Master's Course Food Toxicology - Toxicity and Risk Assessment of Avoidable 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 avoidable 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

Mon 13 March 2023

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

Food Toxicology is an interesting master's course, held on a modern and functional e-learning platform, that provides essential knowledge for risk assessment in practice.
Learner from Italy

Content of the course

This course will provide an overview of the basic avoidable chemicals in food that require toxicity data to support their safe use. This includes compounds like food additives, pesticides, flavours, veterinary medicines, nanomaterials, food supplements and compounds from packaging materials. The course will also explain how, based on this information a risk assessment can be performed for these avoidable chemicals in food.                                                            

Online education

The master's course consists of online knowledge clips, tutorials and e-learning. Reading material will be provided via Brightspace.      

You will learn to

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

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). 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:6 April 2023

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