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 can combine study and work and enhance your career.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Mon 13 May 2024

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

Why follow this course?

This course will give an overview of the necessary chemicals in food that need toxicity data for safe use. This includes harmful substances like pollutants and metals, toxins from nature, and products from heating food. Unavoidable chemicals in food may consist of 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 types 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

Programme & topics

  1. Knowledge clips to explain the basic principles
  2. Distance tutorials on exercises related to risk and safety assessment of unavoidable chemicals in food and use of the relevant models
  3. 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

What you'll learn

  • 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.

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 project, you will be coached by an expert. Price: €1,230,-.

Register for the capstone project.


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 07/06/2024 (7 June 2024).

Practical information

Deadline registration

The deadline for registration for this online master's course is two weeks before the start date. If you sign up less than two weeks before the course starts, we will do our best to accommodate your registration. However, we cannot guarantee that you will begin the course on time. Please contact the course coordinator for more information via the contact form.

Level of knowledge

You must have a BSc degree in Food Science and Technology to join the course. Alternatively, you can have a degree in a similar 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 on the website for Dutch nationals, EU nationals or nationals outside EU/EFTA respectively.

Micro-credentials and Edubadge

Upon successful completion, a digital Micro-credentials certificate (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 completing a master's programme. You can register for any combination, but these are our suggestions:

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