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 Academy

Mon 10 March 2025

Duration 4 weeks (20 hours per week).
Price EUR 1,230.00

Registration deadline: 10 February 2025

Exam date: 3 April 2025

Please note that the dates for the academic year of 2024-2025 are yet to be confirmed, so they might still change.

Why follow this 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.                                                            

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.
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Programme & topics

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

What you'll learn

  • 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.

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,-.


Participation in the remote proctored exam is optional. If you decide not to participate in the exam, you do not qualify for a certificate and/or Micro-credentials. The certificate is included in the course price. The date of examination is 04/04/2025 (4 April 2025).

Practical information

Level of knowledge

To be able to participate in the course, you are expected to have at least a BSc level of education in Food Science and Technology or a related field, such as Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology.

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.

Micro-credentials and Edubadge

Upon successful completion, a digital Micro-credentials scertificate (EduBadge) with 3 study credits (ECTS) is issued.

The EduBadge certifies the learning outcomes of short-term learning experiences, marking the quality of a course. More information can be found here.

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:

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