Master's programme in Toxicology (Master's programme in Toxicology)
Owner/Developer: Karolinska Institutet (KI)
01 January 1976
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, 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 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.
Read more on how the programme is structured today at the programme website (https://pingpong.ki.se/public/courseId/7193/coursePath/5549/ecp/lang-en/publicPage.do?_ga=2.83814934.1868967841.1532092237-547969147.1433996529) or read the full description in the programme syllabus (https://ki.se/en/selma/programme-syllabus/4TX15).
Computer assisted learning, Hands-on training, Lecture
Mandatory, Optional / Voluntary
2 years (full-time)
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 universityadmissions.se.
Refinement, Reduction, Replacement
Carrying out procedures on animals, Designing procedures and projects, Taking care of animals, Killing animals, Computational methods, In vitro methods, Ethics, Legislative aspects
Partial coverage (e.g. a module)
Rodents, Lagomorphs, Mice (Mus musculus), Rats (Rattus norvegicus), Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
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Directive 2010/63/EU or equivalent, CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 or equivalent, Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 or equivalent, Plant Protection Products Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, Biocidal Products Regulation (EC) No 528/2012, Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/745, International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH), Food Safety (EC) No 178/2002 or equivalent, Test guidelines (OECD, ISO, etc.)
Both the masters programme and the courses included have learning outcomes and some of them relate to the 3Rs. Please, see the website.
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