M.Sc. Toxicology

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR41223 per Full programme (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Stockholm, Sweden
The Master's Programme in Toxicology at the Karolinska Institutet 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 education in toxicology or employment in risk/safety assessment-related areas in the public sector or in industry.
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Programme presentation

The Master's Programme in Toxicology at the Karolinska Institutet 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. The programme also collaborates with pharmaceutical and chemical industries, national authorities such as the Swedish Chemicals Agency, 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, toxicological research methods, mechanisms of toxicity and mode of action, regulatory toxicity testing, laboratory animal science, alternative methods to animal testing, histopathology, statistics, epidemiology, health risk assessment and global toxicology in a sustainable society. 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 toxicology or risk/safety assessment by taking elective and 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

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Tuition fee
  • EUR41223 per full programme ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • Free ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • Total amount per year: 400 000 SEK
  • First instalment: 100 000 SEK
Credits 120
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Semester 1
  • Principles of toxicology
  • Toxicokinetics
  • Target organ toxicology
  • Histopathology and clinical pathology
Semester 2
  • Laboratory animal science
  • Applications of methods in toxicological research
  • Health risk assessment
Semester 3
  • Molecular and Cellular Toxicology
  • Global toxicology in a sustainable society
  • Regulatory toxicity testing
Semester 3 and 4
  • Degree project in toxicology or
  • Project work or elective courses
  • Degree project in toxicology


Specific entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in biomedicine, biology, cellular and molecular biology, pharmaceutics, chemistry, medicine, nutrition or biotechnology. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English 6/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.

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Sweden when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Karolinska Institutet

Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

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