Master's Programme in Toxicology

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week in late August. Lectures starts 3 September 2018.  
  • Degree: Master of Science (120 credits) in Medical Science  

The Master's Programme in Toxicology 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-related fields or employment in risk/safety assessment-related areas in the public sector or in industry.

Programme presentation

The Master's Programme in Toxicology 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 ToxMaster programme covers principles and applications in toxicology for a broad range of chemicals - pharmaceuticals, pesticides, 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, Swetox and the Swedish Poison Information Centre, 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 on alternative approaches to animal testing.

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, global toxicology in a sustainable society, ethics, adverse outcome pathways, in silico/computational toxicology, bioinformatics, omics and practical laboratory work. During the 2nd year students can choose a track to focus more deeply into molecular and cellular toxicology or risk assessment by taking elective and project courses.

Read more on how the programme is structured today at the programme website or read the full description in the programme syllabus.

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. 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
Alumni portraits are coming soon on the programme website!

Autumn 2018

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2018
  • Application code: KI-D1006


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden. The online application opens 16 October 2017.

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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.

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 1st of February 2018.

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. 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.

Please read the information at on how to document your English language proficiency.

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 1st of February 2018


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,

Master's programme in Toxicology

The Global Master's Programme in Toxicology is unique in its cohesive focus on toxicology and health, and one of the oldest and most well-proven toxicology programmes in the world.

Jessica de Loma - toxicology student

Hear what it is like to be a student at Karolinska Institutet in the Toxicology programme, from our own Digital Ambassador Jessica, from Spain.