Master's Course Food Toxicology - Toxicity and Risk Assessment of Unavoidable Chemicals in Food

Are you a professional in the food industry and do you want to strengthen your expertise and knowledge about food toxicology?

In this online master's course you will study the toxicity of unavoidable chemicals in food and learn about risk assessments. Since this online course is part-time, you will be able to combine study and work and enhance your career.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Mon 15 May 2023 until Thu 8 June 2023

Duration 4 weeks (20 hours per week).
Price EUR 1,230.00
Certificate 3 ECTS
Format Online
Credits ECTS
Group size 8-20

Content of the course

This course will provide an overview of the basic unavoidable chemicals in food that require toxicity data to support their safe use. This includes compounds like contaminants including persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals, natural toxins like mycotoxins and phytotoxins, and products from heating of food. Unavoidable chemicals in food may include genotoxic carcinogens for which the risk assessment has to be performed in a specific way. The course will explain how a risk assessment can be performed for the different type of unavoidable chemicals in food.

I highly recommend this course, because I now fully understand the topic and use the acquired knowledge daily.
Sandrine Pagnard - Regulatory Project Manager at MicroPhyt

Online education

  • Knowledge clips to explain the basic principles
  • Distance tutorials on exercises related to risk and safety assessment of unavoidable chemicals in food and use of the relevant models
  • Distance e-learning materials: both simple and complex further examples related to risk and safety assessment of unavoidable chemicals in food and use of the relevant models

You will learn to

  • Understand the difference between avoidable and unavoidable chemicals of concern in food.
  • The type of unavoidable chemicals that are relevant to consider.
  • Perform their own risk and safety assessment on unavoidable chemicals in food.
  • Perform risk assessment for both non genotoxic and genotoxic carcinogens.

Combining courses

When you want to learn more about food safety and quality, other courses are interesting for you too! You can deepen your knowledge in a specific career field, without following a complete master's programme. You can register for any combination, but these are our suggestions:

Capstone project

After completion of two or more courses there is a unique opportunity to apply what you have learned. You can start a capstone project in consultation with a Wageningen expert in the field. It is a tailor-made project, where you will write a short paper about your results and conclusions. During this work you will be coached by the expert. Price: €1,230,-.

Level of knowledge

Admission to the course requires a level of education in Food Science and Technology or related, such as Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology. Relevant work experience can be considered.

English proficiency

The language of instruction of this course is in English. Admission to the course requires a level of English as defined at the website for Dutch nationals, EU nationals or nationals outside EU/EFTA respectively.


You can complete the online master's course(s) with an exam (not obligatory) or a capstone project. If you don’t complete the course with an exam or if you do not pass the exam successfully, you can ask for a certificate of attendance. When you successfully complete the course and the exam, you are entitled to a certificate of successful completion. The certificate is included in the course price.

Examination dates

  • Exam: 3 June 2021
  • Resit exam: between 5 July 2021 and 18 July 2021
  • Exam: 2 June 2022
  • Resit exam: between 4 July 2022 and 17 July 2022

Meet the instructor