Toxicology and Environmental Health

This MSc programme investigates risks related to chemical, biological and physical agents in the environment, the work place and the food chain from a multidisciplinary perspective. 
The programme starts with Introducing Life Sciences, a mandatory introduction week for all Master’s students of the GSLS.

The focus of the programme is on the three main approaches used in environmental risk assessment:

  • exposure assessment
  • toxicology
  • environmental epidemiology

In order to facilitate and support risk assessment, knowledge is needed on the bioavailability and hazards associated with toxic substances. Within risk assessment epidemiological research aims at establishing relationships between environmental and occupational exposures to chemical, biological and physical factors and health. 
To reliably and quantitatively measure exposure of human beings to all sorts of agents is a complex endeavor which requires rigorous methods and method development and validation.

Combining the information gathered by the three approaches mentioned above will contribute to an improved understanding of chemical and biological risks and more thorough risk assessments.

The Master’s programme will prepare students for a PhD position in fundamental or applied research, or for a direct societal position at an academic level. Alumni work in academia in the Netherlands and abroad, research institutes industry, consultancies and municipal and occupational health services. The programme also aims to form a basis for the professional recognition and registration as a toxicologist or epidemiologist.

Multidisciplinary character 
The course has a strong multidisciplinary character in the life sciences. Expertise and practical skills in diverse biomedical and life science areas are integrated into the typical risk assessment disciplines: toxicology, environmental and occupational epidemiology, and occupational hygiene.

The MSc programme (website) works in close collaboration with the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM, Bilthoven) and with TNO-Quality of Life (Zeist).

Programme scheme
*Since 2018-2019, Introducing Life Sciences, together with the Life Sciences Seminars and Navigation Towards Personal Excellence, is part of the course Life Sciences Academy.

Major Research project
Mandatory theoretical courses
Elective component
Writing assignment
Life Sciences Academy*

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