Why Should I join BTS?


Many professional toxicologists and students chose to join the British Toxicology Society. The Society organises scientific meetings to discuss cutting edge science and training courses so that BTS members can keep their understanding of toxicology up-to-date. It’s important to support the next generation of toxicologists so, as well as subsidised membership fees, student members of the BTS can also apply for bursaries to allow them to attend scientific meetings.
Other benefits of society membership are: free access to our official scientific journal, regular newsletters and the information contained on the BTS website’s Members area. Many toxicologist jobs are advertised on the BTS website; these jobs vary from entry level up to experts, so is valuable throughout your career. Above all, the Society provides a friendly community that advances toxicological science as well as developing individual toxicologists.
If you’re already studying toxicology, why not join the BTS as a student member? It’s a great way to meet other early career toxicologists, as well as potential employers or PhD supervisors. To join the society, please visit the membership pages of the website.
The younger members of the Society are also setting up the BTS Early Career Toxicologists’ Network. The goals of the network are to pass on news of training and career development opportunities, provide a pool of people who may be interested in promoting the BTS to other students at careers events, and to allow Early Career Toxicologists to get to know each other at BTS events. 

How do I become a Toxicologist?


Since there are many different branches of toxicology, there are a variety of skills and qualifications that can allow you to become a toxicologist. Generally toxicologists have a firm understanding of biology, chemistry and biochemistry in order to understand how substances can alter the physiological or biochemical processes within the body, in order to cause a toxic effect.   However, toxicology is a multidisciplinary science which can benefit from the knowledge and skills from a variety of scientific disciplines. 
There are relatively few undergraduate courses (BSc) in toxicology, so many students specialise in toxicology during their post-graduate study, as a masters degree (MSc) or a doctorate (PhD). Follow the links below to read more about specific advice that is relevant to your stage of education or career: