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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: APTM038 Module Title: NANOTOXICOLOGY
Module Provider: Biosciences Short Name: APTM038
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: PRICE SC Prof (Biosciences)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

All year.

Assessment Pattern
2.5 hour examination 50%
Coursework 50%
Module Overview

Advances in a number of science disciplines have created a new area – nanotechnology – and with this comes the issue of safety and risk assessment of nanomaterials. This module will attempt to bring together areas of concern together with regulatory requirements reviewing the assessment of these materials. It will cover issues within the areas of occupation, cosmetics, foods and the pharmaceutical industry.


Applicants wishing to read for the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma will normally possess a minimum of a science degree in a relevant subject. In addition, applicants are expected to have at least one year's experience in a related area. There are no formal entrance requirements for participants not wishing to register for the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma, although a scientific background to at least degree level is recommended.
Module Aims

Participants will



·         familiarise themselves with the various types of nanomaterials;


·         understand the underlying principles involved in the toxico-pathology responses;


·         understand the regulations underlying the assessment of safety of these materials in various disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, participants will be able to critically evaluate the data in the context of toxicological evaluation. They will:



·         appreciate the significance of the potential toxicities of these particles;


·         understand ADME of these particles;


·         be able to integrate knowledge of kinetics, dynamics and metabolism of these particles;


·         understand how these new materials are being regulated.


Module Content

·         Overview of types of nanomaterials available


·         Use of nanomaterials in cosmetics and regulatory directives;


·         Use of nanomaterials in food industry and regulatory directives;


·         Use of nanomaterials in pharmaceutical and chemical industry and regulatory directives;


·         Life cycle analysis;


·         Techniques currently used to establish potential adverse effects;


·         Review of effects on respiratory system, dermal system and reproductive system;


·         Alternative methods to establish mechanisms of toxicity.


Methods of Teaching/Learning
Formal lectures supplemented by pre-course reading material, discussion and syndicate work.
Selected Texts/Journals
These are advised prior to each module and include reprints of papers where appropriate. General texts are supplied on short loan.
Last Updated
20 August 2010