Master's programme in toxicology

Welcome to this site where we hope that you, as a prospective or just accepted student, will find more useful information about the Master's program in toxicology.

What is the typical background of a Tox master student?

The specific entry requirements state that 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 is needed for being eligible for starting the program.

As you can see below, Tox master students usually have a very diverse background in what their previous studies were focused on (data from 2010-2018). This is something that we think is a strength and that we are trying to take advantage of throughout the program. The most common is to have a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical sciences or Biomedicine. The subject "Other" includes everything from Environmental Toxicology to Forensic science.

Highlights during the program

This is what the current Tox master students think!

There have been many highlights in the program for me from different perspectives. Course structure-wise, it has been nice to experience the work-life balance here so that I could be relaxed enough to expand my interests. Content-wise, we have had an excellent molecular skill training course, which was well instructed and organised and serves as a good projection of the degree project coming up next year. People-wise, we have developed a very strong team bond through the nice trip at the beginning of the program and I have learned a lot of people skills by interacting with colleagues from China, the US, the UK, Mexico and Europe with very different mindsets and backgrounds. Food-wise, we often get spoiled by our lovely course leaders who would bring fika every now and then. - Boyao Zhang

How close our class has become. We really have a great group dynamic between the class and the teachers. - Alison Baxley

The trip to Finnhamn and the Laboratory animal course. - Marianne Brookman

Target Organ Toxicology and Lab Methods. - Moosa Awadha

Travels and study visits during the program

During the programme you will visit different authorities and research institutes, but the most popular visits usually are the 2-day kick-off in the Stockholm archipelago at the beginning of the program and the visit to JRC outside Milan, Italy during the last semester.

Stockholm archipelago - Finnhamn

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Joint Research Center at Ispra, Italy

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List of past Master thesis projects

Toxicology is a broad subject which allows for you to choose your Master thesis project based on your interest(s)! Thanks to Karolinska Institutet's good reputation and agreements with specific universities, the project can be performed all over the world. Below is a list of some of the projects performed during 2018. A more complete list of projects can be found here►.

Title Location

A systematic in vitro lung health risk and toxicity assessment for electronic cigarettes using ALI-3D models

Karolinska Institutet

Data extraction and Benchmark Dose Modeling of mycotoxin toxicity data in farm animals

EFSA & University of Parma, Italy

Development of a novel 3D hepatic culture system for assessment of hepatotoxicity induced by gold nanoparticles

Trinity College Dublin, Irland

Evaluation of human hepatic spheroids as an in vitro model for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

Karolinska Institutet

Evidence-based evaluation of endocrine-disrupting properties, based on European Commission’s scientific criteria:
Silver nanoparticles have the ability to disrupt male testicular steroidogenesis and spermatogenesis

Karolinska Institutet & Swedish Chemicals Agency

Metabolic impact of a low-dose mixture of common pollutants in female mice: intestinal outcome of a one-generationstudy

INSERM, France

PBTK modelling of PFOS and PFOA with parameterization using machine learning approaches

Karolinska Institutet

Role of mast cell mediators in the early allergic reaction in a novel house dust mite guinea pig model of asthma

Karolinska Institutet

Setup of an early screening assay for toxicity using high-content imaging of markers for drug-induced oxidative stress in HepG2 cells

AstraZeneca, Sweden

Synergistic cytotoxic effects of MTH1 inhibitor (TH1579) in combination with mitotic inhibitors (vincristine or vinblastine) in prostate cancer cells

Karolinska Institutet

What happens with the Tox master students after graduation? 

The programme is designed to provide 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.  Below is an overview of what students from the 5 last classes (2010-2018) were doing up to 6 months after graduation. Students working as a research assistant usually do so for 6-12 months in the same lab where they performed their Master thesis. Some of these students later become PhD students or get a position in industry or at a regulatory agency. 

Alumni portraits

Below are some portaits of past Tox master students. Coming soon!

European Registered Toxicologist (ERT)

What is it and how to get it! Coming soon!

More information can be found at the Eurotox ERT site here ►

Digital ambassadors and Tox student bloggers

Current and previous:

Jiehyun Choi from the Netherlands

Jennifer Tsai from USA

Jessica De Loma from Spain

Radek Gora from Poland

Yitian Zhou from China


Link to KI education (Ping pong)




Annika Hanberg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 875 26
Organizational unit: Biochemical toxicology

Senior researcher

Kristian Dreij

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 875 66
Organizational unit: Biochemical toxicology

Educational administrator

Åsa Lycke

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 874 94
Organizational unit: Administration

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