Master's Programme in Toxicology

Master's Programme in Toxicology

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week late August. Lectures begin August 30, 2021.  
  • Degree: Master of Medical Science with a Major in Toxicology  

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).

Programme presentation

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 strives 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.

Career opportunities

The programme provides a solid foundation for a career in toxicology as either a PhD student 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
More information on students, alumni and the programme is avaliable on the programme website 

Application Autumn 2021

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Documentation deadline: 1 February 2021
  • Application code: KI-D1006

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, biotechnology, or the equivalent. Check the country specific requirements for information on how to meet the requirement of a degree equivalent to at least 180 credits. Applicants who are in their final year may be conditionally admitted.

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B. You must prove that you meet the English language requirement either through an internationally recognised test, previous university studies or upper secondary school studies. Instructions on how to document your English proficiency are available at


The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience, ambition and initiative, 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. In the CV form you will find instructions on how to certify your experiences.

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 1 February 2021.

Documentation requirements

Applicants with foreign academic credentials should follow the documentation requirements for master's applicants at

Applicants with Swedish academic credentials should follow the documentation requirements at

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 1 February 2021


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden. The online application opens 16 October 2020.

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If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. For further details:

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 400 000 SEK
First instalment: 100 000 SEK
Payment of fees

Application process

Read more on entry requirements, documentation requirements and the selection process at Admissions to Global Master's Programmes.


For information on the application process please contact the Admissions Office at Karolinska Institutet.

For more information about the programme and its outline, please contact:
Programme Director Annika Hanberg,

Contact information for the central Study Guidance Office

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