The Master's Programme in Toxicology gives students an in-depth knowledge of the broad and interdisciplinary toxicological field. The programme focuses on human health and prepares students for either a research or professional career and provides a solid platform for doctoral education in toxicology-related fields or employment in risk/safety assessment-related areas in the public sector or in industry.
The programme fulfils all the course requirements for the European Register of Toxicologists (ERT).
The Master's Programme in Toxicology was one of the first toxicology programmes in the world when it started in 1976. The programme is unique in its two-year cohesive focus on toxicology and human health. The ToxMaster programme covers principles and applications in toxicology for a broad range of chemicals - pharmaceuticals, pesticides, cosmetics, environmental contaminants, occupational exposures etc. 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 Food Agency, the Swedish Poison Information Centre and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), as well as with KI doctoral courses, researchers at other departments both within and outside KI. Since 2004 the ToxMaster programme regularly visits the European Commission Joint Research Centre and especially their laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL-ECVAM).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 including systematic approaches, global toxicology in a sustainable society, ethics, adverse outcome pathways, in silico/computational toxicology, bioinformatics, omics and practical laboratory work. The programme always strive at teaching the latest developments from science, methodology and regulations. During the 2nd year students can choose a track to focus more deeply into "Molecular and cellular toxicology" or "Risk assessment and in silico toxicology" by taking elective and project courses.
Employability: Alumni from the KI ToxMaster programme work in academia, at authorities, industry and consultancy companies. Recent years stricter EU regulations for chemical safety of various types of products now show a clear and increasing demand for toxicologists in the society.
Read more on how the programme is structured in the programme syllabus.
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. Previous students/alumni are employed at:
Academia - as doctoral students/researchers at various universities world-wide
Governmental agencies - Swedish, European and other agencies for chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals etc.
Industry - pharma and chemicals
Consultancies - safety assessment support to small and medium sized companies, e.g. cosmetic companies
For more information about application, specific entry requirements and selection, please visit the Master's Programme in Toxicology page on Karolinska Institutet's website.