technique term paper: 10 %

Examination: 50 %

2.4 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of three (3) semesters and a maximum of six (6) semesters are required to be spent by the candidates while on the program. This includes the period spent on the coursework and internship. To complete the course, students are required to register and PASS thirty-five (35) core credit units from the three semesters and a minimum of four elective credit units from the first and second semesters. The core courses include internships and projects as highlighted:

Core credit units: 31

Elective credit units: 4

Internship: 2

Research Project: 6

2.5 CARRIER/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of MTech Toxicology shall be opportune to work as laboratory analysts, surveillance/senior inspectors, molecular toxicologists, forensic and clinical toxicologists, and food and safety officers/food safety regulators in various companies and industries. They would also be relevant as biosafety officers, toxicological risk assessors, chemical toxicologists, and instructors/lead instructors/trainers/lecturers.

3.0 Program Name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Toxicology

3.1 ELIGIBILITY (PhD)

In addition to O level requirement as in the admission guideline of the Federal University of Technology Minna, candidates with a CGPA of 3.50 and above in a related discipline, who have applied to the Department for a PhD in Toxicology but without an MSc in Toxicology will be required to take a course work and acquire a minimum of 3.50 before proceeding to the research. The related courses are Biochemistry, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Food Science, and Animal Science.

3.2 METHODS OF INSTRUCTION.

Generally, pedagogical approaches will be adopted. These will include lecture methods, demonstrations, tutorials, group presentations, and slide presentations. Laboratory practicals will include wet and dry practicals, field trips, and report presentations at the end of the internship. Teleconferencing and mid-term papers are also not excluded.

3.3 METHODS OF EVALUATION

Procedure for formative (CA): 40%

Procedure for summative: 60%

Internship/Industrial experience: 3-6 months

Thesis: 6 Credit units

3.4 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of six (6) semesters and a maximum of ten (10) semesters are required to be spent by the candidates while on the program. This includes the period spent on the course work (for candidates that must take the course work) and internship.

 3.5 CARRIER/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Doctoral degree holders in Toxicology have job opportunities in the Standards Bureau/organizations, National Drug Administration and food control, Quarantine services, Veterinary Centres, Hospitals, Food and Chemical Industries, and lots more.