Utrecht University

Toxicology and Environmental Health, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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As a graduate of this Toxicology and Environmental Health programme at Utrecht University, you will be qualified to assess the impact of toxicological agents on populations or work environments by applying the principles of environmental and occupational epidemiology.


In the course of our day-to-day life, we come into contact with a vast number of chemical, biological, and physical agents that could do us harm. These agents are present in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the food we eat. We encounter them when we travel and when we work or when we use consumer goods such as cosmetics or electrical equipment.

Determining the source of these risks, and quantifying their effects, requires cooperation by experts across a host of different disciplines. Our Master’s programme in Toxicology and Environmental Health has been designed with this in mind, training you in the fundamentals of toxicology, environmental epidemiology, emerging toxicological agents such as nanoparticles and zoonotic components, and exposure assessment. This programme will enable you to assess the risks present in the workplace or the food chain.

The multidisciplinary nature of this programme means that you will have the flexibility to specialise in a particular field or undertake more generalist training in risk assessment. You may also take part in experimental research in the fields of neurotoxicology, immunotoxicology, allergies, in vitro toxicology, endocrine toxicology, environmental toxicology, and chemistry. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake practical work in environmental or occupational exposure assessment engaging in activities such as exposure modelling or in-depth analysis of samples taken from a variety of sources.

Programme objective

This MSc programme at Utrecht University will give you the knowledge and skills needed to assess chemical, biological, and physical hazards, as well as the risks associated with exposure to toxicological agents.

After completing the MSc programme in Toxicology and Environmental Health, you will:

  • have a thorough understanding of risk assessment terminology, principles, and methodology;
  • be able to perform a basic risk assessment, making use of toxicological or epidemiological data;
  • have a broad appreciation of biological, chemical, and physical environmental health hazards, both indoors and outdoors, as well as their potential impact on human health;
  • understand the multi-disciplinary nature of risk assessment;
  • have an understanding of current and emerging issues and techniques in health risk assessment; and
  • be able to design and set-up a targeted health risk assessment, making optimal use of the information and approaches available to you.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Theoretical courses

In this programme you will spend ten weeks completing compulsory theoretical courses.

Elective courses

Electives will enable you to increase your knowledge within your fields of interest or to address partial educational deficiencies.

Major research project and minor research project

Students are required to complete a major and a minor research project.


During the course of the Master’s programme, you have to attend at least ten seminars.

Written assignment

This written assignment will consist of a clear and thorough overview of recent literature, concluded by an in-depth discussion.

Educational methods

During the 10-week obligatory courses, we work with the following educational methods:

  • Lectures (maximum class size 25 students)
  • Case studies (3 - 4 students/case)
  • Computer practicals (1 - 2 students/practical)
  • Literature reviews and discussion (maximum class size 25 students)
Group size

Maximum group size for courses is 25 participants.

Examination methods

Evaluation of the theoretical part of the Master’s programme is based on:

  • written exams;
  • research proposal;
  • presentations;
  • essays; and
  • research reports.

Research projects are graded based on:

  • practical work (60%);
  • written report (30%); and
  • oral presentation (10%)
Courses include:
  • Exposure assessment in epidemiology
  • Exposure assessment in toxicology
  • Effects assessment in toxicology and environmental epidemiology
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Environmental epidemiology

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree from an international University (equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor’s Degree) in: Biology; Biomedical Sciences; Medicine; Veterinary sciences; Chemistry; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Other relevant science programme.
  • In depth knowledge and insight in the field of toxicology and epidemiology.
  • Basic knowledge in biostatistics.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.