Forensic Toxicology


Forensic Medicine and Science has a long-standing history of offering research degrees to students from the UK and overseas, with many graduates going on to become established experts and leaders in their specialties.  

The major research interests in forensic toxicology have developed primarily from the casework. Changing social trends identified through forensic toxicology casework often drive the creation of new research projects.

The forensic toxicology laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation providing both research students and collaborators with the opportunity to undertake essential, high quality research. The toxicology service constantly needs to develop advanced analytical methods, often based on innovative combinations of modern instrumentation and alternative biological matrices. These new methodologies provide important tools for the interpretation of toxicology results.

Research is carried out within broad subject areas such as:

  • Instrumentation and Methodology 
  • Alcohol and Drugs in the Community 
  • Drug-Facilitated Crime
  • Drugs and Driving 
  • Emerging Drugs

Previous projects have included drug abuse in pregnancy, opioid abuse in the Glasgow area, the stability of drugs and alcohol, blood spot analysis; the development of broad drug screening methods utilizing high-resolution mass spectrometry; investigating alternative matrices and biomarkers, and interpretation of drug concentrations in post-mortem samples.

Studying for a PhD in forensic toxicology

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