M.Sc. Toxicology

Karolinska Institutet | Stockholm, Sweden
The Master's Programme in Toxicology gives students an in-depth knowledge of the broad and interdisciplinary toxicological field. The programme prepares students for either a research or professional career and provides a solid platform for doctoral studies in toxicology or work in risk/safety assessment-related areas in the public sector or industry.
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Description of Toxicology

The Master's Programme in Toxicology was one of the first toxicology programmes in the world. The programme is unique in its two-year cohesive focus on toxicology and human health. The programme utilises its close connection to high-quality research and risk assessment work at the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) - the main centre for education and training in toxicology and health risk assessment in Sweden, and collaborates with pharmaceutical and chemical industries, national authorities (for example the Swedish Chemicals Agency and the Swedish National Food Administration), Swetox and the Swedish Poison Information Centre, as well as with scientists at other departments both within and outside KI.

The programme includes principles in toxicology, toxicokinetics, target organ toxicity, biochemical and molecular toxicological methods, mechanisms of toxicity and mode of action, toxicity testing, laboratory animal science, alternative methods to animal testing, histopathology, statistics, epidemiology, and health risk assessment. This first part of the programme provides students with a general, advanced toxicological grounding, upon which they then base a personal line of inquiry to probe more deeply into experimental research or risk/safety assessment by taking elective and/or project courses.

Career opportunities

The programme provides a solid foundation for a career in toxicology as either a doctoral researcher or a risk/safety assessor in the public or private sector in Sweden or abroad.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)
  • Total amount: 400 000 SEK
  • First instalment: 100 000 SEK
Start date August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Semester 1
  • Introduction to toxicology
  • Target organ toxicology
  • Health risk assessment of Chemicals
Semester 2
  • Laboratory animal science
  • Toxicokinetics
  • Biochemical and molecular toxicology
  • Histopathology
Semester 3
  • Toxicity testing
Semester 3 and 4
  • Degree project in toxicology

Requirements for Toxicology

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.


The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Applicants to Karolinska Institutet´s Global Master´s programmes are asked to complete a CV form that will be used in the selection process.

Work Experience for Toxicology

No work experience is required.

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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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