M.Sc. Toxicology

Karolinska Institutet

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 22,250 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Global Master's Programme in Toxicology is unique in its cohesive focus on toxicology and health, and one of the oldest and most well-proven toxicology programmes in the world.

What happens during the programme?
Studying toxicology is a way of learning how to understand various mechanisms of toxicity and how to assess health risks with the use of chemicals in our daily life. Knowledge and training in toxicology will give you the opportunity to contribute to a future of safe and sustainable use of chemicals, pesticides and drugs.

The programme has an emphasis on toxicological testing and research, modes of action, and health risk/safety assessment using problem-based learning and real-life cases. The programme uses its close connection with high-quality research and risk assessment work, and collaborates with the pharmaceutical industry, national authorities, as well as with scientists at departments within and outside Karolinska Institutet.

Career opportunities after graduation
The programme is well-integrated in the research and risk assessment activities at Karolinska Institutet and gives you a solid foundation for a future as either a doctoral researcher or a risk/safety assessor.

Due to the tightening of chemical safety legislation, the demand for qualified toxicologists is increasing. If you want to make a difference to the world, toxicology is a never-ending challenge. You can contribute to meeting the international demand for qualified toxicologists of the future.


The programme will next be given in autumn 2014. This page will be updated with the programme overview closer to the time.
Semester 1
Introduction to toxicology 4TX008 (7,5 hp)
Target organ toxicology 4TX000 (15 hp)
Health risk assessment of Chemicals 4TX002 (7,5 hp)
Semester 2
Laboratory animal science 4TX015 (4,5 hp)
Toxicokinetics 4TX012 (3 hp)
Biochemical and molecular toxicology 4TX010 (18 hp)
Histopathology 4TX009 (4,5 hp)
Semester 3
Toxicity testing 4TX013 (15 hp)
Semester 3 and 4
Degree project in toxicology (45 hp)


Bachelor's degree or professional degree worth at least 180 higher education credits in biomedicine, biology, cellular and molecular biology, pharmaceutics, chemistry, medicine or biotechnology.

Proficiency in the English language should be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL: internet based (iBT) with a total score of at least 90 and minimum score of 20 on the written test, or paper based (PBT) with a total score of at least 575, and minimum score of 4.5 on the written test; or IELTS (academic) with an overall mark of at least 6.5 and no band less than 5.5; or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English B at Swedish upper secondary school.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90



If you have satisfactorily completed certain undergraduate university studies, you may be given credits for them. You are also entitled to credits for other studies if the nature and extent of the knowledge and skills for which you are claiming credits are such that they are equivalent in the main to the education for which they are intended to be credited. You may also receive credits for knowledge and skills that you have acquired in the course of employment. An application for credits should be submitted as soon as you have been admitted to the Biomedicine programme. You should contact the study adviser.
Accreditation is reviewed by an examiner where a whole course or components of a course are involved. Accreditation is reviewed by a programme director for major parts of the programme in connection with admission to a later part or in the case of studies abroad where several courses are involved and also in connection with accreditation of a course as an optional course.

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